Police Commission to discuss discipline of officers
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
August 16, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Embattled police Lt. Jerry Lankford
faces disciplinary actions at tonight's San Francisco Police Commission
meeting for intimidating a witness in a previous investigation.
According to charging documents, Lankford approached two officers
in August 2005 in the lobby of the Hall of Justice in an intimidating
He then singled out one of the officers and stared him down.
The unnamed officer is a witness in a police commission case,
and he promptly reported the alleged intimidation. Now, the commission
is expected to decide on what disciplinary action to take. The
lieutenant could face discipline as severe as dismissal from the
Police Department for intimidating a witness.
Lankford, who joined the department in 1980, was suspended in
1982 for soliciting an undercover Oakland officer posing as a
prostitute. Lankford is still fighting charges that in 2003, he
held a woman against her will in the Tenderloin neighborhood.
Another possible action item at tonight's meeting involves the
discipline of Officer Gary W. Hazelhofer, who was charged with
driving under the influence while off duty in December 2002.
According to the documents, a driver pulled over just before
heading west on the Bay Bridge and a California Highway Patrol
officer stopped to assist. The driver told the officer that a
man had just pulled a gun on him as they were driving.
The officer found a vehicle that matched the description back
in San Francisco, which happened to be Hazelhofer's black Dodge
truck, and he pulled the vehicle over. The officer charged Hazelhofer
with driving under the influence and the officer's handgun was
confiscated. The witness, however, never returned to identify
One last item at tonight's meeting will be a discussion about
turning over the "fajitagate" investigation to commission
president Louise Renne instead of having the entire commission
sit in on testimony.
If the case is turned over to Renne, the case will still be heard
publicly and transcripts will be made available to all the commissioners,
according to commission secretary Sgt. Joe Reilly.
Tonight's meeting is scheduled to take place at 5:30 p.m. in
room 400 of City Hall.
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