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S.F. Chief George Gascón apologizes to Muslims
by Jill Tucker
Hundreds of Bay Area Muslims cheered San Francisco Police Chief George Gascón as he publicly apologized Friday for comments he made a week earlier referring to the susceptibility of the Hall of Justice to a terrorist attack by local Middle Eastern residents.
Gascón spoke for about five minutes after a Muslim prayer service held in a hotel conference room and attended by Yemeni, Afghan, Pakistani and Middle Eastern community members.
Friday's event capped a weeklong string of mea culpas offered by Gascón to those communities.
"I'm sorry that I've offended you, that I've offended the Afghan community and other Middle Eastern communities," he said to loud applause. "It doesn't matter where we come from, who we pray to. The responsibility for our safety is a joint effort."
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