I’ve never seen anything quite like it – a police officer directly poking fun at the chief of the department and the mayor, on video. But, this is has been an extraordinary story for so long. First came the outrage. December 7th, 2005 – San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Police Chief Heather Fong hold a news conference to blast the officers appearing in a comedy video; they play several clips and announce they’re suspending all officers involved. They label the video “sexist and racist”, “an extremely dark day in the history of the San Francisco Police Department”. At the time, no one really knew the story behind the video – no one in authority had even asked the officers involved, before that news conference. No question, some of the scenes were raunchy and politically incorrect. But then, we learned each skit actually poked fun at a particular officer, and that the video was produced in honor of a retiring captain. It was scheduled to be played at a Bayview Station Christmas party. Before that word could get out, the story had already been framed – “sexist, racist ... an extremely dark day.” The officers involved were upset that Newsom and Fong publicly discussed what had already become a personnel matter. They filed a $20 million federal lawsuit, claiming racial discrimination. As we reported in May, Chief Fong did not treat four Asian officers the same as other officers who appeared in the video – she didn’t suspend the Asian officers, even though they played prominent roles. Then, we reported that lawyers for the suspended officers want to depose Mayor Newsom about substance abuse. The lawyers wonder whether the mayor’s decision-making at the time was impaired. After all, Newsom admitted a problem with alcohol that dates back to the video scandal. It’s an obvious tactic to pressure the city to settle the case. Now, Andrew Cohen takes this shot. It’s clear he doesn’t expect to go back on the streets as a San Francisco police officer. He tells me, “My career’s over.” But, until that lawsuit is over one way or another, Cohen says he’ll keep the pressure on the mayor and the chief.