SFPD Officer Alleges He Was Beaten By Three San Francisco Cops

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An African American SFPD cop is alleging that three of his fellow officers beat him up last night in what the NAACP is labeling "racial profiling."

According to SFPD, the incident took place at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Bayview District between Third Street and Newcomb Avenue during a traffic stop.

The officer making the claim, Lorenzo Adamson, Jr., a 15-year veteran at the department, says that three Caucasian officers pulled him over on a vehicular violation while he was off-duty. He claims they verbally harassed him by first asking him if he was "on parole," then pulled him out of the car, threw him onto the ground, and physically assaulted him. After Adamson identified himself as a cop, the officers fled, according to NAACP President Amos Brown.

Earlier today, the NAACP held a press conference to demand that the Mayor's Office and Police Commission conduct a "thorough" investigation of the incident. In response, SFPD Commander Charlie Orkes gave a statement on behalf of the department today at The Hall of Justice.

Officer Gordon Shyy, a spokesman with the Department, confirmed that Adamson was pulled over at a traffic light for "multiple" traffic violations, including not having a license plate and having dark-tinted windows on the driver and front passenger sides. After being directed to pull over, Adamson at first failed to comply. After he finally pulled over, SFPD says the situation "deteriorated to a physical confrontation," but that, before the assault, "at no point did he identify himself as a police officer." Adamson, SFPD claims, only identified himself as a cop after the assault began.

Shyy added the off-duty officer was carrying a firearm, which was spotted during the confrontation.

Adamson was transported to the Bayview police station after the incident, and was cited for criminal charges for the traffic violations and obstructing and delaying an officer. He was released shortly afterward, according to the SFPD.

SFPD became aware of the allegations this morning through media sources announcing the NAACP press conference.

Brown received information on the issue from "someone" this morning, but wouldn't elaborate. He and the NAACP say they plan to follow this case until it is resolved.

According to Brown, this case is evidence of "racial profiling," and says it is clear that the SFPD "has no respect and communication with the black community."

"Black people are in a hostile environment," Brown says. "We must not profile black men as convicts. That's the ignorance we're dealing with."

However, the SFPD responded, saying "it is not a racial profiling case, we do not condone racial profiling. The vehicle that was stopped had no license plate. Any police officer is going to see that and stop that car to investigate."

This case is being investigated by SFPD's Internal Affairs Division.




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red.marcy.rand
red.marcy.rand topcommenter

This punk is guilty. Reverend Brown is a professional Black. Ignore him.

sedonasherpa
sedonasherpa

Have to consider if this was a BAITING situation...Dude looking to provoke officers and then claim the race card and go out with 3-4 Million and 65% pension...  NYPD has had this happen many times...until the city stopped settling every case!

Cj Jones
Cj Jones

So, "How does it feel?"....Karma, I tell you. Cops just don't get it.

John Lilly
John Lilly

That's not exactly how I read the story. I read that he didn't I.D. himself as a cop and had a gun with him. If that's the case, he could have prevented the whole thing. But he didn't.

Carmichael Caudron
Carmichael Caudron

Happened to my friend in Miami. She sued her own department and won. Then she transferred out of there of course.

nwgunslinger
nwgunslinger

Get used to it.  We live in a police state. Everything they do in Sacramento and in citys and counties statewide is designed to implement a police state.   Nothing is going to make this better, it's just going to get worse.

As long as you continue to vote for people who believe that the state should have unlimited power to "help" the people and to protect them from themselves this kind of behavior by those empowered with the authority to use force against us will continue unabated.

fyi2day
fyi2day

Dear Amos, It is not only black people that are see their rights violated routinely by police forces that have been militarized with money and encouragement from the federal overlords. Police today are being trained to believe their job is control and safety when it should be protecting freedom. We need to be sure that police training and existing forces understand truly their oaths to the Constitution. How many police do you believe today could pass even a simple test on the Constitution?

mick_magill
mick_magill

Uhhh....


After he finally pulled over, SFPD says the situation "deteriorated to a physical confrontation," but that, before the assault, "at no point did he identify himself as a police officer." Adamson, SFPD claims, only identified himself as a cop 
after the assault began.

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So, RIGHT HERE, they admit they assaulted the nigger... and it's his fault for not identifying himself as a cop before the assault began? Fire these racist, violent, pricks.

Is that what I just read? (to be clear, I am assuming THEY think "nigger", not me)

TomSellick
TomSellick

"it is not a racial profiling case, we do not condone racial profiling. The vehicle that was stopped had no license plate. Any police officer is going to see that and stop that car to investigate."

If they're white, they'll get ticketed and sent on their merry way. If they're black, they get the shit beaten out of em.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Why are they whining that he didn't identify himself as a cop right away?   If  they'd stopped him for a legitimate violation, why would it make a difference if he was a cop or a civilian?  They're basically admitting that cops get different treatment. 

Also, if the three perp cops fled, how did he end up getting arrested and charged?

elizabethfrantes
elizabethfrantes

I don't buy his story.  There are plenty of cops in the department who shouldn't be there.  The OCC, as a watchdog, is basically an incontinent, toothless toy poodle, all it can do is yap and piddle.  Bring back the old days of Internal Affairs!  The worst sort of crook is a bad cop, and he sure sounds like one.  Hell, I was taught about the attitude test when I first started driving, always comply meekly when pulled over!  And why was he not in compliance with the vehicle code?  Had he done so, he would not have been pulled over.  So it's more "stupid profiling" than racial profiling. 

TPPM
TPPM

FTP!!!! ACAB!!!!

supertzar1
supertzar1

The handful of times I've been pulled over in the Bay Area in the past several years they always ask if Im "on parole". When the tables are turned suddenly this is 'harassment'. I was never on parole,nor in prison BTW.

soren9
soren9

Yes, Amos Brown/NAACP, let's all jump to conclusions right away. That's helpful and productive. That's not self-serving grandstanding at all. Nope.

Regarding the reporting above, shouldn't things like "before the assault" and "after the assault" be "before the alleged assault" and "after the alleged assault"? I'm not a lawyer or a journalist, but that would seem to be the standard practice at this point, no?

aliasetc
aliasetc topcommenter

First of all this African American designation is crap unless you state if the 3 cops are described like Italian American, German American , Chinese American not just as "white". It was a black stopped by 3 whites for a driving with no plate and dark windows, so when they lite him up they didn't know if he was white, black, yellow or green!

atwarwithin
atwarwithin

Isn't the very nature of the name NAACP racial profiling itself?  "Colored People"?  They should start by changing that, and then move forward by not saying "black people" either.

elizabethfrantes
elizabethfrantes

@sedonasherpa Well, you could be right, but more likely, he got busted because he's stupid, and like all those folks when caught being stupid in public, adds to the offense by trying to blameshift. 

elizabethfrantes
elizabethfrantes

@fyi2day You can believe that the accusing officer has done the same, if not more, to suspects himself.  The guilty most loudly proclaim their innocence and all that.  But eventually, as history demonstrates, over and over, the running dogs stop taking order and turn on their masters when they realize they are no safer than those they are paid to control. 

elizabethfrantes
elizabethfrantes

@TomSellick  If they pass the attitude test, sure.  If not, they get the same treatment.  It pays to be polite in many situations, dearie.  Try it yourself. 

thatguy
thatguy

@TomSellick  Fuck you man, no we dont get ticketed and sent on our merry way, we pay out the ass. 

Raindrops
Raindrops

Why are you a "top commenter"? Because you make non sensical and aggressive comments on everyone else's posts? Can we change your tag to "supremely annoying"?.

TPPM
TPPM

@aliasetcBut they knew when they threw him on the ground and assaulted him!!!!

aliasetc
aliasetc topcommenter

There are White, Black, Yellow and Red and all humans are either one or a combo of them

neima06
neima06

@thatguy @TomSellick how is paying out the ass different than being ticketed...? maybe times have changed but last i checked tickets are resolved by payment, they're resolved financially. and i notice that you don't in any way negate the far more concerning issue of black folks getting the shit beat out of them by police on a basis regular enough for it to not even cause surprise. the issue is that no matter how much you pay, your physical safety of is not going to be at stake. that angle of thinking is precisely what allows people to feel its acceptable that these things happen. way to be part of the problem, good job...

elizabethfrantes
elizabethfrantes

@TPPM @aliasetc Um . .. it is not unheard of for members of particular agencies to get a bit rough with each other . . fights in firehouses are common, as are fights by cops . .. and when you look at the data, most fights happen in the home, by family members . .. he had a beating coming and he lost.  Suck it up and soldier on, don't be a crybaby.  You wanna see some beatdowns, ask any Marine what happens when you call someone out . ..  esp a ranking officer . .. and did you hear of the donnybrooks in NYC between the cops and the smoke eaters?  But for a classic cop beatdown . ..when the dykes took down all of the Richmond station shift when some drunken cowboy cops tried to mess with 'em . ..

elizabethfrantes
elizabethfrantes

@Raindrops Uh, dearie, as you should be able to comprehend, I am using my real name in here.  That's all I use online, other than my google blog, which is tiggrrrsf (my ballpark nick is tiggrrr you see) and you are not using a real name, so who is hiding behind a computer?  And I do say much more in public, just ask Gavin Newsome, Chris Daly, etc ... used to do a lot of political activatin' in this sorry town.  I'm guessing you never got your GED .. .

Raindrops
Raindrops

Oooh, you're so big and bold, using your real name while hiding behind your computer screen, sitting at home. Go say a QUARTER of this out loud in the real world, to the very people you're talking about. I'm guessing you've never engaged in any real dialogue with anyone outside of your own social circle, if you have one.

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