You’ll have to wait to view the mugshot of David DePape, 42, who is accused of savagely beating Paul Pelosi with a hammer in Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco home.
The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and the San Francisco County Sheriff’s Office both rejected email requests from The Epoch Times for DePape’s mugshot, the publication said on Saturday.
Both law enforcement organizations gave the outlet two very different explanations for why they couldn’t or wouldn’t share the photos.
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“We do not own the rights to mugshots,” the San Francisco County Sheriff’s Office replied in an email to The Epoch Times on behalf of the facility where DePape is now being held.
In its refusal, the city’s police force stated that it would withhold the mugshot due to the “current circumstances,” but no other information was supplied. Officer Nicole Pacchetti sent The Epoch Times an email with the following statement: “Under the current circumstances we do not release mugshots of the suspect.”
It’s possible that Pacchetti was alluding to a standing directive made by San Francisco Police Chief William Scott in 2020, who stated that suspects’ mugshots would only be made public if “their release is necessary to warn the public of imminent danger or to enlist the public’s assistance in locating individuals, including at-risk persons.”
Scott highlighted studies that showed publishing a mugshot promoted bigotry and bias, according to an SFPD statement from the time.
“This policy emerges from compelling research suggesting that the widespread publication of police booking photos in the news and on social media creates an illusory correlation for viewers that fosters racial bias and vastly overstates the propensity of black and brown men to engage in criminal behavior,” reads the statement accompanying the policy.
“By implementing this groundbreaking new policy today, SFPD is taking a stand that walks the walk on implicit bias while affirming a core principle of procedural justice — that those booked on suspicion of a crime are nonetheless presumed innocent of it,.” the statement continued.
If that is the reason the SFPD decided not to share DePape’s mugshot with The Epoch Times or any other media at this time, even though he is white, the release of it still came within the parameters of the 2020 policy.
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It was also noted in SFPD’s statement that San Francisco, as far as what was known at the time, was the first city in America to implement such a policy.
In addition to DePape’s mugshot, The Epoch Times noted that several other “commonly released records” requests have also been denied, including the actual 911 audio allegedly made by Paul Pelosi and the bodycam footage reportedly captured by the responding SFPD officers.
According to the Washington Examiner, San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer during an interview on Thursday that such requests won’t be honored at the current time while adding that unspecified members of the Pelosi family were provided access to bodycam footage. CONTINUE READING…