A former San Francisco police officer who fought disciplinary charges for much of his career is suing the department for allegedly forcing him out.
A three-time Silver Medal of Valor winner and former lieutenant, Jerry Lankford claims The City brought him up on false charges in February that caused him to retire.
Lankford was placed on administrative leave after an incident that occurred at a Starbucks in the West Portal area. Lankford said the disciplinary action that would eventually cause him to retire was racially motivated.
“Plaintiff later learned that he was being accused of said false allegations by one Caucasian officer who talked with Plaintiff at a Starbucks while Plaintiff was dressed in civilian clothes and while off-duty,” the complaint reads.
Lankford has a long history of fighting disciplinary and criminal charges. He was disciplined by the Police Commission in 2006 for driving through the Tenderloin with his license plate covered by a towel.
Those charges were connected to a 2003 incident in which a 19-year-old woman accused Lankford of dragging her into his Cadillac Escalade and soliciting her for sex.
Lankford claims those charges were all payback for equal-employment complaints about racism filed against the Police Department.
The City filed a response to the complaint denying Lankford’s claims.