On 2 March 2016, the SFGate reported about various declarations made by Gary Delagnes, who is the ex-head of the Police Officers Association. He asserted that George Gascon was highly undisturbed with matters concerning the Police Department during his time as the chief of police. Further, he revealed about the racially inappropriate comments made by Gascon during a night out with various union leaders, where they got drunk.
George Gascon, the District Attorney, formed the blue-ribbon task force in a bid to investigate the facts about various allegations made about the police department, which concerns homophobia, misconduct, and racism.
Delagnes statements were issued after Gascon had appeared before the blue-ribbon panel. During his appearance, Delagnes revealed that the police union interferes with the capability of a Police Commission or a police chief to put to effect the necessary reforms.
He narrated about a dinner in 2010, which included the Martin Halloran, the current president of POA, George Gascon, and a police union representative. During this time, they were attending a leadership forum for the police union that was planned by the Harvard Law School. In addition, he gave an insight into how drunk Chief Gascon was during the dinner.
He also reported to the panel about Gascon’s discriminatory statements, which he made during the dinner. According to him, Gascon was loud to the point that an African American client approached him in a bid to contain the situation since Gascon’s assertions were offensive to his family.
Further, Delagnes reported that he shared frank conversations with Chief Gascon on various occasions. He said that Gascon did not state in all those functions about gender, racial and sexual discriminations in the San Francisco Police Department. He also claimed not to remember Gascon taking any initiative to boost the diversity status within any department or level of the SFPD.
During an interview, Martin Halloran also supported the statements made by Delagnes but failed to give a detailed account for supporting him citing that Delagne’s account was self-explanatory. Delagnes also neglected to go into deeper details stating that he would do so upon being summoned by the blue-ribbon panel.
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