[CA] No dv report written on SFPD Asst. Chief Tacchini's officer son
S.F. deputy police chief demoted
By Vic Lee
February 07, 2008
SAN FRANCISCO - ABC7 News has learned tonight that a San Francisco Deputy Police Chief was demoted on Thursday -- just three weeks after a domestic abuse investigation involving his rookie officer son. Stephen Tacchini was appointed deputy chief of field operations less than a month ago as part of a sweeping change Chief Heather Fong made in her command staff... Tacchini's demotion comes three weeks after his son, 23-year-old rookie officer James Tacchini, was questioned by police investigating a 911 domestic violence call. Police responded to an apartment on the 300 block of King Street where they interviewed both Tacchini and his female friend. A lieutenant after being briefed at the scene reportedly called Tacchini's father, and a police report was never filed, although witness statements were taken. Tacchini has come under scrutiny because of the possibility that he may have had something to do with the handling of the incident... The head of the police officers union [Gary Delagnes] says that call to Deputy Chief Tacchini should never have been made... Tacchini, who's on a two-week leave, declined to comment... His demotion means a salary cut from $220,000 dollars to $163,000 a year.
San Francisco Chronicle
Jaxon Van Derbeken
February 8, 2008
... Tacchini's son, James, meanwhile, has been placed on administrative duties following the Jan. 19 incident when officers went to the apartment of a woman he had been dating. He allegedly had been drinking and was carrying a weapon - an apparent violation of department policy - but was never tested for intoxication, The Chronicle was told. The decision to disarm him came as he was leaving... The woman had called a friend and told him that she had been pushed earlier and felt threatened. The friend summoned police. However, when officers arrived at 2:26 a.m., the woman said nothing had happened. James Tacchini was sent home in a taxi. The elder Tacchini came under scrutiny because of questions about what role he may have had in the decision- making related to his own son and the incident. He has not commented on the matter and remains on a two-week vacation. His attorney, James Collins, said he had not talked to his client about the matter and so could not discuss it. Sources say the action to demote him came after Chief Fong discovered apparent contradictions in the elder Tacchini's account of his actions surrounding the incident. On Thursday, Fong notified Tacchini that she was demoting him for his having "inappropriately handled" the situation and not making proper notifications among the command staff, according to some familiar with the case...