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Police Chief Under Fire For Terrorism Comments

Police Chief Under Fire For Terrorism Comments

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San Jose Mercury News via YellowBrix

March 28, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Police Chief George Gascon today apologized for remarks he made Thursday on the threat of terrorism that drew criticism from members of the city’s Middle Eastern community.

Gascon spoke at a breakfast at San Francisco’s Ferry Building before construction and trade groups, at which he discussed a $412 million June 8 bond measure to build a new police headquarters and implement other seismic upgrades citywide.

According to Gascon, he also discussed possible terrorist threats to the headquarters at the Hall of Justice as another reason to support the measure. He said he mentioned domestic terrorism but also the threat of international terrorism from Yemen and Afghanistan, and also noted significant populations from those countries residing in the Bay Area.

Today, his office issued a statement apologizing “to those in the Arab, Middle Eastern, and Muslim communities who were offended by his comments yesterday.”

“Chief Gascon did not intend to upset the community and he is mindful of the importance of cultural sensitivity, not only here in San Francisco, but nationally,” the statement read.

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American Islamic Relations said today that it, along with other local Arab and Muslim groups, sent a letter to Gascon in which they expressed disappointment.

The organization said they have asked the police chief to meet with leaders from the Arab and Muslim community in San Francisco to talk about possible negative impacts of his comments.


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    Omarra67

    about 4 years ago

    2284 Comments

    cgvet...I feel sorry for you. :-(

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    FreezeP

    about 4 years ago

    1448 Comments

    If their little feelings got hurt, then MOVE back to where you came from

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    95Zcar

    about 4 years ago

    3992 Comments

    Bumps to most who have posted here before me...

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    cgvet

    about 4 years ago

    36 Comments

    For those of you that don't live in California, let me fill you in. It doesn't matter if you're right. It doesn't matter if you speak the truth. If you hurt someone's feelings, then it's considered wrong. Feelings trump truth in California. The only mistake I see was the Chief's apology.

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    Gombino

    about 4 years ago

    2658 Comments

    Chief, when your're right you're right. No apology was necessary.

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    Oncethere2506

    about 4 years ago

    274 Comments

    Gascon told the truth, no apology needed! Screw these Arab and Muslim leaders, they know that there are terrorists in their communities right now and they won't turn them in.

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    loganj0

    about 4 years ago

    440 Comments

    Where is the issue? Thank God I'm not a cop on the left coast.

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    bluebrother

    about 4 years ago

    768 Comments

    Why does apoligies apply to the truth. Let us be truthful and realistic. I am not saying all of any belief are bad or that all of any belief are good, I am saying that when the problem exists in your neighborhood and affects your belief, it is time to clean up the problem. Every time law enforcement or any other American espouses thier views, and it is not " POLITICALLY CORRECT" the crap hits the proverbal fan. Stop apologizing for the truth, start standing up with some b---- and defend this country. All are welcome as long as all love and believe in this country.

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    ajsdaddyBPD

    about 4 years ago

    2782 Comments

    PC crap

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    rhood

    about 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Sometimes the truth hurts and stating the obvious facts that some out there would not like for the average person to know. Stand by your words when you are right, no matter how painfull the truth is to someone or some group.

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    marqmd

    about 4 years ago

    548 Comments

    I don't see what he's apologizing for???

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    Jester31

    about 4 years ago

    58 Comments

    Apologizing for stating the truth. Definitely a PC move. And in almost all cases regarding this issue, PC stands for Poor Choice.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    ACLU complaint I agree......

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    LTPANKO

    about 4 years ago

    1072 Comments

    another ACLU complaint "uhmmmm wait Arabs complaint"... we see each other correct but there are a few not so.

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    Whalewatcher

    about 4 years ago

    10910 Comments

    It's California. What else can you expect ?!?!? As far as I'm concerned, P.C. stands for Pile of Crap.

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