George Gascón

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George Gascón
Chief George Gascon SFPD.jpg
District Attorney of San Francisco
Assumed office
January 9, 2011
Preceded by Kamala Harris
Chief of the San Francisco Police Department
In office
January 8, 2010 – January 9, 2011
Preceded by Heather Fong
Succeeded by Greg Suhr
Personal details
Born 1954 (age 63–64)
Havana, Cuba
Nationality Cuban/American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Fabiola Kramsky
Residence San Francisco, California
Alma mater California State University, Long Beach
Western State University College of Law

George Gascón (born 1954) is the District Attorney of San Francisco. He was appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom in January 2011 to succeed California Attorney General Kamala Harris. In November 2011, Gascón was elected as District Attorney of San Francisco.[1]

Early life[edit]

Gascón was born in Havana, Cuba, Gascón and his family immigrated to the United States in 1967 and settled in Bell, California, a suburb of Los Angeles.[citation needed] After dropping out of Bell High School, Gascón served in the United States Army from 1972 to 1975, receiving an honorable discharge as a sergeant (E-5), and earned his high school diploma.[citation needed] In 1978, Gascón joined the Los Angeles Police Department. He then became a sales manager at a Ford Motor Company dealership and then pursued higher education.[2] He received a bachelor's degree in history from California State University, Long Beach and a Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law.[3] In 1987, he became a full-time police officer again and then assistant police chief and director of the office of operations.[citation needed] Gascón has been an active member of the California State Bar since 1996.


Gascón was chief of the San Francisco Police Department from August 2009 to January 2011, succeeding Heather Fong.[3] He was replaced by Greg Suhr. During his tenure, murder rates were the lowest in over half a century.[citation needed]

He appointed retired judges Cruz Reynoso, LaDoris Hazzard Cordell and Dickran Tevrizian to review the cases.[4]


Gascón has received criticism for comments against ethnic minorities. In March 2010, Gascón made remarks about San Francisco's susceptibility to terrorism by the "Middle Eastern community" that upset Arab-Americans.[5][6] Gascón was accused of calling African-Americans "those people" in "a derogatory way" at a dinner in 2010 by San Francisco Police Department officers under oath in depositions.[7][8] In January 2016, Gascón's office was sued for an employee who allegedly made a racial slur to another employee of the District Attorney's Office.[9]


  1. ^ City and County of San Francisco, Department of Elections [1] "Official Ranked-Choice Results Report November 8, 2011 Consolidated Municipal Election District Attorney"
  2. ^ Stern, Ray (July 10, 2008). "Mesa Police Chief George Gascón stares down Sheriff Joe Arpaio". Phoenix New Times. pp. 4. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Chief Gascon's Biography". San Francisco Police Department. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ Keeling, Brock (26 March 2010). "Police Chief Gascón Angers Middle Eastern and Arab Community". SFist. Archived from the original on 16 May 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  6. ^ Knight, Heather (26 March 2010). "Police chief's remarks on terrorism anger Arabs". SF Gate. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Ho, Vivian (9 March 2016). "SF D.A. Gascón's divide with law enforcement deepens". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  8. ^ "SF Police Union Officials Claim DA Gascon Made Racist Remarks At Drunken Party". CBS SF Bay Area. 2 March 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "SF D.A.'s office employee files suit; claims co-worker used racial slur". FOX 2. 4 January 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 

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