When he was in service as police chief, George Gascon was pretty close to the police union. Now, as the San Francisco District Attorney, Gascon refers to the police union as obstructive. Gary Delagnes, a man who once served as the Police Officers Association president, made shocking allegations about Gascon in a sworn declaration.
According to Delagnes, Gascon was hugely unconcerned with the police diversity at the police department. Even worse, Gascon churned out a few racially disparaging comments during an alcohol-fueled evening dinner with some other union leaders. The sworn declaration was submitted to the blue-ribbon task force that was set up by the D.A. to look into allegations in the department of racism and homophobia.
The submission was made eight days after Gascon made his submission to the panel. In his testimony, he stated that the police union was influencing the ability of influencing a Police Commission or police chief to execute reforms.
Delagnes is quite experienced in law enforcement, with 25 years of service in the force and nine years serving as POA president. He has since gone into retirement. He clearly recounts the happenings on the 2010 dinner he attended with Gascon and Martin Halloran.
During the dinner, Gascon was heavily consuming alcohol. As a result, he started being loud and animated as he recalled his service in the LAPD. He went on to make multiple statements that were undermining to minorities. An African American approached Gascon and requested him to get a hold of himself as he was getting offensive.
In an interview, Halloran supported the account Delagnes gave. However, both Delagnes and Halloran did not give more details. According to Halloran, the declaration speaks for itself. Delagnes expressed the will to expound on the declaration if called upon to do so by the blue-ribbon panel.
The DA’s office spokesperson Alex Bastian could not directly respond to the assertions contained in the document. He went ahead to say that what Delagnes lacked in credibility he made up for in imagination.
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