San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris and Police Chief George Gascon on Tuesday downplayed a news report that evidence of dozens of police officers’ misconduct and convictions has routinely been withheld from defense attorneys.

Gascon said he discovered soon after he became chief last August that the police department doesn’t have a policy governing the screening of police witnesses and handing over any resulting Brady evidence to the defense. Around that time, he added, he initiated discussions with the DA’s office on the lack of a policy.

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