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SAN FRANCISCO: Restraining order issued for police union VP
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/18/6 | Susan Sward, Jaxon Van Derbeken

Posted on 10/18/2006 7:23:13 AM PDT by SmithL

An attorney for San Francisco's police watchdog agency has obtained a temporary restraining order against a police union leader who she says tried to intimidate her by driving dangerously near her one night in an alley.

Susan Leff, a former public defender who has worked for the Office of Citizen Complaints for 2 1/2 years, obtained the order against Officer Kevin Martin on Oct. 10, and as a result Martin has had to give up his badge and gun, pending a court hearing.

The temporary order -- which will be the subject of a Superior Court hearing Friday on whether to make it permanent -- requires that Martin, a 21-year veteran officer who is vice president of the San Francisco Police Officers Association, stay 50 yards away from Leff at all times. The order was signed by Superior Court Judge Ollie Marie Victoire.

Martin declined to comment. But Gary Delagnes, president of the Police Officers Association, called Leff's allegations "absurd" and "outright fabrication." He said Martin was "devastated" and "our first goal is to get him back to work and get this nonsense over with."

Leff, 35, sought the order after an Oct. 6 encounter with Martin, 49, who works out of Southern Station and responded to a report of a burglary that evening at the Office of Citizen Complaints building, 480 Second St.

Leff said she was summoned to the building by Kevin Allen, the office's director, because "it appeared my office had been burglarized. The light in my office was on and one of my file drawers was ajar."

When she arrived, she said, she saw Martin, who was investigating the burglary. Their work had put them at odds in the past.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: policeunion; watchdog
It's not a good idea to almost run over a lawyer.
1 posted on 10/18/2006 7:23:13 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL
No, much better to be quick and careful and do it right . . .


2 posted on 10/18/2006 7:25:38 AM PDT by BullDog108 ("Conservatives believe in God. Liberals think they are God." ---Ann Coulter)
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To: SmithL

Union leader uses intimidation? No! couldn't be.

/sarc


3 posted on 10/18/2006 7:27:49 AM PDT by ozoneliar ("The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants" -T.J.)
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To: SmithL

It's a he said she said at the moment, so who knows for sure if the order is appropriate or not. But the courts issue these restraining orders far too easily these days.


4 posted on 10/18/2006 7:28:27 AM PDT by JamesP81 (The answer always lies with more freedom; not less)
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To: JamesP81

In a case like this does he permanently lose his firearm rights?


5 posted on 10/18/2006 7:37:24 AM PDT by beltfed308 (Nanny Statists are Ameba's.)
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To: beltfed308

He does until the order is rescinded, I would imagine.


6 posted on 10/18/2006 7:48:21 AM PDT by JamesP81 (The answer always lies with more freedom; not less)
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