The former San Francisco police officer convicted of illegally entering and searching a SRO in 2010 has been sentenced to over a year in jail. Bay City News reports that Arshad Razzak claimed he was given permission by the resident to enter the room, but that surveillance video showed that to be false. What's more, the officer then filed a false police report about the search after the fact.
You likely remember the case — Razzak, who was sentenced yesterday, was one of five SFPD officers indicted in 2014. At the time, then Police Chief Greg Suhr spoke with the Chronicle about the seriousness of the accusations. "I don't know that it gets any worse than this, other than an officer-involved serious injury or death, when the public trust is betrayed by a sitting San Francisco or any police officer," he said. "This is not only a betrayal of the public's trust...but also a betrayal of all the men and women of the San Francisco Police Department who work hard every day to do what they can to keep San Francisco safe."
Razzak claimed that he had a tip about heroin sales in the Henry Hotel on Sixth Street in December of 2010. He said that when he knocked on the door, the occupant gave him verbal permission to enter — making a search warrant unnecessary. This was disproved by hotel surveillance video.
The judge in the case, U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg, noted in his sentencing that Razzak wasn't motivated by financial gain — something that could not be said for other recently convicted SFPD officers — and thus gave him the relatively light sentence of one year and two months. However, the Chronicle reports that the 12 month sentence is less than the 33-month sentence recommended by federal guidelines.
“The betrayal of public trust by a sworn police officer is extraordinarily serious,” explained Seeborg.
According to Bay City News, Razzak was convicted of "four counts of conspiring to violate civil rights, violating the rights of a Henry Hotel occupant during a search on Dec. 23, 2010, falsifying an informant’s pay slip and falsifying a police report." The 44-year-old Razzak was also fined $12,500.
Razzak has been working as an Uber driver ever since he left the SFPD. He is scheduled to begin his sentence on December 2.
Yesterday's sentencing will hopefully close the books on a scandal that has dogged the SFPD for some time.