Eighteen SFPD officers are suing the city and Police Chief Heather Fong for racial discrimination under state law, racial discrimination under Title VII, retaliation under state law, retaliation under Title VII, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. It centers around a news conference in which the chief and Mayor Gavin Newsom announced the officers were being suspended for participating in the Bayview station spoof video.
The officers’ lawyers wanted to add Mayor Newsom to the case with a defamation complaint, but the judge turned them down saying the mayor is immune. The City Attorney’s Office wanted to remove Chief Fong as a defendant in the case, but she’s still in.
After our report last week with excerpts from Chief Fong’s deposition and our "Lawyers Gone Wild" blog, the City Attorney’s Office is going for a gag order. We’ll be there in Federal Court when it’s heard tomorrow.