Gascón apologizes for terrorism comment 

Police Chief George Gascón sent out an apology Friday after making remarks Thursday at a breakfast that offended some in the Middle Eastern community.

While it isn’t exactly clear what Gascón said, it was related to a discussion about The City’s susceptibility to a terrorist attack and that so many Bay Area residents are from countries in the Middle East.

“Police Chief George Gascón would like to apologize to those in the Arab, Middle Eastern, and Muslim communities who were offended by his comments yesterday. Chief Gascón did not intend to upset the community and he his mindful of the importance of cultural sensitivity, not only here in San Francisco, but nationally. The Chief and members of the San Francisco Police Department would also like to wish those of you who celebrate, a very happy Persian New Year.”

While the breakfast was meant to bolster support for the $412 million San Francisco Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response Bond, homeland security has been one of Gascón’s priorities since arriving in August.

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