After allegations were made against the San Franciso Police Department claiming that the department is inherently racist and homophobic, District Attorney, George Gascón, set up a blue-ribbon task force to investigate the complaints. Stating his concern for the well-being of the city as a result of the tight bond shared between the officers who more than likely grew up together, Gascón appeared to be an advocate for the victims. However, when his own dirty laundry began to air, suspicions began to raise in the courtroom and across the city.
Former President of the Police Officers Association, Gary Delagnes, described his once close relationship with Gascón. Discussing their weekly dinners and coffee meetings as being very productive, Delagnes also stated that the District Attorney never once expressed his concern for the racism or homophobia in the police department. To make matters worse, a drunken night of racially slurred words was mentioned in a statement as well.
Recalling the events of a 2010 dinner organized by Harvard Law School, Delagnes illustrates an ugly truth. “During that dinner, Chief Gascón, who was drinking heavily, began reminiscing on his time with the Los Angeles Police Department,” said the former President of the POA. The reminiscing became increasingly racist to the point where an African-American male at another table confronted Gascón. If the very man attempting to abolish the racism and homophobia allegedly being found in the SFPD is seemingly racist himself, who is the public to believe? Is the police department, in fact, corrupt, or is this an attempt to boost Gascón’s campaign?
While Gascón’s defense panel attempted to disprove any charges made against him by claiming the speakers are very imaginative, there is no denying that these accusations of racism against Gascón can ruin his blue-ribbon panel, undoubtedly. Continually discussing events that would disprove any accusation made by the District Attorney, Delagnes is definitely holding the upper hand in disproving the allegations made against the police department.
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