SF police union raising funds for indicted officers 

A $20 raffle ticket could win you two round-trip tickets to Dublin, Ireland. Second-prize winners receive a 60-inch TV, and third place gets an iPad.

The San Francisco Police Officers Association union is trying to raise money for the group of officers who were indicted in late February on a raft of federal charges.

The suspension relief fund -- and May 22 raffle -- was set up for the five current officers and one former officer who were suspended without pay last month after they became defendants in a federal case. The six face federal charges including constitutional-rights violations, extortion, lying in court and on police reports, and dealing drugs.

The officers were part of plainclothes investigation teams whose alleged misdeeds at single-room-occupancy hotels in the Mission district, Tenderloin and on Sixth Street were captured on video discovered by the Public Defender's Office in 2011. The charges involve warrantless room searches, stealing from suspects, and seizing and then selling marijuana.

The suspended officers include: Sgt. Ian Furminger, 47, of Pleasant Hill; Officer Edmond Robles, 46, of Danville; Officer Arshad Razzak, 41, of San Francisco; Officer Richard Yick, 37, of San Francisco; and Officer Raul Eric Elias, 44, of San Mateo. Former Officer Reynaldo Vargas, 45, of Palm Desert was previously removed from the force for an "unrelated" disciplinary issue, according to the department.

Other officers involved in the searches could face administrative penalties.

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Jonah Owen Lamb

Jonah Owen Lamb

Born and raised on a houseboat in Sausalito, Lamb has written for newspapers in New York City, Utah and the San Joaquin Valley. He was most recently an editor at the San Luis Obispo Tribune for nearly three years. He has written for The S.F. Examiner since 2013 and covers criminal justice and planning.
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