Challenge in trial against ex-S.F. officer hinges on allegations Boudin mishandled case

Attorneys for a former San Francisco police officer charged with manslaughter are arguing the case should be tossed because the prosecution was the product of “misconduct” by ousted District Attorney Chesa Boudin.

Their challenge stems from new discovery materials that District Attorney Brooke Jenkins’ office turned over within days of conducting interviews with two investigators who said Boudin and his lieutenants pushed through a case that others in his office found unprosecutable.

A judge will be asked Friday to determine whether the internal disagreements over Samayoa’s case — and the specific ways in which Boudin allegedly dealt with them — are enough to get the case dismissed.

Christopher Samayoa had been an officer for five days when he shot and killed Keita O’Neil, who was unarmed and fleeing from police on Dec. 1, 2017, in Bayview-Hunters Point, after allegedly carjacking a California State Lottery minivan.

Camera footage shows that O’Neil jumped out of the van and appeared to be running past the officers’ car when Samayoa fired a single, fatal shot through his own window.

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