Apple used plainclothes police to search home
Matt Gratz, Political Fail Blog
More evidence that the police work to protect companies and their assets over citizens and their rights comes today from San Francisco. The SF weekly reports that Apple’s private investigators utilized the services of “three or four” San Francisco plainclothes police officers during an unwarranted search of a citizen’s home in an attempt to locate Apple’s missing Iphone 5 prototype, which was lost by an Apple employee in a Mission district bar.. again.
SFPD spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield tells SF weekly that “three or four” plainclothes police accompanied Apple employees to the home of Sergio Calderón, a 22-year-old resident of Bernal Heights. Dangerfield goes on to say that the police officers “did not go inside the house,” rather they stood outside the front door while the Apple investigators combed the young man’s home, car and computer files with out finding any evidence of the lost prototype. Calderón denies ever possessing the missing Iphone.
In a September 2 interview, Calderón tells SF weekly that 6 people wearing badges came to his home in July, all claiming to be SFPD. He continues to say that none of the officers acknowledged that they were employees of Apple, and one of them offered to pay a $300 reward for the return of the lost property. Calderón also says that one officer began to threaten him and his family over their immigration status.
“One of the officers is like, ‘Is everyone in this house an American citizen?’ They said we were all going to get into trouble,” Calderón said.
During the search, only the two apple employees entered the home, but they never identified themselves as private investigators. Calderón says had he known they were not SFPD he would have not allowed them to enter his home.
“When they came to my house, they said they were SFPD,” Calderón said. “I thought they were SFPD. That’s why I let them in.”
An investigation is underway to determine whether or not the investigators will face charges of impersonating a police officer, which in California is punishable by up to one year in jail. The police officers are also being investigated on why they failed to write a report on the search of the man’s home.
“This is something that’s going to need to be investigated now,” SFPD spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield said, when informed about the Bernal Heights man’s statements to SF Weekly. “If this guy is saying that the people said they were SFPD, that’s a big deal. There’s something amiss here. If we searched someone’s house, there would be a police report.”
The police are employed by the citizens to protect them from outsiders attempting to illegally enter their homes. So who do we call when the police are helping them get in?