The misconduct investigation into a San Francisco police unit of undercover officers forced prosecutors to drop another 42 criminal cases Wednesday afternoon, District Attorney George Gascón announced.
The growing scandal, which has prompted separate investigations by the FBI, the district attorney and the Police Department, involves eight officers in the plainclothes unit that works the South of Market and Treasure Island areas. Their tactics have been called into question after the release last week of several videos that show officers busting into residential hotel apartments.
Officials from the public defender's office say the officers didn't have warrants and failed to properly identify themselves before illegally searching the apartments. They've also accused the unit of lying on police reports that detail how the searches were conducted.
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