A secret memo indicates that SF cops may be working as FBI spies — with no local oversight.
San Francisco cops assigned to the FBI’s terrorism task force can ignore local police orders and California privacy laws to spy on people without any evidence of a crime.
That’s what a recently released memo appears to say — and it has sent shockwaves through the civil liberties community.
It also has members of the S.F. Police Commission asking why a carefully crafted set of rules on intelligence gathering, approved in the wake of police spy scandals in the 1990s, were bypassed without the knowledge or consent of the commission.
“It’s a bombshell,” said John Crew, a long-time police practices expert with the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.