The Patrol Special Police Officers
These police officers reduced crime and were paid by the communities they served, essentially free for the City, while still regulated by the police commission.
But the City has been illegally competing by privately hiring out SFPD officers to private clients under the Administrative Code 10B for over $100 an hour for select clients and neighborhoods, making millions.
The last generation of patrol special police officers, elderly and disabled decorated heroes, had their livelihoods and retirements destroyed as the City destroyed the program without telling them, and allowed them to continue working towards nonexistent retirements - all this according to their ongoing lawsuit against the City.
Documents uncovered show deputy City Attorney Renne warned that the City's course of action would be unlawful, but the city proceeded to do it anyway because it wanted the revenue from the patrol specials.
Shockingly, the City allowed continuing civil rights violations against these elderly and disabled police officers denying them their retirements, even while this lawsuit has been pending, despite having promised them compensation in recouping their investment.
Sadly, while the City was allowing their suffering to continue and denying them their retirements, decorated Officer Serge White, who received a gold star and two bronze stars, and served in San Francisco for over 50 years passed away in 2017 awaiting trial. Officer Earl Curtis, who also patrolled San Francisco for 50 years until he could no longer walk, sadly also passed away this year awaiting trial.
The last of these heroes continue to fight for justice in court, represented by their sole attorney, Daniel A. Bakondi, Esq. , with this lawsuit now in its fifth year, currently in United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Case No. 3:16-cv-00691 WHA. (Formerly San Francisco Superior Court Case No.CGC13-528788)
Is the City trying to deny their retirements and get off on technicalities and avoid trial with no moral defense?
What is the City doing? Who is making the decision to allow civil rights violations against elderly and disabled police officers to continue for even a single day, and continuing to deny them their retirements? And forcing police officers near 80 years old with their retirements taken to continue patrolling the streets? Who is in charge allowing this to continue? Are the Mayor and Board of Supervisors aware of this and allowing this to continue? Is City Attorney Dennis Herrera allowing this to continue under his watch for even a single day?