Was SFPD’s latest racist-texts scandal hidden for months?

With a new group of San Francisco police officers accused of exchanging racist and homophobic text messages, the city’s criminal justice leaders are fighting again, this time over whether police properly notified prosecutors and defense attorneys of the texts last year and that they might harm officers’ credibility as they testify against crime suspects in court.

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi called for an independent probe into how the notification was made, saying Friday that the issue had “great ramifications” because the implicated officers probably provided evidence that contributed to convictions — evidence that may now be tainted.

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