By Vic Lee
January 23, 2008
[Excerpts] San Francisco Police Chief Heather Fong has ordered an investigation into a possible domestic abuse incident involving a Deputy Chief's rookie son. 23-year-old rookie officer James Tacchini is the son of newly promoted Deputy Chief Stephen Tacchini... Early Sunday morning, police went to an apartment on the 300 block of King Street to investigate a 911 domestic violence call... a male friend of the woman made the 911 call, saying she had called him and that she was hysterical and felt threatened by Tacchini, who she said had at one point pushed her... Tacchini reportedly denied physically abusing the woman during an interview with a police sergeant at the apartment. The woman also told police the same thing. The Chronicle reports that a lieutenant, after being briefed at the scene, called Deputy Chief Tacchini and a police report was never filed. Police Chief Heather Fong found out about the incident Monday through an internal memo... The purpose of the investigation is to review not only the actions of officer Tacchini, but also the actions of the officers who responded to the scene. When asked whether or not a report should have been filed, Fong responded by saying "I can't respond to that because I was not at the scene." However, a police source tells ABC7 that a police report should have been written and that Deputy Chief Tacchini should have told Fong immediately that his son was involved in a police investigation. "There will be no cover up and the facts will be presented not only to the commission, but to the people of San Francisco," says Police Commissioner Yvonne Lee... Chief Fong says there are procedures to handle situations like this, but declined to elaborate...
Did deputy chief's son get favorable treatment?
No report filed in incident involving rookie police officer
San Francisco Chronicle
Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
[Excerpts] ...Meanwhile, the 23-year-old officer has been placed on administrative duty... The report came from a friend of a woman who recounted that she had been threatened by an off-duty officer whom she had been dating. The caller said the woman had locked herself in a bedroom and the officer was in the bathroom. Police then spent more than an hour at the apartment... but left without having written any official report of the incident after the woman insisted she was not threatened or abused in any way. That decision came after an acting night commander consulted with Deputy Chief Tacchini about what to do about his rookie son.... Mayor Gavin Newsom learned of the matter on Tuesday, according to his spokesman Nathan Ballard. "The mayor backs the police chief's decisions," Ballard said... Once at the scene, according to an account provided to The Chronicle, Sgt. John Braganolo met the younger Tacchini, 23 - who was nearly finished with his field training at Southern Station and whose father is the newly promoted head of the SFPD's patrol bureau... The woman told the police that nothing happened... She later said that Tacchini was a "great guy and she did not know what happened to cause all this." More than an hour after police reportedly arrived, at 4:22 a.m., the case was closed without a police report being completed. Tacchini was not tested for alcohol consumption. The decision came after the acting night supervisor, Lt. Larry Minasian, responded to the scene... Minasian, after purportedly speaking to Deputy Chief Tacchini, explained to the woman that, based on her account, no criminal activity occurred... The woman repeatedly and adamantly emphasized there was no criminal activity... The woman's male friend made the 911 call and later arrived at the apartment. He wrote in his own account to police... Authorities within the department, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the matter was mishandled and created an appearance of cover-up. "I think that there is an incident report that should have been made," said one of the authorities said. "This thing was bungled"... Fong said Tuesday she had reviewed an account from someone at the scene that prompted questions in her mind...