SFPD Director Ends Agreement with DA Office Chesa Boudin for Use of Compulsory Cases – CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) – Sheriff Bill Scott announced Wednesday that the San Francisco Police Department will terminate a memorandum of understanding with the San Francisco County District Attorney’s Office alleging prosecutors concealed evidence in the courtroom. a criminal case involving an officer accused of brutally beating a Black man.

Back in July 2021, the SFPD and the District Attorney’s Office signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing that the District Attorney will independently investigate all officer-related shootings, deaths in prison, and use of force resulting in serious bodily injury.

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The termination comes after District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigator Magen Hayashi testified last week in a criminal case in which, under pressure from prosecutors, she misled police. investigate and withhold evidence from an affidavit.

In the case, officer Terrance Stangel has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, assault with the potential to cause major bodily injury, and assault under his command in connection with an October 2019 encounter with Dacari Spiers in the Fisherman’s Wharf area of ​​the city. Initially, Stangel and another officer reacted to reports of a man strangling a woman, and once at the scene, a struggle ensued between Spiers and the officers, resulting in the Stangel is accused of hitting Spiers in the leg several times with a baton.

As a result, Spiers suffered broken legs and wrists as well as lacerations to his legs.

According to police, Hayashi, who works at the DA’s Office of the Independent Investigations Bureau, testified during a January 27 superior court hearing, “I understand that our investigative steps, meaning As investigators, it’s not a two-way street with the police department and us – they have to give us information, but we won’t give it back to them.”

She also testified that when police investigators called and asked for information, “there were different attorneys saying the same thing, which means, ‘Tell them we don’t know. We don’t have any plans, or “no comment,” for that to happen. “

In a letter Scott sent to District Attorney Chesa Boudin on Wednesday explaining the termination of the MOU’s contract, Scott said he has “very serious concerns” about Hayashi’s testimony.

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Scott added, “It appears that the DA’s Office is conducting ongoing investigations against SFPD officers including withholding and withholding information and evidence for which the SFPD is entitled to conduct further investigations. auxiliary criminal investigation under the MOU.”

In response, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Rachel Marshall said since the Memorandum went into effect, “our office has made tremendous progress in reducing police violence.” “.

“It is disappointing, but it is not coincidental that the SFPD chose to withdraw from this agreement in its initial trial against a San Francisco police officer on duty for unlawful assault,” she said. “San Franciscans deserve to be safe – including unwarranted police violence.”

The criminal trial against Stangel began this week.

In a separate federal case, Spiers sued the city alleging civil rights violations and assault. City attorneys offered the city to settle that lawsuit for $700,000.

The city’s supervisory board was prepared to approve the settlement on Tuesday, however, in light of Hayashi’s testimony in the criminal case, Supervisor Catherine Stefani requested a closed-door meeting with the Law Office city ​​council and continue the matter for next week’s council meeting.

Stefani said: “The conduct of the DA’s Office in this case could rise to the level of criminal conduct, including obstruction of justice and perjury.

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