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"The only good nigger is a dead nigger and they should hang you in the town square to prevent any other nigger from coming in the area."
-- July 2011 Statement by Oakland Public Schools Police Chief Pete Sarna, referring to an African-American police officer.
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Posted: September 3, 2015 1:00 am PT - Updated: September 13, 2015 10:51 pm PT
San Francisco, CA - A San Francisco police officer under investigation for allegedly raping a woman after taking her on a date was aided by a fellow officer who interfered with the investigation and then lied about it to investigators, according to two search warrants.
The warrants, which requested seizure of cellphones from officers Curtis Liu and Jason Lai and ordered a DNA sample from Officer Lai, were issued Aug. 9 and Aug. 11.
Charges haven’t been filed against either officer, but Lai has been assigned to a post without public contact and has been relieved of his firearm. Both officers are assigned to the Taraval Station, which patrols the Sunset.
Lai had known the victim for about a month before the alleged Aug. 2 incident, according to an interview with the victim, which is mentioned in the warrant. The two met when officer Lai came into her work where he ate. Lai chatted with her and asked her out.
“Lai told Liu he met the victim on his beat and they went to the victim’s house, they had some drinks, Lai got ‘hammered’ and does not remember anything else,” according to an interview with the then-acting captain, quoted by the warrant signed by Sgt. Joseph Minner.
But the victim, according to the warrant, claimed that after the pair drank six or seven drinks of gin and then whisky at her house, Lai raped her and she passed out.
Afterward, when Lai offered to bring her breakfast, she said, “You don’t have to do that, I won’t tell anybody.”
That same day he texted her asking if she wanted to go see the new Mission Impossible film. She replied: “That wasn’t something I can get over. Please leave me alone.” He replied: “Ok. Sorry.”
When the victim went to San Francisco General Hospital on Aug. 7, she wasn’t administered a rape kit because it was more than 96 hours after the incident, the warrant said.
Six days after the alleged incident, on Aug. 8, Lt. Liu saw an incident report with his friend Lai’s name on it, according to the warrant. Liu then contacted Lai, telling him that he might be a suspect in a rape investigation. “It is my belief that Liu intentionally interfered with a felony sexual assault investigation both by lying to the officers investigating the incident and by contacting the suspect, Lai, directly to inform him of the investigation and the progress of the investigation,” wrote Sgt. Minner. “Liu’s actions not only delayed the investigation but appear to also have been an attempt to prevent the investigation from occurring at all.”
The attorney who is representing Lai said: “I understand there’s an investigation going on” when asked about the matter. However, Liu’s attorney said his client simply made a mistake. He didn’t intentionally try to interfere with the investigation. He didn’t know for sure the Jason Lai named in the incident was the same one that worked with him at the police department. “He was trying to figure out how to fix this.” The attorney said this about his client’s attempts to notify the right person about Lai being an officer.
Posted: May 01, 2015 6:18 AM PST - Updated: May 01, 2015 10:18 AM PST
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (WCJB) -- Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has recommended jailhouse deputy Scott Neu be fired. The sheriff's office will now conduct a due process hearing before a final determination on Neu's firing is made. Deputy Neu is no longer on paid administrative leave. Neu has been implicated as one of the deputies who forced inmates to participate in staged gladiator-style fights. A notice of termination proceedings was served earlier this week to Deputy Sheriff Neu. He is among the deputies accused of twice forcing inmates to fight at San Francisco County Jail No. 4. The jail is located on the seventh floor of the Hall of Justice at 850 Bryant St.
Three other deputies accused of involvement in the incident were initially placed on paid administrative leave. As of Wednesday, they are returning to work, albeit in non-public roles. According to the sheriff's office, their internal investigation into the level of involvement of the three other deputy sheriffs, Eugene Jones, Clifford Chiba and Evan Staehely, remains ongoing. Mirkarimi did not indicate the status of the investigation into additional two other Deputies Francisco Aquino and Crystal Collins. The two allegedly looked the other way when they saw a staged inmate fight happening.
Mirkarimi has said he reached out to the U.S. Department of Justice and invited the FBI to investigate as soon as he learned of the allegations from San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi on March 26. Mirkarimi said his office will not be pursuing a criminal investigation. However, he will instead leave it in the hands of the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the San Francisco District Attorney's Office. FBI special agent Greg Wuthrich said the bureau "has a much heavier hand" than local entities that would lead to a "much heavier penalty" if the allegations are found to be true.
Adachi said his office was alerted to the alleged deputy-orchestrated inmate fights by the father of an inmate via email on March 12. Adachi launched a private investigation into the allegations. When Adachi discovered the possibility of an upcoming fight, he immediately alerted Mirkarimi to the allegations to ensure the inmates' safety. The FBI, the San Francisco's District Attorney's Office and the Public Defender's Office are all continuing to investigate the allegations.
Adachi has also pointed to previous misconduct by Neu dating back to 2006. Adachi said Neu has previously been accused of sexually assaulting a male and female inmate. Lawsuits against him were settled by the city for $97,000 and that Neu remained in his post at the county jail. He said these allegations should have resulted in his termination, but did not.
Mirkarimi announced last week that San Francisco sheriff's deputies working as jail guards in San Francisco County Jail No. 4, where the alleged fights occurred, could be the first county jail guards in California to wear body-worn cameras.
Mirkarimi also said that his request for the FBI to investigate the March 23rd escape of inmate Alexander Santiago-Gonzales, has been granted. He said a $5 million warrant has been issued for Santiago-Gonzales' arrest and law enforcement is following up on leads on his whereabouts. A deputy who ignored protocol that led to the escape of the inmate from the jail is also in the process of termination and may face criminal charges, Mirkarimi said.
Posted: Sat. Apr. 4, 2015 06:04am PST - Updated: Sun. Apr. 5, 2015 02:49pm PST
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (WCJB) - San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr on Friday announced the conclusion of an Internal Affairs investigation into racist and homophobic text messages sent by officers.
Suhr said at least one police sergeant and a captain were involved. "It just makes me sick to even talk about it," said Suhr. "Certainly to have a member as high ranking as a captain was particularly disheartening."
The texts surfaced a couple of weeks ago after former officer Ian Furminger was sentenced on federal corruption charges.
Fourteen officers in all were the subject of an internal investigation. Suhr says eight - including the captain - sent messages sickening enough to warrant immediate suspension and eventual termination.
Michael Robison - a gay police officer and 23 year veteran - resigned over the texts he shared with Furminger.
On Friday, Officer Michael Celis, a 16 year veteran of the force, announced he'd step down as well - a move that may help the officers keep their pensions.
"Those [texts] don't represent his views, they don't represent how he approached his work and his life," said San Francisco attorney Tony Brass, who represents Celis and Robison. "But he understands that the texts are incompatible with continuing his work as a San Francisco police officer."
In a statement, San Francisco Police Officers Association President Martin Halloran said, "These officers need to be afforded their due process... If these allegations are proven to be true... there is no place for this type of behavior within the San Francisco Police Officers Association or the SFPD."
The officers will go before the Police Commission, which will have the final say on whether to terminate them or mete out another form of discipline.
Critics on Friday called for reform in the department. "We have to vet officers," said San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, "so we don't have officers who hold racist views that are going to endanger not only themselves but the public, and also provide training on unconscious bias."
Suhr said the department recently restored a racial profiling class that had lost funding and plans to examine officers' backgrounds for warning signs.
"You have to assume that there could be more," said Suhr. "So we're going to look at their personal history questionnaires to see if there's some commonality that we hired somebody that we should've known that we shouldn't have hired."
San Francisco, CA — A San Francisco sheriff’s deputy is facing four felony charges and a misdemeanor after he randomly assaulted a sleeping patient at S.F. General Hospital and then lied about it.
The 33-year old deputy, Michael R. Lewelling (pictured above, center) filed an official police report in November of this year claiming that the victim had assaulted him with a wooden cane. The victim was then arrested and charged with a felony and a misdemeanor.
However, surveillance footage of the assault shows that it was Lewelling that approached a sleeping man, and actually assaulted him.
According to media sources, District Attorney George Gascón says the surveillance tape:
“depict(s) the victim hunched over in a chair sleeping in the Emergency Room’s waiting area, awaiting a doctor’s appointment later that day. Deputy Lewelling approaches the victim as he is starting to wake up.
He subsequently appears to engage in a conversation with the victim, at which point the victim slowly stands up, using a cane for assistance. Once up, he attempts to take a step towards the exit. While the victim is attempting to walk away, the defendant grabs the back of his collar, pulling him back into the seat and knocking his cane away.
The victim never raised his cane in a threatening manner. A few seconds later, he appears to grab the victim’s throat and begins to choke him. The battery continued, and the victim was then placed under arrest.”
After reviewing the surveillance footage, prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for Lewelling for perjury, filing a false police report, filing a false instrument and assault under the color of authority. He also faces a misdemeanor count of battery.
Lewelling is currently out on a $138,000 bond.
“The fact that a Sheriff’s Deputy allegedly battered a patient at San Francisco General Hospital is unnerving,” Gascón said in a written statement. “What’s worse is that he’s also alleged to have perjured himself on a police report, unforgivable conduct that led to the arrest of the innocent victim.”
Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 06:04am PDT - Updated: Wed Dec 14, 2011 02:49pm PDT
Oakland, CA (WCJB) -- A former ICE agent has been convicted for telling Florida federal prosecutors a felon was a valuable organized crime informant in an effort to get leniency. A Los Angeles federal jury on Tuesday convicted 55-year-old Frank Johnston of obstruction and making false statements. Prosecutors say the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent tried to get Abdulahad Touma signed up as an informant and get him a favorable sentencing deal in exchange for a lucrative consulting job. Touma was convicted in Florida of purchasing untaxed cigarettes and he was facing 18 months in prison. Sentencing was delayed because Johnston falsely stated that Touma was an informant in two criminal investigations into immigrant smuggling and prostitution.
Johnston faces 15 years in prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 23, 2012.
February 25, 2011
SHREVEPORT, LA —— Ronnie G. “Tapper” Hendricks, the former chief of police of Vidalia, Louisiana, was sentenced today to six months in prison for making false statements to federal law enforcement agents in the course of an investigation into the use and disposition of certain firearms located at the Vidalia Police Department, United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced. Hendricks was also fined $3,000 and ordered to perform 1,000 hours of community service. In addition, Hendricks was sentenced to two years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term. The sentence was handed down by United States District Judge Dee Drell in Alexandria.
Hendricks pleaded guilty on November 18, 2010, to knowingly and willfully making three material false statements during an interview with FBI and ATF agents who were investigating possible violations of federal firearms laws. Hendricks denied transferring a fully automatic machine gun owned by the Vidalia Police Department to the custody of an individual or individuals at the Rifle Point Hunting Club in Ferriday, Louisiana, when in truth and in fact the defendant transferred the weapons for the use of the members and guests of the club. Hendricks falsely claimed that one of the individuals to whom custody of the machine gun was transferred was a reserve police officer of the Vidalia Police Department whom he had sworn in at an unofficial ceremony, when in truth and in fact there was no such ceremony, and the individual was not a reserve police officer. Hendricks also falsely claimed that the individual had signed an oath of office form related to the alleged swearing in prior to receiving the machine gun, when in truth and in fact the individual had never signed such an oath of office form.
As part of his plea agreement with the government, Hendricks was required to resign as chief of police at the time of the guilty plea. This case was investigated jointly by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Nicole O. Snyder and William J. Flanagan.
Lying is the Norm!
Posted: 03/31/2011 02:30:35 PM PDT
Updated: 04/01/2011 06:57:59 AM PDT
SAN FRANCISCO (WCJB) — A combative San Francisco Police Chief Jeff Godown came out swinging at the city’s public defender Thursday, saying he saw nothing wrong with the actions of three undercover officers from the department’s Richmond Station who were accused of misconduct after being videotaped during a recent drug search and arrest. “I’m troubled and perplexed why an elected official – Jeff Adachi - continues to paint the police department with a wide brush of police misconduct,” Godown said. “That is untrue." With several dozen members of his command staff standing around him, Godown insisted that his three officers – Sgt. Thomas Watts and officers Michael Zhang and Michele Martinez – acted according to the law and did not lie in the police report of the incident.
But during a preliminary court hearing Wednesday, a judge dismissed the case of McLaren Wenzell, 23, after reviewing security footage showing the March 1 search of Wenzell’s apartment located near 33rd Avenue and Geary Boulevard in the city’s Outer Richmond neighborhood.
The video shows the three officers searching Wenzell’s apartment building.
The three officers’ badges cannot be seen in footage of the three standing in the building’s garage, nor are their badges seen later in additional footage of them roaming hallways on the building’s third floor in search of drug activity.
In police reports submitted to the court, Officer Zhang said the three officers had their badges exposed on their “outermost clothing.” Zhang also said Watts asked for Wenzell’s consent to search his home, but in a news conference at Adachi’s office on Wednesday, Wenzell’s attorney said the consent may have been coerced.
The chief on Thursday said the officers did get consent for the search and were not required to wear their badges as undercover cops, nor – he maintained – did the report say they did.
District Attorney George Gascon said that he too disagreed with the judge’s decision to drop the case, and that his office would continue to try and pursue charges against Wenzell. The case is one of 83 that have been dismissed due to several videos released by Adachi’s office that show conflicting information between police reports and what’s seen in the footage.
The previous videos showed alleged police misconduct at various residential hotels in the city in recent months, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has taken over the investigation into those cases. Godown sought to contain the growing scandal, criticizing Adachi for using the news media to publicize the videos rather than supplying the footage to police investigators. “If there’s allegations that are valid, we’ll look at them. I’m not going to stand here and not defend the people that work in this department,” Godown said. “We handle our own investigations and we do a good job.”
Adachi fired back that the chief was ignoring evidence that proves allegations against his officers. “What we’re hearing from the chief is, ‘oh there’s no consequence. I believe the police officer over the person being accused.’” Adachi said that in Wenzell’s case and in others, the officers “are generating the information that they are relying upon” to prosecute the case.
Godown, speaking at a news conference prior to a meeting of the SFPD’s command staff, said he was “troubled and kind of perplexed” by statements made by Adachi about the case. “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 were any issues with the three officers that would require them to be removed from their regular duties. “We’re going to continue to do our job and we’re not worried about people videotaping what we’re doing,” Godown said. Officers are keenly aware that security cameras, iPhones and all manner of recording devices put every arrest and every traffic stop under scrutiny, Godown said, but cautioned that video footage does not necessarily reflect everything that happens in a police encounter. “Everytime there’s a court proceeding and everytime somebody introduces a videotape to that court proceeding, I’m not going to jump up and down and panic over it,” he said. “Everytime there’s a videotape, that doesn’t necessarily mean something is wrong.”
Capt. Richard Corriea of the Richmond Station said he had “tremendous confidence” in the three officers involved in the latest video. “If my mom called the police, these are the officers I’d want to go,” Corriea said.
San Francisco PD!
March 10, 2011
More Lies Exposed!
March 9, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO (WCJB) -- San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon has dropped eight more criminal cases because of the possibility they may have been tainted by officers who are under investigation. That brings the total number of cases either dismissed in court or dropped by the Gascon to 13. The growing number of cases is causing concern among public officials, including the mayor. "I am disturbed by the videos, what they unveil," San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said.
January 5, 2011
In the Jan. 5 case, Officer Richard Yick states in a police report that officers were met in the hallway by a woman who voluntarily opened the door to her room. A man who came to the door told officers he was on probation, which police then confirmed with dispatch, Yick wrote, before entering and searching the room. After heroin was found, both the man and woman were arrested. In the video, however, Yick is seen covering the surveillance camera with his hand while his fellow officers—Razzak, Kane and Elias--approach the room. The officers then demand the female resident open her door. All four officers then storm into the unit.
A judge dismissed the case Monday after viewing the video, said the woman's attorney, Deputy Public Defender Tal Klement. Felony Supervisor Bob Dunlap of the Public Defender's Office said the video confirms long-standing suspicions. "For years our clients have reported tales of police entering their homes without warrants or consent, in direct contravention of the Fourth Amendment and in direct contradiction of the police version of events," Dunlap said. "Now we have proof both of the police violating core Constitutional rights and committing perjury to cover their tracks."
Henry Hotel, December 2, 2010 From: sfpublicdefender | Mar 7, 2011 |
The most recent video involves Southern Station officers Arshad Razzak, Raul Elias and Raymond Kane, who are implicated in previous videos showing illegal searches in residential motels. Also involved are Southern Station Sgt. Samuel Christ and Officer Gregory Buhagiar. In the video, Sugarman's client, a 29-year-old man, is seen walking into the Henry Hotel and ascending the stairs wearing a black jacket. Moments later, police using a master key enter the sixth floor room of two women suspected of selling drugs, where the man is a visitor. Officers find a white and gold jacket slung over a chair with drugs in the pocket and no identification. According to Razzak's police report, Buhagiar states that he witnessed Sugarman's client walk into the hotel wearing the same white and gold jacket.
"My client told officers repeatedly that it was not his jacket, that his jacket was right next to him," Sugarman said. "Police never put his statements in their report, never checked the video and never booked the black jacket into evidence." Surveillance video from the Henry Hotel reveals that San Francisco Police Department narcotics officers falsified police reports in order to justify searching residences without warrants or consent.
SFPD Lying Again!
March 5, 2011
February 4, 2011 SAN FRANCISCO (WCJB) -- The headline sounds incredible, but it's true -- the San Francisco Police Department delivered illegal drugs to a crime lab technician. Debbie Madden got those drugs while she was under investigation for possible drug crimes. The I-Team even commissioned an independent lab to test the drugs the SFPD sent to Madden through her lawyer, and the tests confirm morphine and PCP. It's the scandal that rocked the SFPD -- Madden admitted to skimming cocaine from evidence she tested at the crime lab, and using it herself.
January 10, 2011 Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed San Francisco Police Chief George Gascon (pictured left) as city district attorney Sunday. Gascon will serve the remaining term of former Dist. Atty. Kamala Harris, who is now California's attorney general. Gascon, a former high-ranking official in the Los Angeles Police Department, is the first Latino to be named San Francisco's head prosecutor. Gascon will serve out the remaining year of Harris' term and is expected to seek a full four-year term as district attorney in November. Newsom named him San Francisco chief in 2009, after he served three years as chief of the department in Mesa, Ariz., where illegal immigration and police enforcement of immigration laws are hot issues.
Gascon Now Prosecutes!
December 31, 2010 "If some fell on the counter or something and it was sitting there afterwards, I may have taken that." The SFPD crime lab scandal that rocked the department has ended with a whimper, not a bang, as the California Attorney General's office has decided not to prosecute Deborah Madden, a former lab employee who was linked to missing drugs in at least six cases in the latter part of 2009, causing SF prosecutors to drop hundreds of drug cases. Madden, 60, of San Mateo, admitted to taking cocaine about five times from evidence she was testing at the lab between October and December 2009, but she insisted she only removed small amounts that spilled during the process. She went on leave from the department in December and officially retired March 1, 2010.
No Charges for SFPD Thief!
December 15, 2010 A San Francisco judge ruled Tuesday that a man imprisoned for 18 years was wrongfully convicted in a double-murder case in which San Francisco authorities failed to tell the defense that they paid thousands of dollars to the star witness. Caramad Conley, 40, has been locked up since 1992 - serving two life-without-parole terms in the 1989 double slayings on Third Street that prosecutors claimed were gang-motivated. He may soon be free as a result of the ruling by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Marla Miller, who found that Conley was denied a fair trial and unconstitutionally convicted. Miller found that police investigators knew that the prosecution's star witness, Clifford Polk, lied on the stand about whether he was being paid, but they did nothing to intervene. Citing "voluminous evidence" that Polk was lying when he claimed he was not in witness protection and therefore not receiving benefits, Miller went further, finding that the lead investigator in the case, Earl Sanders - who later became police chief - knew about the perjury. "I find that Sanders knew the testimony was false and did not correct it." Sanders (pictured above, left) could not be reached for comment, and the prosecutor in the case, former San Francisco Assistant District Attorney Al Giannini, did not return calls about the ruling. Previous Sanders case Conley, currently held in Calipatria State Prison, is not the first defendant to have been wrongly convicted in a case involving Sanders. His case bears strong similarities to court findings that led to the release of Antoine Goff and John Tennison in another botched murder case that resulted in a record civil settlement last year of $7.5 million for the defendants, who were both freed in 2003 after spending more than 10 years in prison. In that case, the courts found that prosecutors and police had information that another person might have committed the crime but did not disclose it during the trial. In the latest case, San Francisco prosecutors said they will review the findings and decide whether to appeal the ruling in favor of the defendant. They declined further comment. Both cases involved the same investigators, the late Napoleon Hendrix (pictured left) and Sanders, who retired in 2003. The cases also both involved allegations that courts found had merited overturning murder verdicts because investigators had withheld exculpatory evidence defense attorneys were constitutionally entitled to. In the Conley case, prosecutors claimed he shot and killed two people - Roshawn Johnson and Charles Hughes - in a gang-related drive-by on April 8, 1989. They based their case largely on the testimony of a key witness, Polk, who was a police informant. Johnson and Hughes were gunned down on Third Street in a shooting that left 11 others injured. Polk recounted in the 1994 trial that the defendant confessed to him. Polk admitted on the stand that he was a prior police informant who was previously under witness protection because of his testimony in another case. But, when asked on the stand if he was currently under witness protection, he denied it. However, while researching San Francisco records in the Tennison-Goff murder conviction challenge, Tennison's attorneys stumbled onto the previously undisclosed witness protection payment records involving Polk in the Conley case. Other key documents were found under piles of debris in unmarked boxes at a police warehouse in Hunters Point, said Daniel Purcell, one of Conley's lawyers. It turned out, Purcell said, that Sanders started paying Polk - an unemployed transient with a history of drug dealing - just three months before the Conley trial in September 1994. Purcell said Polk was getting weekly payments - and Sanders ultimately acknowledged those payments in testimony during a court-ordered deposition earlier this year in the case. Sanders said he told the San Francisco prosecutor, Giannini, about the payments. Giannini testified, however, that he was never told of the payments. In any event, Judge Miller found that the payments should have been disclosed to the defense. Purcell said his client's constitutional rights were clearly violated. "This was an easy case - it's a case where the police and prosecutors paid the essential prosecution witness thousands of dollars over a period of months and let him lie about it on the stand." Purcell said that prosecutors tried to argue that the witness was right when he testified he was not under witness protection because he was not part of an officially sanctioned state program. He was, however, being protected or paid as part of San Francisco's own program. "It didn't really pass the laugh test and the judge didn't give it any credit," he said. Prosecutors now must decide whether to appeal the ruling or accept it and allow Conley's release. They can also seek a new trial. Polk, however, died two years ago and all that's left is the same testimony he gave during the 1994 trial - in which the defense did not have the ability to ask about the payments. "He's about as thoroughly impeached as can be," Purcell said.
San Francisco Police! Bribery!
December 2, 2010 A former San Francisco police officer was arrested Tuesday and arraigned Wednesday on bribery charges for allegedly accepting money from taxi drivers in exchange for a passing grade on a written examination required for a permit, according to the district attorney's office. Paul Makaveckas, 55, surrendered to authorities in San Francisco on Tuesday and was arraigned in San Francisco Superior Court Wednesday. Makaveckas pleaded not guilty to four counts of bribery and was released from jail after posting $160,000 bail. He allegedly accepted bribes of around $100 each from taxi cab driver applicants over the course of two years, ending in March 2009, district attorney's office spokeswoman Erica Derryck said. In return, Makaveckas, who was in charge of administering and grading the written exams at the time, allegedly gave the drivers passing grades, according to the district attorney's office. He retired from the Police Department in March 2009, police Lt. Lyn Tomioka said. William Hancock, 60, was allegedly the middle man in the transactions. Hancock operated a taxi driving school, and applicants would allegedly pay him bribe money that he would then hand over to Makaveckas, according to the district attorney's office. Hancock was also arrested on Tuesday. He was booked into Marin County Jail and will be transferred to San Francisco for arraignment on three counts of bribery. Derryck said she did not know whether the taxi drivers involved in the case had been identified, and she said the Police Department was handling that part of the investigation. "That's something we're aware of," police Lt. Lyn Tomioka said. "I don't know if a decision has been made yet on what our plan would be" for the taxi drivers involved in the bribes. Tomioka said she did not know how many cabbies were involved in the case. "Our criminal justice system relies on the integrity of those sworn to uphold it," District Attorney Kamala Harris said in a statement. "Any breach of this code threatens the safety of our community. There is zero tolerance for individuals who violate the public trust by abusing their authority and breaking our laws for their own personal gain."