In every country all over the world, the disciplined forces always come to test. They are expected to protect the lives of the people of the nation. In one way or another, there is no one’s life that is always in harm’s way than that of a disciplined force. They go against all odds to ensure that the people of the country are well-taken care of. What most people don’t know and will never understand the undying commitment that the forces have for their work. The badge and their way of life always push them to work hard.
While many of the unsung heroes are rarely in the limelight, the ones on top are always under public scrutiny. As the human, there is always an opportunity of losing it sometimes as the pressure takes a toll on a person. However, the pressure is always taken negatively, and the affected individuals may be the victims of the public onslaught.
San Francisco’s newest District Attorney George Gascon is one of the people to taste the public wrath. It is claimed that before he took over the D.A’s office, he was not the saint he seems to be as he was even implicated with using racially insensitive slurs in a drunken stupor. This just shows how the members of the public will jump at the earliest opportunity to air their opinion on a person to justify their hatred. However on the brighter side, we have to look in the work of the district attorneys and the work they do the society to ensure that everybody is safeguarded by the law.
George Gascon has been on the forefront of the fight for the disciplined forces highlighting the problems they suffer in the line of the duty. Not only does the disciplined forces have to put up with theinsecurity menace , but they also have to deal with other issues affecting them like racism and their sexuality. The issue of sexuality especially homophobic issues has been a hot topic in the recent past. This is a volatile problem that is mostly addressed with caution due to its unpredictable nature.
Gary Delagnes, the former president of the Police Officers Association, told a blue-ribbon task force on February 22 that San Francisco’s District Attorney George Gascón set up to investigate virulent racism and homophobia within the San Francisco Police Department.
While George served as San Francisco Chief of Police, he met with Gary on many different occasions weekly. George maintains that at no time during those meetings did he ever hear George say that he felt that racial, gender, sexual orientation or other bias afflicted the police department. Yet, he did note that most of Gary’s important appointments were people who had grown up in San Francisco and had attended either the Catholic high schools or Lowell High School.
Gary who spent 25 years with the department serving nine years as the Police Officers Association president particularly told the panel about a night in 2010 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when George became drunk and unruly while attending a Harvard University police union leadership forum. Gary says that also attending the dinner were current Police Officer Association president Martin Halloran and a union representative from Cambridge. Martin admits to being at the dinner refusing to make any further comments about what occurred that evening.
Gary maintains that during that liquor filled dinner, George made several loud disparaging racial remarks. Furthermore, he maintains that the comments bothered another patron to the point where the patron chose to confront George asking him to refrain from making the remarks.
Gary also made comments that he had a meeting in 2011 with George. During that meeting, George who had already been appointed as a San Francisco County District Attorney told him that he intended to oppose the appointment of Greg Suhr as chief of police for the city. Gary maintains that he told George that if he chose to make his statement public that the Police Officers Association was likely to not endorse his re-election as San Francisco District Attorney. At that time, Gary maintains that George dropped his opposition to Greg.