San Francisco Police Commission
approves police brutality settlement
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
February 8, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The San Francisco Police Commission
approved a settlement Wednesday night in a brutality incident
at a local nightclub involving three San Francisco police officers
and a visiting Sacramento man.
The amount of money the city will have to pay has not been made
public, but the settlement will be revealed when it goes to the
Board of Supervisors for approval.
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 at 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 at him. One officer then allegedly
told the two men, "You peeing on my streets? Do you think
we want your AIDS-infected pee on our streets?"
In the lawsuit, Marconi claims one of the policemen grabbed his
head, slammed it into a wall and then used his hair to mop up
the urine. The officers took Marconi's shirt off and continued
to mop up the urine, according to charging documents.
Marconi's friend, an off-duty Stockton police officer, witnessed
the incident and pulled out his badge, prompting the officers
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