For the second time in a week, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi accused police of stealing from drug suspects after releasing video footage Tuesday that shows two officers walk into a residential hotel empty-handed and leave with bags that were not booked into evidence.
This is the same city (and possibly the same hotel) where cops have been caught on video entering without permission and then claiming to have been given permission to search, leading to the dismissal of nearly 100 cases.
What makes the cop’s story even fishier in this case is that the cops supposedly found meth in the apartment, yet the charges were dropped when the cop who was caught on video with the bag didn’t show up in court despite a subpoena.
The resident says there was a laptop and video camera missing.
The police union has it all figured out, however.
The latest accusation brought an angry response from the head of the police officers’ union, who said there was probably an innocent explanation and called Adachi a “media whore” who is staining the careers of good cops for political gain. […]
The union president, former narcotics inspector Gary Delagnes, said he had supervised or worked alongside Guerrero and other officers facing accusations. Guerrero, he said, was “my best undercover (officer) out there for 10 years. … There’s never been a single allegation that he has taken a dime.”
Delagnes said he had spoken to Guerrero and that the officer didn’t recall the backpack. However, Delagnes said, narcotics officers sometimes collect evidence in bags found at a scene and then throw away the bags.
“I’m guilty of it myself,” he said. “Rather than book the $1 backpack, we throw it away.”
He continued, “Why would you steal a $50 camera when you’re probably seeing $100,000 a month in cash? These are top-level cops, and they’re trying to allege they went over the wall for coffee, tequila and an iPod? It’s ludicrous.”
Hmmm… Is it really a good idea to point out that the cop could be stealing a whole lot more than a laptop and camera?