On March 1, 2016, District Attorney George Gascon announced at a press conference that he filed on misdemeanor and felony charges against one current and three former deputies in San Francisco, California. When he was a police chief, he was really close to the police union that he is now criticizing as being obstructionist and indifferent about the police department diversity. As a matter of fact, he even made a few racially derogatory remarks when he was heavily drinking one night with the union leaders. And with all of this in mind, Gary Delagnes, former Police Officers Association’s president, made some assertions in a sworn declaration to a blue ribbon task force concerning Gascon deliberately setting up to look for allegations of homophobia and racism within the department.
With this situation, the detailed allegations of Gascon, Delagnes, and another witness are as follows:
1. Eight days proceeding Gascon’s appearance in front of the panel on February 22, Delagnes submitted a declaration. Gascon testified in front of the panel that the police union encourages the Police Commission or chief of police the ability to implement reform that is not for better purposes.
2. With Delagnes being on the force for 25 years, and served as POA president for nine years, he is known for his verbal insults, and he saves the worse for his declaration. He stated his recounting of a 2010 dinner with Gascon; Martin Halloran, current POA President; and another union rep in Cambridge, Mass. where Gascon was drinking heavily and made several derogatory remarks about minorities. He said that Gascon was loudly animated about an African American approaching him to ask him to control his behavior because he was offending his family.
3. On the other hand, Gascon announced criminal charges against deputies allegedly forcing inmates to fight one another. He did this in San Francisco at the Hall of Justice.
4. Halloran verifies Delagne’s account, but neither Delagnes, nor Halloran give specifics. Halloran only states of the declaration speaking for itself, and Delagnes said that he will provide more details if required to testify by the blue ribbon panel of Gascon.
Others involved with this situation has stated their thoughts for or against Delagnes, and there are other ongoing statements about this situation as they continue to investigate. For more information, you can click here.