Supervisors express concern over crime lab fiasco 

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu said Monday he wants to help ensure the compromising of the crime lab, which has led to the dismissal of more than 90 cases, will never happen again and has offered to carry legislation — if needed — to that effect. Chiu said that other jurisdictions such as Los Angeles and Contra Costa counties have procedures in place to ensure exculpatory evidence is handled properly. The lab worker in question had a criminal history, which was not disclosed.

Other concerns raised were how the crime lab worker’s sister had provided the department with information about the alleged offenses, but the department was slow to act on it.

Supervisor Bevan Dufty said, “I am encouraged that [police Chief George Gascón] has required an internal affairs investigation as to the delay in reporting what was going on” in terms of the information the Police Department was provided by the crime lab worker’s sister.

Capt. Michael Biel said the crime lab affair is part of an “ongoing investigation.” He added. “Our crime lab is working now specifically with outside labs to get all the narcotics tested. Our crime lab has been closed for a week now. It’s undergoing an audit, an inspection period, and we feel confident it will be opened in the near future.”

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