THOSE HOPING FOR A NEW ERA IN SAN LEANDRO LAW ENFORCEMENT DISAPPOINTED BY CHARGE
By Steven Tavares
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The recent Bay Area scourge of mixing illegal narcotics and law enforcement has hit the San Leandro Police Department. Officer Jason Fredriksson, 38, was charged Friday by the Alameda County District Attorney’s office for attempting to sell over a pound of marijuana.
Fredriksson and his wife, who is a dispatcher for the department, were both placed on administrative leave. County prosecutors appeared to have alleged the officer was involved in a romantic relationship with the informant.
Rumors of multiple officers or department personnel being placed on leave or possibly dismissed surfaced last week. Two sourced told The Citizen three employees were suspended and another dismissed. One of the employees, possibly Fredriksson, had to be forcibly removed from the department by other police officers, the sources said. Inquiries into the allegations at the time were either denied or not answered on the basis of the employees privacy. Fredriksson’s Danville home was searched March 23, said police.
This latest police corruption charge in the East Bay follows a growing scandal in Costa Costa County involving a former commander of the anti-drug task force and a former cop turned private investigator alleged to have sold confiscated drugs. Allegations of the men running a brothel and subsequently robbing its prostitutes have also recently surfaced. Last year, yet another charge in San Francisco against the police department’s crime lab forced the city’s district attorney to overturn dozen of drug charges because of the scandal.
The charges against Fredriksson offer an inauspicious start for San Leandro’s new police chief Sandra Spagnoli, who took over in late January. Residents were hopeful for an end to a discouraging era in the department’s history that featured seven former female police officers charging a male officer of sexual harassment and allegations of complicity by its former chief Dale Attarian. The city ultimately settled six of the cases for over $600,000 last year. The seventh case was dismissed.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, unnamed police officers told the paper Fredriksson was one of the first on the scene for the tragic killing of Dan Niemi, the officer murdered after a traffic stop on Doolittle Drive in 2005. The paper also reported Fredriksson is an avid motorcyclist who goes by the nickname, “Big Dirty.”