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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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    BklynsFinest347

    over 4 years ago

    2016 Comments

    The sheeple know the truth, but are afraid to say it because "it may offend somebody, somewhere". And that's exactly what they're teaching their kids to be. Grow some cajones & stop dumbing down this great Nation. Then we wonder why other countries laugh or spit on us. Typical & disturbing behavior coming from the most liberal city on the West Coast.

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    LAPDLEO

    over 4 years ago

    1776 Comments

    Gasgon is a complete and utter COWARD! This guy cares more about his hair style than protecting the people. San Fran is far less safe with that empty suit as its Police Chief! CAIR is a well documented terrorist supporting group. Anyone who disputes that fact is an obtuse buffoon, who is about as intalecually gifted as the shoes I have on my feet. if Gasgon, Baca, Beck and ANY other Chief of Police or Sherrif who wants to hitch thier wagons to that terrorist supporting organization, doesn't wise up, we are in for a longer and bloodier fight on our streets than is nessisary. Toss these REMF bums out, before our people suffer due to these morons believing the BIO's they write on themselves.

    We on LAPD have Chiefs Beck, Moore and Downing, who are all clueless! Beck is to closed minded, and Moore and Downing just want to jet-set around the world waxing about how great they are, when in reality Los Angeles is far less safe with these two meglomaniacs running our counter terrorism efforts.

    All these obtuse Chiefs that wax this PC BS, are far to removed from what happened on 9-11, and it is evident by thier sheepish mindset. I pray that the body count we will suffer from these morons being at the helm, is low. It is horrible to watch these morons from the inside dismantle the very units that have kept our enemy from inflicting disaster on our citizens. And then they get all bent when the enemy gets thier feelings hurt. It says much about the lack of intestional fortitude these callow "leaders" have.

    As for CAIR, I would NEVER appoligize to these scumbag MOE's!

    Stay vigilant my fellow Law Enforcement professionals, I'm affraid the ride is about to get uglier, and we on the front lines are all that stand in the way. Our leadership on the west coast is far to weak in the knees.

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    Retleo

    over 4 years ago

    5524 Comments

    Oh PLEASE, gimme a break here! The terrorists and extremists groups know what a bunch of Liberal wusses there are here who are so afraid of "Offending" anybody that they use it to their full advantage. If it walks like a Duck, talks like a Duck...HEY.....its a DUCK! Lets stop being so damn sensitive regarding OFFENDING other people and start concentrating on DEFENDING our own people for a change! This crap makes me sick to my stomach!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Been proven time and time again. Police chiefs should watch what they say because it can com back to bite them on the butt

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Dennis summed it up perfectly!

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    SLAWDAWG1

    over 4 years ago

    294 Comments

    SEE THAT'S WE AS A POEPLE, IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, NEED TO KEEP IN MIND THAT WE ARE TO PROTECT AND SERVE THE COMMUNITY. AND TO ALSO, KEEP THE COMMUNITY SAFE. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY WATCH WHAT WE SAY AND HOW WE SAY THINGS BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOU OFFEND!!! very poor choice of words

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    uncledennis1

    over 4 years ago

    23288 Comments

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

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    alexy

    over 4 years ago

    3970 Comments

    I wouldn't appoligize for anything. he spoke the honest truth.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    So much so that you can't even say "Merry Christmas" anymore without the fear of offending someone...

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    DCCarr

    over 4 years ago

    324 Comments

    I heard the comment and it wasn't anything to get bent out of shape over, but of course it is the Bay Area.

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    SuzanneNGa

    over 4 years ago

    16562 Comments

    We're living in a PC world right now. Have to be extra careful what you say so that God forbid you insult a particular someone or group.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    THE Political-Corrections-Machine... AGAIN...

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