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Update on San Francisco Police Department Video Scandal: Total of 57 Cases Dropped

| March 9, 2011
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SF police officer obscures a video camera during an arrest. Click to watch video.

Update 11:31 a.m. KQED’s Peter Jon Shuler reports the following from George Gascon’s press conference on the SFPD scandal that involves illegal police conduct during arrests:

SF DA Gascon is dropping 42 more cases, putting the total at 57. These represent cases that are pending or open cases, or involve people in custody. They haven’t begun to look at cases that are closed. That’s the next step but Gascon won’t speculate on how many closed cases might be involved.

Update 4:38 p.m. The Chronicle has a story up now.

Earlier post:

Yesterday afternoon, the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office sent out an update on the scandal involving the squad of undercover police officers whose purported illegal conduct during arrests — caught on a series of videos — has caused the D.A. to drop a growing number of cases. Matier & Ross report today that the D.A. may abandon more than 40 cases in total.

The D.A. is holding a press conference today, so we could have a more definite total soon…

Here’s the rundown of cases dropped so far, from Tamara Barak Aparton of the Public Defender’s Office.

Total cases dropped since scandal: 13

Cases with video dropped: 4 (3 public defender cases, 1 private attorney case)

Cases dropped Monday: 1 (public defender case)

Cases dropped Tuesday: 8 (5 public defender cases, 3 private attorney cases)

Tuesday’s dropped cases:
1. Public Defender Client: Man, 23,
Charge: Grand theft from a person, misdemeanor.(Robbery Abatement Team case)
Arrest: Jan. 12, 2011, Sixth and Market
Officers involved: Buhagiar, Elias, Razzak, Forneris, Christ, Madrid, Kane
Max exposure: 1 year

2. Private Attorney Client: codefendant of Client 1.
Private Attorney: Nicole Gianciti
Charge: Grand theft from a person, misd.(Robbery Abatement Team case)
Arrest: Jan. 12, 2011, Sixth and Market
Officers involved: Buhagiar, Elias, Razzak, Forneris, Christ, Madrid, Kane
Max exposure: 1 year

3. Public Defender client: Man, 52
Charge: Multiple counts of possession of heroin and cocaine for sale, felony. Was scheduled for trial April 22
Arrest: Oct. 2, 2010, Tenderloin (was passenger in a car)
Officers involved: Christ (reviewing officer), Razzak (reporting officer, testified at preliminary hearing Dec. 27 and 28)
Elias, Madrid, Forneris, Yick, Buhagiar
Max exposure: 35 years

4. Public Defender client, man
Charge: possession for sale of crack, felony
Arrested: July 30, 2010 in front of Henry Hotel (he was a resident).
Officers involved: Elias
Maximum exposure: 27 years, four months

5. Public Defender Client: Man, 35
Charge: Marijuana sales, felony
Arrested: Feb. 16, 2011, Market and Sixth (sidewalk buy-bust)
Officers involved: Madrid (reporting officer), Christ (reviewing officer), Buhagiar, Razzak, Elias, Kane, Forneris

6. Private Attorney Client: Man, 55 (Client #5 co-defendant)
Private Attorney: Franz Feutsch
Charge: Marijuana sales, felony
Arrested: Feb. 16, 2011, Market and Sixth (sidewalk buy-bust)
Officers involved: Madrid (reporting officer), Christ (reviewing officer), Buhagiar, Razzak, Elias, Kane, Forneris

6. Public Defender Client: Man, 43
Charge: Second-degree auto burglary, accepting stolen property (felonies)
Arrested: Oct. 17, 2010, 10th and Bryant streets
Officers involved: Razzak, Yick
Maximum Exposure: Life

7. Private Attorney Client: Man, 28
Private Attorney: Jonah Chew
Charge: Two counts of drug sales
Arrested: Sept. 4, 2010
Officers involved: Buhagiar, Yick, Razzak

Aparton also said that she didn’t know how many more private cases connected to the scandal have been dropped.

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