Advocates say SFPD unlawfully keeps domestic violence survivors waiting for police reports

Victim advocates have threatened to sue the San Francisco Police Department for repeatedly flouting a nearly two-decade-old state law requiring the speedy release of police reports to domestic violence and sexual assault survivors.

News Story (California)

Michael Barba
San Francisco Examiner
December 17, 2018
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Tags: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault

Organizations mentioned/involved: Bay Area Legal Aid (San Francisco)


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Bay Area Legal Aid attorney Fawn Jade Koopman says the department has withheld police reports for weeks or months if not altogether from survivors who need the records to seek restraining orders in court.

“There’s a real harm when these reports are late,” Koopman said at the most recent Police Commission meeting. “What that ends up meaning is my client can’t get a domestic violence restraining order.”