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San Francisco Police Chief cuts ties with DA Chesa Boudin over police shooting investigations

By New York Post

San Francisco Police Chief William Scott’s criticism against “lenient” prosecutors took another turn on Wednesday after he announced his department will no longer work with the District Attorney’s Office in police-involved shooting cases.

Scott, who has spoken against San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin‘s reform-leaning policies, said the D.A.’s Office broke their mutual agreement after a recent testimony from a D.A. investigator revealed she was instructed to mislead police.

“Very serious concerns have been brought to my attention regarding recent testimony in the Superior Court of the County of San Francisco from a member of the D.A.’s Office who was assigned as an investigator to your Independent Investigations Bureau at the time of the incident in question, ” Scott wrote to Boudin. “Other evidence that was brought forward to the court corroborated the D.A. Investigator’s testimony as it related to violations of the (Memo Of Understanding) agreement. It appears that the D.A.’s Office has an ongoing practice of investigations against SFPD officers that includes withholding and concealing information and evidence the SFPD is entitled to have to further ancillary criminal investigations in accordance with the MOU.”

Scott’s decision to sever the agreement stems from a case involving Officer Terrance Stangel, who is facing a criminal battery and assault charge for allegedly beating a man with a baton.


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