Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Gay SF police lieutenant retires

Retired police Lieutenant Chuck Limbert in 2014. (Photo: Pete Thoshinsky)

Retired police Lieutenant Chuck Limbert in 2014. (Photo: Pete Thoshinsky)

A gay longtime San Francisco cop who is well-known in the LGBT community has abruptly turned in his badge.

Lieutenant Chuck Limbert retired Saturday, February 28, police Chief Greg Suhr confirmed to the Bay Area Reporter today (Thursday, March 5).

It is not known if Limbert’s sudden departure from the force is related to accusations that he tried to prevent an investigation into allegations that another gay officer had embezzled thousands of dollars from the San Francisco Police Department’s Pride Alliance, an organization of LGBT officers.

However, in a text exchange with the B.A.R., Limbert said, “My reputation based on lies has ruined my life’s work.” He added, “There is still an ongoing investigation. I seem to be the only one that remembers that. I loved my job! This embezzlement never happened under my time. Not one word about the old board. … I am hiring a lawyer.”

In response to emailed questions Suhr said, “Lt. Limbert retired, effective last Saturday because he decided to – as was his prerogative being that he was eligible to retire. His retirement was voluntary. He receives all pension/benefits in retirement that he is entitled to based on his age/years of service.”

In a February email, Officer Andy Shakur, member-at-large of the San Francisco Police Department’s Pride Alliance, said former Officer Mike Evans had allegedly embezzled more than $16,000 from the alliance. Evans, who’s denied the allegations to a KTVU reporter, has paid back almost $15,000, according to Shakur. Evans, the police group’s former treasurer, resigned from the department last year and the B.A.R. hasn’t been able to reach him.

In his February 17 email to dues-paying alliance members, which was shared with the B.A.R., Shakur said Limbert had tried to stop others from reporting the case. Limbert, who at least until last week was the alliance’s president, has denied doing anything wrong.

Limbert and other police officials have said the embezzlement case has been forwarded to the district attorney’s office. As of Tuesday, March 3, the DA hadn’t filed charges.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, March 5, 2015 @ 2:41 pm PST
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