12/09/2009

San Francisco chief offers break to cops in trouble

By Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross
San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO — A backlog of disciplinary cases is forcing San Francisco Police Chief George Gascón to play "Let's Make a Deal" with errant cops - offering passes for offenses that under ordinary circumstances could get them fired.

The chief figures he has to do something, having inherited a mess when he came on the job in July in which some officers' disciplinary cases had lain dormant for years.

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