Caught in a RAT trap - Page 3

SFPD's expensive Robbery Abatement Team stings don't always snag the thieves they're out to get

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Just 35 percent of the cases were charged as misdemeanors, and the rest as felonies, according to the tally. "If it's charged as a robbery, it counts as a strike offense," points out Matt Gonzalez, chief attorney of the Public Defender's Office. He'd like to know whether the program will continue under the direction of newly installed Police Chief Greg Suhr, particularly since some of the officers have been pulled from RAT operations in the wake of the SRO scandal, but SFPD has not made any indications that it will reevaluate the practice.

While the busts may be catching criminals who would be taking advantage of vulnerable residents, Gonzalez and Dunlap question the tactic of manufacturing crime, saying it's an expensive operation that isn't the best use of public resources. Dunlap likens it to a fishing expedition with an incredibly shallow reach. "They're creating a different situation than they're trying to abate," he says. "There's something distasteful about going into the poorest neighborhoods and fishing with money."

Comments

I live in SF. I was mugged on Stanyan last year by two guys with guns who ran into the park when it was over. I'd love to see real actual thieves go to jail. But I don't see how these exercises help. Put an undercover officer out where he can actually get mugged, sure. But this nonsense with the "drunk guy with wadded-up dollars in his shirt" seems asinine. A waste of good tax dollars.

Posted by michael n. escobar on Aug. 25, 2011 @ 7:12 am

Te cops have been lining there pockets with every thing they can steal from the poor /drug users and drug dealers for over a decade WHY HAS NO ONE GOT THE GUTS TO RUN AUDITS ON THESE OFFICERS TO CHECK OUT THERE NET WORTH... ID PUT MY LIFE UP IF ANY OF THESE DIRTY COPS MAKE LESS THAN HALF A MILLION A YEAR

Posted by Guest Wake up people on Sep. 22, 2011 @ 8:11 pm