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News Posted on May 13, 2015

Professor Reynoso to Lead Probe into San Francisco Police

Professor Emeritus Cruz Reynoso is one of three former judges appointed by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon to lead an investigation into allegations of bias among San Francisco police. The task force has been created in the wake of a corruption case against a former police sergeant who was revealed to have been involved in sending and receiving racist text messages with 14 other officers.  The task force will review about 3,000 arrests linked to the officers. Appointment of the task force drew coverage from media including CNN and the San Francisco Examiner.

Reynoso, a former California Supreme Court justice, is joined on the panel by LaDoris Hazzard Cordell and Dickran Tevrizian. Cordell is a former Santa Clara County Superior Court judge and now serves as San Jose's independent police auditor.  Prior to his retirement, Tevrizian was a judge with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and Los Angeles County Superior Court.

A member of the UC Davis School of Law faculty since 2001, Professor Reynoso is an internationally known civil rights leader, the first Latino to sit on the California Supreme Court, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.  He has been awarded the UC Davis Medal, the university's highest honor, and the Law School has established the Cruz & Jeannene Reynoso Scholarship for Legal Access to help students with financial needs.


San Francisco Examiner