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July 23, 2004

A San Francisco police officer is accused of abandoning his traffic control duties at San Francisco International Airport so he could train surveillance cameras on women as they walked through the terminal, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

An internal investigation found that the officer, William Rossi, went into an airport substation on three different occasions on Feb. 29, overrode the normal workings of the cameras each time, and kept other officers from using the surveillance system as he ogled women's body parts, the newspaper reported. When colleagues told him to relinquish the controls, he scoffed at them, saying he wouldn't get in trouble because he wasn't assigned to that substation.

Of course, he was wrong. The U.S. Customs Service, the airport communications office, and a private security firm "all observed the accused's inappropriate use'' of the system and told the Police Department, according to a police report quoted by the Chronicle.

The matter is now before the city Police Commission. Depending on its findings, Rossi could be suspended or fired, the Chronicle reported.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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