In Questionable Move, OPD Chief Anne Kirkpatrick Appears to Investigate Police Commissioner Harris

According to Kirkpatrick’s Statements, OPD Internal Affairs is also involved. Phil Matier, reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, was then contacted by an unknown party with information about Harris 


OPD Chief Anne Kirkpatrick involved herself, OPD Internal Affairs and the Police Commission Chair in a San Francisco police matter that concerned Oakland Police Commission Vice-Chair Ginale Harris, a source with knowledge of the events says. The incident in San Francisco did not involve arrest or charge and was initiated by a 911 call from Harris, who was prevented from picking up her child at Mission Preparatory School by the school's Executive Director, Kristine MacDonald and other staff members. Harris alleged that MacDonald had become physical with her during the encounter but did not press charges.  SFPD Sgt. Jeffrey Aloise at the scene at the November 14 incident allegedly told Harris that “this could get back to Oakland...you know we look out for each other,” according to the source.  

Kirkpatrick involved herself in the matter by receiving information purportedly about the incident from at least two sources, and  then contacting Police Commission Chair Regina Jackson by both phone and email to relay it. In the November 19 email to Jackson, Kirkpatrick mentioned an “anonymous” call to Internal Affairs that had apparently been conveyed to her. Kirkpatrick also included the SFPD police report from the November 14 incident in the email. It’s unclear where Kirkpatrick obtained the SFPD police report, but in the email Kirkpatrick states that it was made available to her separately from the “anonymous” call to IA. Internal Affairs has no role in investigating the Oakland Police Commission or its members, nor does Kirkpatrick.  

Within a day of learning of Kirkpatrick’s actions from Chair Jackson, Harris received an email from the San Francisco Chronicle reporter Phil Matier on November 20. Matier claimed he had been contacted by an anonymous party with a version of the November 14 incident and was looking for a response from Harris--Matier later sent Harris a copy of his reporting draft, implying that Harris had missed the window to comment due to his deadline. Matier’s draft is tilted against Harris and implies she attempted to use her status as an Oakland Police Commissioner to sway the outcome of the interaction.  

The move by Kirkpatrick follows months of investigations against Harris, many of which appear spurious. The Public Ethics Commission recently dismissed a public ethics complaint about Harris concerning an interaction at the CPRA while it was headed by interim director, Karen Tom. The Commission found that all of the allegations in the complaint were unsustained. At some point as well, the City Administrator in an unorthodox move, contracted an outside investigator to pursue allegations about Harris.

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