San Francisco Police Commission
to discuss police abuse lawsuit
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
January 23, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The San Francisco Police Commission
is scheduled to discuss the settlement of a lawsuit surrounding
the alleged 2004 beating of a Sacramento man by San Francisco
The terms of the settlement have not been released, but the amount
of money the city is expected to pay should be made public if
the police commission passes the lawsuit on to the Board of Supervisors
The lawsuit stems from a March 7, 2004 incident in which Andrew
Marconi and some friends were outside the Endup, a popular late
night dance club on the intersection of Sixth and Harrison streets.
According to charging documents, Marconi and his friend, Eric
Gora, were urinating in an alleyway behind the club when a San
Francisco police patrol car pulled up. Three officers got out
of the car and approached the two men.
Marconi, who is gay, claims in the lawsuit that the officers
began yelling homosexual slurs such as "fag," "faggot,"
"faggot ass" and "queer."
One officer then told the two men, "You peeing on my streets?
Do you think we want your AIDS infected pee on our streets?"
The lawsuit claims that the officers forced Marconi to kneel
in his own urine while they continued to sling epithets. The officers
then allegedly became violent.
In the complaint, Marconi claims one of the policemen grabbed
his head, slammed it into a wall and then used his hair to mop
up the urine. Then the officers took Marconi's shirt off and continued
to mop up the urine.
The officers stopped only after Marconi's friend Gora pulled
out a Stockton Police Department badge with his star number on
it. The officers then fled in their patrol car.
Marconi's lawsuit charges the offending officers with battery,
assault, negligent supervision and intentional infliction of emotional
The lawsuit also holds the officers' direct supervisors responsible
as well as the city of San Francisco for "condoning and-or
tacitly encouraging the abuse of police authority."
The lawsuit was removed for settlement on Aug. 9. A lawyer for
the plaintiff, Lisa Schlittner did not return a call for comment
today and the city attorney's office did want to comment on the
The police commission meeting is expected to begin at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday after a discussion of the lawsuit in closed session.
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