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San Francisco Sets Stage for War of Words May 4, 2016

San Francisco’s District Attorney George Gascón is facing quite a bit of controversy following remarks from former Police Officers Association President Gary Delagnes made about the DA that were perhaps intended to be kept quiet. The remarks in question paint Gascón in an unfriendly light, citing his use of homphobic and racial slurs when in Delagnes’ company.

Delagnes submitted these remarks during his testimony before a blue-ribbon panel a little over a week after Gascón had to submit a testimony of his own. The consensus seemed to be troubling for the DA, citing such attitudes as being detrimental to the POA’s ability to reform itself. Prior to retiring in 2013, Delagnes spent 25 years as a police officer, nine of them as the president of the POA, which would suggest that his words carry weight. But the officer is also known for a series of excessive force charges that don’t place him in too positive a light either, despite the fact that he claims that he had a comfortable relationship with Gascón where they communicated regularly. However, Martin Halloran, the current president of the POA, backed up Delagnes’ claim, reciting a dinner with Gascón where he drunkenly demeaned minorities in public and upset some patrons at the restaurant. Delagnes also stated his willingness to testify again if called.

These charges come on the heels of a corruption investigation that has been launched by the FBI. In response to these particular charges, Alex Bastian, spokesman for the District Attorney’s Office, stated that Delagnes’ assertions are the product of his “imagination” yet did not directly refute any of the claims that were made.

Delagnes stated that his willingness to share this information about Gascón after the DA made remarks about the police force’s disinterest in addressing biases that influence their policing practice. Delagnes pointed to Gascón’s time with the police force, and stated that such initiatives to police more fairly with racial, sexual, or gender biases in mind were not of priority to the current District Attorney, placing his past at odds with his recent statements.

These charges come on the heels of a corruption investigation that has been launched by the FBI. In response to these particular charges, Alex Bastian, spokesman for the District Attorney’s Office, stated that Delagnes’ assertions are the product of his “imagination” yet did not directly refute any of the claims that were made.

Other information for George Gascon:

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Ex-police-union-leader-s-explosive-charge-6864230.php

http://newschoolmagazine.com/

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