Tuesday, February 7, 2006

Whoops! Police attack Chron brutality series

San Francisco Police Chief Heather Fong got a photo op Monday not unlike the one Harry Truman had in 1948, when he held up a copy of the Chicago Tribune with a banner headline saying "Dewey Defeats Truman." Fong, as seen in this shot from KTVU's "10 O'Clock News" last night, held up Sunday's San Francisco Chronicle and declared, "This is not Sgt. John Haggett." Sgt. John Haggett is, at least according to a five-part series in the Chronicle, a cop who has used excessive force too often in a police department that supposedly doesn't track officers who abuse their authority. Fong, at a news conference Monday (Feb. 6), said that if the Chronicle can't identify a photo correctly, it's hard to believe anything else in the series. The Chronicle, in a statement issued by media relations manager Patricia Hoyt, said, "The photo error, while serious, does not change the basic issues raised by the series about the department's lack of a reliable system for tracking use of force and its failure to hold accountable officers who repeatedly resort to use of force." BTW, anyone who knows the identity of the man in the photo should call the Chronicle. As of Monday night, the paper didn't know who he is. Ironically, today's installment in the five-part "The Use of Force" series concerns mistaken identity -- about an innocent man who was tackled on a Tenderloin sidewalk by a cop who mistook him for a criminal.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

For the record: The Chronicle ran the Chief Fong story on A-1, lower right, with a photo similar to the one on this item. It jumped to A-1.

Anonymous said...

For the record: The Chronicle ran the Chief Fong story on A-1, lower right, with a photo similar to the one on this item. It jumped to A-2.