SF Cop Aims ‘Gotcha’ Camera at Police Watchdog


The San Francisco Police Commission convened the oddest closed-door session we’ve ever heard of the other night, says San Francisco Chronicle columnists Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross. The subject: some hot romance in the parking lot of a Millbrae strip mall. It all started when San Francisco police gang task force Officer Brian Peagler stopped for a soda at a Millbrae convenience store after work a couple of Fridays back.

Much to his surprise, Peagler allegedly spotted San Francisco’s top police watchdog — Kevin Allen, head of Office of Citizens Complaints — locked in an R-rated embrace with an unidentified woman in a parking lot. Peagler, who lives close by, raced home, grabbed his camera and — with his San Francisco deputy district attorney wife in tow — returned to the parking lot, where he pulled up and called out Allen’s name. As the stunned Allen turned, Peagler started snapping away, apparently in the hope of getting some kind of “gotcha” on the watchdog. “The next thing you know,” writes the columnists, “police Chief Heather Fong was consulting members of the Police Commission about what to do — or what not to do — with such a politically touchy piece of intrigue.”

Link: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/08/07/BAGU6E4D541.DTL

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