‘Every Single Baton Strike at the Time Was Necessary’

Officer Terrance Stangel is on trial for assault and assault in a caning case at Fisherman’s Wharf in 2019, and on Wednesday he became the first SFPD officer to testify in his own defense in an on-duty assault trial.

San Francisco’s first criminal trial for excessive force by a police officer on duty is coming to its third week, but developments outside the courtroom have largely overshadowed the trial. An allegation that District Attorney Chesa Boudin evidence withheld that would have relieved the official and led the SFPD to do so Stepping out of an agreement with the DA which allows the Attorney’s Office to investigate cases of violence, and Attorney General Rob Bonta is attempting to do so mediate their arguments and litigation.

On Wednesday the SFPD and DA agreed to extend their agreement or Memo of Understanding (MOU) for 60 days, and in the meantime the two sides will engage an independent mediator to resolve their dispute.

In the midst of all this was the accused officer, Terrance Stangel commented for the first time Wednesday, as reported by KTVU. Stangel is charged with assault and assault 2019 beating Fisherman’s Wharf Blows that left one suspect, Dacari Spiers, with a broken wrist and leg (see below). But police responded to a 911 call that claimed Spiers beat up his girlfriend, and during Wednesday’s three-hour testimony, Mission Local reports as much said Stangel in his own defense that he “considered every single baton necessary at the time”.

Image: Lawyers for Dacari Spiers

As can be seen in the picture above, which was apparently taken after the beating, suspect Spiers is a very tall man. Officer Stangel, in his statement, described Spiers as “a pissed off NFL player” and said Spiers assaulted his partner, Officer Cuauhtémoc Martínez. “When I tried to hold on [Spiers]he just ripped me off,” said Stangel.

However, prosecutors got their cross-examination, pointing out that Stangel and Spiers are about the same height, that Stangel also played football in high school and junior college, and meets the strict fitness requirements for the SFPD. Prosecutors also allege that Spiers was not seen involved in any violent crime before officers physically encountered him.

Prosecutors have already let their case rest in trial, and closing arguments are expected to begin on Monday. Spiers has been separated Awarded $700,000 in civil settlement for the beatings, but this settlement was one too political hot potato in the supervisory board, because this case further ignites a PR war between the DA and the SFPD.

Related: In the police beating process, the officer testifies that the police refused to question two eyewitnesses [SFist]

Image: Bodycam via SFPD

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