SFPD scandal plays role in chief search 

An announcement on San Francisco’s new police chief is still two weeks away, Mayor Ed Lee said Thursday, and the latest scandals alleging perjury and warrantless searches by officers are playing a big role in the interview process.

Lee has interviewed two of three “excellent candidates,” but he might have follow-up questions as to how they would deal with the growing list of dropped cases publicized by Public Defender Jeff Adachi.

George Gascón left as chief in January after the surprise announcement that Mayor Gavin Newsom had appointed him district attorney. Jeff Godown, Gascón’s second in command who came from the Los Angeles Police Department, was named interim chief.

After months of interviews, The City’s Police Commission submitted three recommendations to Lee. The mayor will either choose one of the commission’s recommendations or reject them all and ask for more.

“I have been concerned about how certain things have occurred in the last month ... and I wanted to make sure that we have plans for whoever is selected to be able to respond and correct those things that have been seen,” Lee said.

More than 80 cases have been dismissed due to the videos, which allegedly show discrepancies between police reports and what is seen in the footage.


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