Another Video Released Showing Alleged SFPD Misconduct

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi has released a new surveillance video that he said shows more police misconduct during a drug arrest.

This latest video is of a drug bust at the Jefferson Hotel on December 30, 2010.

Adachi said it shows officers illegally searching a room at the hotel, taking a bag that belonged to the resident and then physically attacking a bystander.

The man who was arrested that night, Fernando Santana, said he had hats, DVDs and other items in the bag that were taken.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

“I got it for Christmas and I never imagined it would be police officers that did it,” Santana said. “I thought it was staff.”

The drug case against Santana was later dismissed and the video has been handed over to San Francisco Police.

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said he has made getting to the bottom of this case the top priority of the department’s Internal Affairs division.

“I immediately initiated an investigation. We pretty much shutdown on all the other cases,” Suhr said. “I believe that the character of my officers is paramount.”

In March, Adachi released other videos that he said showed officer misconduct during drug busts at the Henry Hotel. Those claims are now being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • muhammed

    90% of cops are dirty.

    • Max Weinber

      90% of people named muhammed are terrorists

  • jon

    90% of people named Muhammad are dirty.

  • Mac Day

    90% of people who spell there name Jon instead of John have sugar in theri tank

  • Edi Matzel

    Are you aware of the the police officer that was run over by a driver Yesterday afternoon?!?! Oh, Yeah! I guess that would actually be “news reporting”. No you just go ahead and bash cops because “bought and paid for” political wannabee Adachi has commanded you. Your propaganda stinks, and that is why “news” media is in it’s death throes.

  • zagwee

    These gung ho yahoo cops are out of control. And they wonder why people rejoice everytime some stupid cop gets clipped in the line of duty!

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    i am the one who had his stuff stolen in the most recent video released . my name is fernando santana , i am not anti police . without laws and police we would be living in chaos. but i do belive that if you are a cop be a good cop. not thieving lying worms . ive been in hell for almost five months due to this incident . its not fair that i have my property stolen under color of law ! and the problem isnt isolated to that first batch of crooks er i mean cops no crooks was correct. so who is to say that there are no more crooked cops in san fran ?WE JUST DONT KNOW

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