SFPD disciplinary cases to be assigned tonight
February 22, 2006
By Adam Martin, Bay City News Service
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The San Francisco Police Commission
tonight will assign cases involving disciplinary charges against
seven members of the department to individual commissioners.
The charges stem from three separate incidents, one of which
ended in the fatal shooting of a suspect by police.
The Office of Citizen Complaints filed charges on Feb. 13 against
six officers relating to two of the three incidents.
Officers Richard Alves, David Seid and Arthur Gabac are charged
with neglect of duty in connection with a June 29, 2004 vehicle
chase and subsequent officer-involved shooting. Inspector Mark
Gamble faces two charges of neglect of duty and two charges of
unwarranted action stemming from the same incident.
Alves, Seid and Gamble had been surveilling a suspect when that
suspect became aware of their presence and tried to escape, according
to the charging documents.
The officers allegedly participated in a pursuit in their unmarked
cars, according to the documents, violating several department
regulations in the process.
Gamble, who was in charge of the surveillance, is also accused
of taking the suspect's mother and her daughter into custody in
the back of a patrol car, where they stayed for more than an hour,
according to the documents.
Gabac is a traffic officer who is accused of incompletely filing
a report on the collision that ended the chase.
In a separate case, Sgt. John Bragagnolo faces charges of unwarranted
action and conduct reflecting discredit, and Officer Scott Biggs
faces a charge of conduct reflecting discredit, based on an OCC
They are accused of improperly detaining and searching a parolee
in the city of Broadmoor, just south of San Francisco, according
to charging documents.
In a third case, the chief's office filed charges Feb. 14 accusing
Officer Kelly Paul of "engaging in conduct which undermines
the good order and discipline of the department and which brings
discredit to the department,'' according to a charging document.
Paul is accused of abusing and threatening with death a woman
he had dated and with whom he had a child. No action will be taken
on these disciplinary cases tonight, except for the assignment
of an individual commissioner to hear each one.
Tonight's meeting is set for 6 p.m. at Rosa Parks Elementary
School at 1501 O'Farrell St.
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