Delagnes levels serious charge
of soliciting anonymous complaints
at prosecuting attorney for Office of Citizen Complaints
Susan Leff, prosecuting attorney for the Office of Citizen Complaints,
is alleged to have been engaged in "soliciting anonymous
according to Police Officers Assocation President, Gary Delagnes.
By Aldrich M. Tan
Copyright fogcityjournal.com 2006
May 11, 2006, 11:30 a.m.
Gary Delagnes, president of the San Francisco Police Officers
Association, claims he has documented evidence that Susan Leff,
lead prosecuting attorney at the Office of Citizen Complaints,
has solicited anonymous complaints from members of the community.
Such actions would be a violation of the agency's rules and procedures,
Delagnes said at the police commission meeting Wednesday evening.
"For many years we have been very dubious of anonymous complaints,"
Delagnes said, "and this verifies to us, and reinforces for
us, finally, the fact that the OCC actually contacts people and
solicits complaints from the public, even prodding them to do
"I'm shell-shocked," Leff said. "This is the first
time that I heard about this."
Delagnes said he has evidence that Leff picks up potential complaints
and police reports and then asks the community members involved
to call the Office of Citizen Complaints "to file anonymous
complaints so we can start investigating."
Delagnes said he will present the evidence to the police commission
"We don't want to give up anyone's anonymity at this point,"
Delagnes responded to Sentinel inquiry, "but we have the
names and we have the documentation."
In addition, Delagnes said Leff spoke at a session called "Dirty
Cop Investigations: Examining Police (Mis)Conduct" at the
National Defender Investigator Association's Conference and Seminar
on April 26 in San Francisco.
"The mere title of the workshop was highly offensive to
the police department and Leff had no problem naming certain police
officers as dirty cops," Delagnes said. "What kind of
message is that sending to police officers about the Office of
Delagnes said that Leff's conduct has breached the San Francisco
Police Officers Association's trust in the Office of Citizen Complaints.
"To ensure that the police department has its confidence
restored in this agency, the agency must assure that Leff will
no longer have any involvement in its disciplinary matters,"
Steve Johnson, spokesman for the San Francisco Police Officers
Association, said the allegations against Leff are very serious
and could affect the Office of Citizen Complaints' respectability.
"If these allegations are true, then these are the darkest
days for civilian oversight in San Francisco," Johnson said.
Luke Thomas contributed to this report.