Man Sues SFPD, Claiming Cops Beat Him On Pier

Carrie Hodousek
February 24, 2020 - 3:33 pm
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 27: San Francisco police cars sit parked in front of the Hall of Justice on February 27, 2014 in San Francisco, California. A federal grand jury has indicted five San Francisco police officers and one former officer in two cas

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The San Francisco Police Department now faces a lawsuit in connection with the alleged beating of a man at Pier 39 in October. 

The alleged victim's attorneys accused the police of brutality while announcing the federal lawsuit Monday at City Hall. 

Dacari Spires said the October 6 attack happened as he consoled his girlfriend about her stolen wallet on Pier 39. He said officers approached him and repeatedly hit him with a metal baton, which resulted in a broken leg and hand.

“I didn’t know what they were hitting me with at first,” Spires said. “I tried to fall to the ground, hoping they would stop hitting me when I went to the ground, But they didn’t. This shouldn’t happen to nobody.”

Spires’s attorney Michael Seville claimed officers made unannounced visits to Spires’s hospital room as well, in an effort to intimidate and silence him.

“They tried to illegally record him by leaving recording devices in the room,” Seville said. “What that shows is that there is no accountability.

Curtis Briggs, another attorney, said they now seek prosecution against the officers.

“Dacari doesn’t care about the money, he cares about the truth,” Briggs said. “He wants to help the next young man not get killed.”

An SFPD spokesperson declined to comment about the case, but noted the department’s use of force has decreased by 56% since 2016.