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Henry Hotel December 23 2010

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Uploaded on Mar 2, 2011

Surveillance video from the Henry Hotel reveals that San Francisco Police Department narcotics officers falsified police reports in order to justify searching residences without warrants or consent, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

In the Dec. 23 incident, Officer Arshad Razzak states in a police report that officers knocked on the resident's door, announced themselves and waited for a response. Hearing none, he wrote, officers slightly opened the door with a master key. Without entering the unit, officers then told the female resident they were freezing the room until they could obtain a search warrant, Razzak wrote. The woman then gave them verbal permission to search the premises while officers contacted headquarters and asked a unit to respond with a consent form she could read, according to the police report. A man inside the woman's room was arrested after officers claimed to find heroin and crack on his person.

The surveillance video, however, tells a different story. In it, four narcotics officers -- Razzak, Yick, Madrid and Forneris -- are seen using a master key to barge directly into the room without knocking or obtaining consent.

Charges against the man were dropped by prosecutors this week after the surveillance footage was obtained by the Public Defender's Office. The man was represented by Deputy Public Defender Anne Irwin.

http://sfpublicdefender.org

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