SF police officer faces multiple charges of felony battery for 2019 incident at Pier 39

Bay City News
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
SFPD officer faces felony battery charges
A San Francisco police officer is facing several felony charges after an incident that left a man with broken bones at Pier 39 in Oct. 2019.

SAN FRANCISCO -- A San Francisco police officer is facing charges for an incident at Pier 39 that left a man with broken bones.

Prosecutors have charged Officer Terrance Stangel with battery, assault with a deadly weapon, assault likely to cause great bodily injury and assault under color of authority.

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The charges stem from an Oct. 7, 2019, encounter with Dacari Spiers, who suffered cuts and a broken wrist and leg at the hands of Stangel, prosecutors said.

"Officers responding to a call have a duty to promote public safety--not turn to violence as a show of authority," Boudin said in statement. "This case is an example of an officer unnecessarily escalating a situation and then violently beating a Black man whom he had no legal basis to even arrest. Officers who not only fail to promote safety but actively harm others must--and in my administration--will be held accountable."

According to prosecutors, Stangel and another officer responded that day to a report of a man assaulting a woman. At the scene, witnesses pointed out Spiers and his girlfriend to the officers, but officers didn't observe any physical violence or unlawful contact between the pair.

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Although Spiers and his girlfriend insisted they hadn't done anything wrong, at one point, Stangel allegedly struck Spiers from behind with his baton. As the other officer forced Spiers to the ground, Stangel continued to strike his legs multiple times, prosecutors said.

As a result of his injuries, Spiers required surgery and stitches and was wheelchair-bound during his recovery, prosecutors said.

The entire ordeal was captured on body-worn camera footage. Spiers was never arrested or charged with any offense.

The latest case marks the third on-duty SFPD officer facing charges over allegations of misconduct.

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Attorney Nicole Pifari represents Stangel. Her office released a statement to ABC7 News saying, in part, "the DA's statement is repulsive," and that Stangel and his partner "were doing exactly what society asks them to do."

You can read the full statement here:

"Officer Terrance Stangel and his partner were doing exactly what society asks them to do--putting themselves at risk by attempting to protect an individual reportedly being strangled. When District Attorney Chesa Boudin says there is no evidence of domestic violence, he is wrong. He is also wrong in describing the reporting party--whom Mr. Boudin labeled a "racially-biased Karen"--thereby implying she made a false complaint, as a white person. The evidence shows she is a Black woman. The DA's statement is repulsive--and implies if San Francisco residents see a hulking career criminal strangling someone, they will be publicly and falsely shamed by DA Boudin. Everyone in San Francisco should be concerned the DA can't get his facts straight and is attempting to frame an innocent officer who was doing what society asks of him-protect the public. We will provide accurate information to the public and the courts that will clear Officer Stangel of these false and malicious accusations from the DA."

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