Update 5 p.m.: SFPD department spokesman Sgt. Michael Andraychak says Chief Suhr will forward the theft allegations onto the FBI, which is investigating previous criminal misconduct allegations brought forward by Public Defender Jeff Adachi last spring. The SFPD internal affairs department continues with an administrative investigation of potential policy violations. Andraychak reiterated, "There's no place in the SFPD for dishonest cops." Meanwhile, Andraychak says some of the officers "on the periphery" of the past episodes have been put back on active duty, while others remain on administrative jobs in civilian attire.
Andraychak defends the officers' actions in detaining Charles Tran. "It did appear he had a fighting stance and leaned in. We're not required to wait until someone hits us to protect ourselves." The police report says the officers responding to the scene of a fight were informed Tran had a box-cutter: "That's what the officers would have had in mind when they arrived on the scene."
Original story: Less than a week away from Election Day, Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who is running for mayor, alleged San Francisco Police Department officers stole evidence totaling thousands of dollars during searches, including $500 from a child's piggy bank.
He also released surveillance tape that indicates police lied about the behavior of a Richmond District merchant before officers detained him. SFPD spokespeople have not yet responded to SF Weekly's requests for comment.
detained outside his store with allegedly excessive force.
- Rick Short, who alleges that officers stole $10,000 in cash from a safe in is bedroom during the execution of a search warrant on Apr. 30, 2011. Short's case has been dismissed. His story is corroborated by witnesses. Officers involved in his case are Michael Wibunsin, Peter Richardson, Ricardo Guerrero, Robert Sanchez, and Jacob Fegan.
- Joe Melvin, who was not charged with a crime, alleges officers stole $300 and a Nokia Internet Tablet while he was detained during a search of his apartment in 2011. Melvin's roommate was the subject of the search warrant. Officers involved in the search were Jacob Fegan, Ricardo Guerrero, Peter Richardson, Robert Sanchez, Kevin Healy, Jeffrey Cuenca, and John Cvetovac.
- Stanton, whose $650 in cash disappeared after police conducted on Aug. 4, 2010 raid on his roommate. Stanton was never charged in connection with the raid. His story is corroborated by witnesses. Officers involved in the search were Jacob Fegan, Ricardo Guerrero, Peter Richardson, Robert Sanchez, Kevin Healy, Britt Elmore, Reynaldo Vargas, David Sands, Robert Greiner, Matthew Kenney, John Cathey, Eileen Cooper, Michael Moody, Joseph Emanuel, Luis Oliva, Mario Molina, and Kenneth Esposto.
- Robert Karganilla, who claims police stole his Canon Powershot camera during a May 12, 2010 routine traffic stop. The Office of Citizen Complaints sustained his claim that police failed to book the camera into evidence. His camera has not been returned and he has not been compensated for his loss.