San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón says he is reassigning staff and looking for more funding to investigate three separate scandals involving city law enforcement agencies.
"I find it repulsive," Gascón told a gathering of reporters at his office today. "In my entire 30-year-plus career in law enforcement, these are some of the worst allegations that I have seen. And I find them extremely troubling, not only because of the incidents, but because of the potential repercussions for involving so many prosecutions."
Gascón said he's forming a task force in the district attorney's office composed of three teams -- a team for each of three scandals that broke since mid-March.
The first involved a series of bigoted text messages allegedly swapped between several San Francisco police officers. The text conversations were recovered from former SFPD Sgt. Ian Furminger's cell phone, according to federal court documents filed March 13, but implicated at least four current SFPD officers, and possibly more. Furminger was convicted on federal fraud and conspiracy charges and sentenced to three years and five months in prison last month. He is appealing his conviction.
A week and a half later, Public Defender Jeff Adachi released a private investigator's preliminary findings that San Francisco sheriffs' deputies at one of the city's jails were threatening and humiliating inmates and forcing two of them to fight for entertainment. Inmates told Adachi and the independent investigator that deputies were betting on the fights.