Board of Supervisors to approve SFPD misconduct
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
April 10, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The San Francisco Board of Supervisors
is expected to approve an $82,500 settlement today in an alleged
police misconduct incident at a local nightclub involving
three San Francisco police officers and a visiting Sacramento
If approved, the settlement would end a three-year struggle for
Andrew Marconi, who claims he was humiliated and intimidated by
on-duty police officers at a club across the street from the city's
Hall of Justice.
The lawsuit stems from a March 7, 2004 incident in which 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 was urinating in an
alleyway behind the club when a San Francisco police patrol car
Three officers allegedly got out of the car and approached Marconi
and his friend Eric Gora.
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
According to charging documents, officers allegedly took Marconi's
shirt off and continued to mop up the urine.
Marconi's friend, an off-duty Stockton police officer, witnessed
the alleged incident and pulled out his badge, prompting the officers
Marconi, who lived in Sacramento at the time, never filed a complaint
with the city's Office of Citizen Complaints and the incident
was never taken before the police
commission prior to his filing the lawsuit.
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