Police officer charged with endangerment and harassment (and being a jerk)

I guess carrying a flashlight at night while running is a crime. Who knew. But wearing Argyle sweater vests is not.

This of course is no surprise to me, I have found many officers with our city (not a majority) to be pushy and disrespectful, and falsifying police reports (which they did with me once).

Watch public testimony during tonight’s council meeting (starts at 16:00).

I enjoyed the load in his pants reaction from the mayor.


#1 Costner on 01.19.11 at 12:06 pm

Although he sounded sincere, there are always two sides to every story. I’m waiting for the person who has the forethought to turn on a voice recorder or video on their cell phone so they can capture the entire incident. Then you might actually see some action – otherwise all you get is lipservice from the SFPD.

I’m not suggesting we have a problem with abusing or corrupt police officers, but it does seem strage in a city this size, with the number of officers we have and have had through the years, that when you read the SFPD quarterly reports about 99% of the complaints simply read “unfounded” with very little (if any) explanation about how they came to that conclusion.

#2 Scooter on 01.19.11 at 1:15 pm

Why does the city publish the council meetings using a program called Silverlight? Why not a more universal .wmv or .mpg format? Maybe they want to limit access?

#3 l3wis on 01.19.11 at 1:35 pm

Scooter – I said the same thing to the city clerk. I suggested that the video should be embedded so NO software has to be downloaded.

#4 Costner on 01.19.11 at 3:20 pm

Even embedded videos require codecs to play them… it just depends upon whether or not your web browser has the appropriate codec installed.

Most of the time you probably don’t realize those videos require flash to play which you may have installed years ago, but if you didn’t have flash half those videos wouldn’t work.

Silverlight does offer some advantages such as working with both macs and pcs with a small 1mb download. It isn’t a memory hog although because it is not as widely used as flash and isn’t used in nearly as many websites, many visitors are forced to perform an install the first time they need silverlight.

No biggie – install it once and be done with it. Since Silverlight is free this has nothing to do with trying to limit access.

#5 l3wis on 01.19.11 at 8:51 pm

Costner, it does work better than Granicus. Granicus loaded slowly, etc. But what I can’t understand is why are all of the channel 16 videos in Quicktime, but we have to use a special software for the council meetings? Weird.

#6 Costner on 01.19.11 at 10:54 pm

Maybe they are in the process of converting over? I’d take Silverlight over Quicktime any day of the week. I’ve had more problems with Quicktime throughout the years than anything else, and it doesn’t play well with others either.

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