Thursday, March 10, 2011
From The New York Times:
SAN FRANCISCO — With a group of undercover police officers under suspicion of perjury and conducting illegal searches, the San Francisco district attorney said Wednesday that his office would drop dozens of drug and robbery cases and continue to investigate scores more for possible dismissal.
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[The District Attorney] made his announcement even as federal agents continued to investigate the actions of a group of officers based in the city’s Southern Station, a downtown precinct that includes pockets of residential hotels.
It was in two of these hotels, notorious for drug use and sales, where officers were videotaped using questionable methods. In one case involving a heroin arrest in January, an officer covers the lens of a surveillance camera while three other officers approach a room and order the resident to open the door before pushing their way in, allegedly without a warrant, according to the public defender’s office. A police report stated that the woman had voluntarily let the officers into her home.