Office of Citizen Complaints charges two officer
with neglect of duty
By Adam Martin, Bay City News Service
February 24, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) -- The San Francisco Office of Citizen
Complaints has filed charges with the Police Commission against
two more officers involved in a car chase on June 29, 2004, that
ended in police fatally shooting Gustavus Rugley, 21, of Daly
Officers Michael Lewis and Sylvia Morrow both face charges of
neglect of duty for allegedly improperly participating in the
On June 29, according to charging documents, a team of officers
had Rugley under surveillance when he became aware of their presence
and tried to escape. The officers chased him in their unmarked
cars before stopping him, according to the documents.
According to police reports given to the Police Commission in
2004, Rugley pointed his gun at 14 officers and emptied two clips
before the officers shot him to death.
Lewis and Morrow are not being charged with improper conduct
in relation to the shooting, but rather the chase that preceded
Four other officers were charged by the OCC on Feb. 13 in connection
with that chase and events that took place immediately after Rugley's
shooting. Officers Richard Alves, David Seid and Arthur Gabac
all face neglect of duty charges. Their superior, Inspector Mark
Gamble, faces two neglect of duty charges and one unwarranted
Gamble allegedly held Rugley's mother handcuffed in the back
of a patrol car for more than an hour after the shooting, according
to charging documents. He allegedly did not place her under arrest
or provide any reason for her detainment.
The cases against Alves, Seid, Gabac and Gamble were assigned
to individual commissioners at Wednesday's Police Commission meeting.
Lewis' and Morrow's cases will be assigned at the next meeting
on March 1.
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