In a stunning turn of events, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin’s office has been accused of withholding exculpatory evidence in the trial of San Francisco Police Officer Terrance Stangel and threatening a witness.
Magen Hayashi, a criminal investigator for Boudin’s office, testified on Thursday that she had been ordered to withhold evidence from the defense by other attorneys in the district attorney’s office.
This could have a huge impact on Stangel’s conviction, which many believe was unjustly handed down.
Boudin has yet to comment on the allegations.
Officer Terrance Stangel is being charged with using excessive force after striking a man who had allegedly been beating an innocent woman.
It is not uncommon that Police Officers are required to strike suspects while arresting them or preventing them from harming others, but of course an investigation should occur.
However, the whistleblower claims that she was made to believe that she would be fired if she revealed evidence that the suspect was beating a woman when Officer Terrance Stangel arrived on scene.
If the suspect was actually committing violence against someone else Officer Terrance Stangel would likely have acted within his responsibility as a Police Officer to stop the attack with violence.
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