Tag Archives: District Attorney

Homeless man acquitted after spending nearly 5 months in jail

A homeless man who entered a Mission home last November allegedly seeking shelter was acquitted Tuesday of burglary charges that carry a 17-year sentence. The acquittal came some five months after Phillip Martinez’ November 3 arrest. Unable to post the $100,000 bail, Martinez has been in jail. He remains in jail on an unrelated misdemeanor charge but his lawyer said...

Two-Year Anniversary of Police Shooting Sees No Charges Against Officers

None of the officers involved in fatal confrontations with some 40 civilians shot and killed at the hands of San Francisco police since 2000 has stood a criminal trial. On Monday, anti-police-brutality advocates, city leaders, and family members of police shooting victims gathered on the steps of the Hall of Justice at 850 Bryant St. to demand that the city’s...

SF Officer Involved in Shooting Could Face Discipline for Facebook Comment

Traduccion en español aquí. A city investigation has found that a San Francisco police officer involved in the fatal shooting of Alex Nieto made inappropriate comments on social media in reference to the deceased and may face disciplinary action. The Office of Citizens Complaints found that Roger Morse, one of the police officers who shot and killed Nieto in 2014,...

SFPD Protocol Breaches After Perez Lopez Shooting Part of Ongoing Problem for DA

Protocol breaches at the scene of a fatal police shooting last year, a District Attorney spokesperson said, are part of an ongoing problem the District Attorney has with police investigations of shootings by officers. The District Attorney, though he has never indicated the actions amounted to a cover-up, is taking steps to ensure that the police department is not the...

DA Rules Officers Shot Nieto in Self Defense

The District Attorney announced Friday that the four officers involved in the fatal shooting of Alex Nieto in March 2014 on Bernal Hill, will not face criminal charges. The prosecutor determined the shooting was in self defense. KTVU reports that District Attorney’s office said Sergeant Jason Sawyer, Officer Richard Schiff, Officer Roger Morse and Officer Nathan Chew acted “lawfully in...

Counseling for Youthful Crime Witnesses

Children and youth who are witnesses of violent crime can get up to $5,000 in reimbursement for mental health counseling through California’s Victim Compensation Program, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced Wednesday. The goals of the program are to provide counseling to prevent children and youth who are exposed to violence from suffering profound emotional trauma, Gascón said, and to aid them in reaching their...

Gascón Discusses Neighborhood Courts’ Mission

District Attorney George Gascón gave reporters an update Wednesday morning on his office’s 18-month-old Neighborhood Prosecutor Initiative, and announced his plan for a program for juvenile offenders throughout the city. The initiative aims to curb recidivism and keep nonviolent infractions out of the criminal court system. Currently there are nine neighborhood courts, each assigned a prosecutor who works with two...