We are in trial in San Francisco right now for our client, an off-duty rookie San Francisco police officer who was wrongfully detained, arrested, and held at gunpoint by other San Francico police officers while he was going for a jog after work in Golden Gate Park. When the defendant officers realized their overzealous conduct snared another cop, not a crook, instead of admitting their mistake, they doubled down and falsely accused him of willfully resisting, obstructing, or delaying an officer in the performance of lawful duties. (Cal. Penal Code Section 148(a)(1)). This is a common charge that we see when law enforcement officers violate the law and abuse their authority. As usual, the District Attorney never filed any charges. Unfortunately, our client lost his dream job and career as a police officer as a result of this all too common event. The San Francisco Chronicle covered this case when it was filed.
This case reminds me that police misconduct affects all of us, and can touch any of us. If we don’t stand together and demand accountability from our public servants, we risk losing our cherished liberties.
I am proud to represent this police officer standing up for his, and our, Constitutional rights. And, I love being able to bring a just civil rights case like this one before a jury of our community.