Judge Chen Grants Government's Motion for Dismissal
Federal charges against twelve defendants arrested in a series of drug stings in the Tenderloin neighborhood were dismissed by prosecutors Tuesday--six months after U.S. District Court Judge Chen found “substantial evidence” that San Francisco police officers engaged in biased policing by targeting only black people in a joint operation with the DEA. Judge Chen signed the motion to dismiss January 25, 2017.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to substantively comment on its decision to dismiss the indictments. But the stings, known as Operation Safe Schools, have been under scrutiny since April 2015, when the federal public defender’s office pointed out that all 37 people indicted on drug-dealing charges were black.
The dismissal follows the hard work of Assistant Federal Public Defenders Galia Amram and Steven Koeninger to establish selective enforcement occurred in the prosecutions. Transcripts available here.