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Henry Hotel Jan 5 2011

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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.

In the Jan. 5 case, Officer Richard Yick states in a police report that officers were met in the hallway by a woman who voluntarily opened the door to her room. A man who came to the door told officers he was on probation, which police then confirmed with dispatch, Yick wrote, before entering and searching the room. After heroin was found, both the man and woman were arrested.

In the video, however, Yick is seen covering the surveillance camera with his hand while his fellow officers—Razzak, Kane and Elias--approach the room. The officers then demand the female resident open her door. All four officers then storm into the unit.

A judge dismissed the case Monday after viewing the video, said the woman's attorney, Deputy Public Defender Tal Klement.

Felony Supervisor Bob Dunlap of the Public Defender's Office said the video confirms long-standing suspicions.

 "For years our clients have reported tales of police entering their homes without warrants or consent, in direct contravention of the Fourth Amendment and in direct contradiction of the police version of events," Dunlap said.  "Now we have proof both of the police violating core Constitutional rights and committing perjury to cover their tracks."

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