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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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    DispatcherTerri

    about 4 years ago

    544 Comments

    He shouldn't have had to apologize for the truth.. it does hurt sometimes but grow up and deal with it..

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    AKangel

    about 4 years ago

    4950 Comments

    BUMP chiefdennis

    Like I have said many times on this site, choose your words carefully.

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    matsnap

    about 4 years ago

    482 Comments

    It sounds like politics. Another community leader wants some face time. It's going to get to the point that nobody can say anything. I agree with Jonas. If you don't like it, don't let the door hit you in the a** on the way out!

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    CDTDAT

    about 4 years ago

    312 Comments

    Politics.

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    CaptainK

    about 4 years ago

    10 Comments

    He is being forced to say his apologies for the sake of political correctness. Never forget what happened at Fort Hood in the interest of political correctness. PC will be the downfall of everything we hold dear in this country. Down with PC.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    What happen to the motto " I left my heart in San Francisco" ~ The facts are there and we do have sleeper cells still living in this great nation! ~ We wanted them to know that they are being watched ~ Semper Fi to the S.F. Chief ~ From former U.S. Marine!

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    Omarra67

    about 4 years ago

    2284 Comments

    Okay, so what's the problem here? If the Arab and Muslim community doesn't like his comments, I guess they could always go back home. I'm sure life is so much easier over there... Sorry but too many people get bent about things these days. I'm rather tired of it.

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    Jonas

    about 4 years ago

    41198 Comments

    Considering what's happening in Hemet right now, guess he had no real reason to make this statement eh. And if REAL terrorist threats WERE NOT coming from Afghanistan and Yemen..........................My solution is simple. Anyone who DOESN'T like the way we say or do things in OUR OWN COUNTRY, GET OUT!!!!!

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    DALLASCRANE

    about 4 years ago

    19386 Comments

    San Francisco needs A little help from Texas Deputy C. A. JONES. (CAJONES).

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    JP503

    about 4 years ago

    7620 Comments

    WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

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    Denny_Crane

    about 4 years ago

    648 Comments

    I think people in San Francisco get bent out of shape easily!

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    Robofuzz

    about 4 years ago

    310 Comments

    Where's Harry Callahan when you need him??

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    Robofuzz

    about 4 years ago

    310 Comments

    Oh good grief. All this politically correct BS really gets on my nerves.

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    clobster

    about 4 years ago

    1552 Comments

    Bump Chiefdennis.

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    Irishcop1961

    about 4 years ago

    46076 Comments

    Thimbs down for the Chief backing down.

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