Police confirm SF officer is being investigated over incident with man in wheelchair 

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A San Francisco police officer is under investigation by Internal Affairs and the Office of Citizen Complaints in connection with an incident last weekend in which the officer appears to have been caught on video trying to dump a quadriplegic man out of his wheelchair in the Sunnydale housing projects, Officer Grace Gatpandan said Wednesday.

The two videos surfaced on the blog The Free Thought Project and were later picked up and reported on by Vice News.

One of the two videos was posted on Facebook about 8:39 p.m. Sunday and the other was posted the following day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The incident occurred about 4 p.m. Sunday in the 1500 block of Sunnydale Avenue at the Hahn Street intersection, Gatpandan said.

In the video, posted to Facebook by a man who identifies himself as Sqaully Dee, the man in the wheelchair, identified by the blogs as Devaughn Frierson, backs his wheelchair toward the officer who reportedly pushes him.

The officer then grabs the back of the chair and starts to push the chair forward over the curb. Frierson is seen leaning out of the chair, but does not fall out because he is strapped in. The video also shows another officer who may have been trying to stop the chair from falling.

The second video is longer and the audio reveals what the men and officers were saying during the incident. At one point, the officer who pushes Frierson claims that Frierson ran over his foot. “You don’t run my foot over,” he says. At that point, someone off camera says, “Fuck your foot, you don’t throw a handicapped person like that.”

The blogs only identified the officer as Officer Carrasco. Police would not confirm his identity, but they did say he is still on duty.

The Free Thought Project quoted a man named Edwardo Delacruz who said Frierson is his cousin and that the officer works in the neighborhood and knows the community well.

Police would not provide further comment on the incident, besides saying the officers were on patrol in the area and witnessed “a heated verbal altercation” between several people. Four people were cited and released.

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