The Videogate disciplinary hearing exploded today when defense attorney Waukeen McCoy felt that SFPD lawyer John Alden was unfairly painting Officer Wendy Hurley as a racist. See what happened in tonight's report.
The SFPD lawyer played a video that had never been seen before in public. It was a hidden file on the "Cops Gone Wild" dvd, meant only for the two officers in the clip. Officer Hurley explains she often cooked for the Bayview Station, and that Officer Jimmy Lewis would jokingly complain about the absence of watermelon on the menu. When Lewis missed a Father's Day breakfast in 2005, Hurley brought him a slice of watermelon, and Officer Andrew Cohen was there with his camera. Cohen tells me he realized the scene might be a problem for some people who didn't know the context, and that's why he did not include it on the comedy video -- that's why he placed it in a hidden file, only for Lewis and Hurley.
After the courtroom erupted and McCoy demanded a break, Alden approached and asked if I wanted a copy of the Watermelon video. That's what we're posting here.
Since the day the scandal broke in December 2005, the officers have been trying to say they were making fun of no one but themselves. They say each of the skits on "Cops Gone WIld" has a backstory, an event from the Bayview Station or an officer's personality quirk that's being lampooned. We want to give you the chance, for the first time, to watch the entire comedy video.
And here's the video that started it all, "Inside the SFPD". This documentary was approved by the chief at the time, Heather Fong, and it's from this project that Officer Andrew Cohen got many of the outtakes for "Cops Gone Wild". Cohen was doing serious, award-winning work for the SFPD, before the Videogate scandal.