03/10/2011

42 more cases dropped in SF misconduct case

A scandal involving eight undercover officers caught on tape has prompted investigations by the FBI, DA, and SFPD

By Jaxon Van Derbeken
The San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO — The misconduct investigation into a San Francisco police unit of undercover officers forced prosecutors to drop another 42 criminal cases Wednesday afternoon, District Attorney George Gascón announced.

The growing scandal, which has prompted separate investigations by the FBI, the district attorney and the Police Department, involves eight officers in the plainclothes unit that works the South of Market and Treasure Island areas. Their tactics have been called into question after the release last week of several videos that show officers busting into residential hotel apartments.

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