Spies in Blue

May 5, 2011

A secret memo indicates that SF cops may be working as FBI spies — with no local oversight


by Sarah Phelan, San Francisco Bay Guardian, April 26, 2011


Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) and Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF) have the power to override San Francisco Police Commission policy and local laws.




“…it effectively puts local officers under the control of the FBI. “That means Police Commission policies do not apply,” Crew said. “It allows San Francisco police to circumvent local intelligence-gathering policies and follow more permissive federal rules.”


“The MOU is disturbing,” Police Commission member Petra DeJesus told the Guardian. “The department is assuring us that local policies are not being violated — but it looks as if it’s subject to interpretation.”


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