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CAIR, ALC Say SFPD Officer Broke City Law While Investigating with FBI

SFPD-carBy Alex Emslie and Mina Kim, KQED News

Two civil rights groups filed a complaint Wednesday alleging a San Francisco police inspector violated department rules and city law while working with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force.

The complaint filed with the San Francisco Office of Citizen Complaints, comes in the context of a years-long battle by civil rights groups representing Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian communities to enshrine San Francisco Police Department policy into law when it came to city cops working with the FBI.

In the incident detailed in the complaint, the San Francisco branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Asian Law Caucus allege that an SFPD inspector not only violated the law, but that the department failed to report it.

The complaint alleges that SFPD Sgt. Inspector Gavin McEachern violated the ordinance and a handful of department policies when he and an unidentified FBI agent approached software engineer Sarmad Gilani in June 2014, at Google offices in San Francisco.

"My client and I had filed a Freedom of Information Act request regarding some travel issues he was having," said Brice Hamack, an attorney and CAIR's Northern California civil rights coordinator.

Hamack said that a few weeks later, Gilani got an unexpected visit at work. (Read more)

 

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