Update 10:45 a.m. KQED's Peter Jon Shuler just attended a press conference by SF Interim Police Chief Jeff Godown, whom he described as "teed-off" (not exact wording) about the latest video release that the Public Defender's Office says shows improper police conduct, and which was the basis for a drug bust being thrown out of court.
Update 11:55 a.m. The SF Appeal has a report about Godown's press conference, with additional quotes:
"He continues to paint the Police Department with a wide brush" and "screams the sky is falling," Godown said. "I'm not going to sit back and let people bad mouth this department, and put out allegations of misconduct when they're not true," he said.
The chief said he saw nothing in the video that led him to believe there's any issues with the officers that would require them to be removed from their regular duties.
District Attorney George Gascon had said Wednesday that he also disagrees with the judge's decision to drop the case, and that his office would continue to pursue charges.
"We're going to continue to do our job and we're not worried about people videotaping what we're doing," Godown said.
Godown said he was perplexed as to why the case was dismissed, and that it would be "business as usual" at the Richmond station at which the officers involved work. Godown said he doesn’t see this case as connected to the spate of dropped cases related to the squad of Southern Station officers, now assigned to administrative duties, which came to light upon the release of hotel security videos.
“I’m not going to sit back and let people badmouth this dept,” Godown said.
Godown said he first heard of the latest video through rumors, then from the DA's office, and not Adachi. He said he was “disappointed” in Adachi’s campaign to “paint the department with a broad brush.”