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Members of the San Jose Police Department reportedly accepted free tickets from the 49ers to multiple preseason games over the last two seasons, according to an ABC7 report.
Police officials are not allowed to accept gifts over $50 in value. The 49ers front office told ABC7 that the tickets in question held a face value of $187.
The report comes a few weeks after news that San Jose police won't be permitted to work off-duty for the 49ers after defensive lineman Ray McDonald called a member of the San Jose police to the scene of his alleged domestic violence incident.
Assistant Chief Eddie Garcia and Deputy Chief Jeff Marozick reportedly attended the August 8, 2013 preseason opener against Denver at Candlestick Park and the August 24, 2014 preseason game against the Chargers at Levi's Stadium.
A police spokesperson told ABC7 that the officers were invited as part of the 49ers' "Law Enforcement Appreciation Day," and that they filled out the proper forms declaring the gifts. But San Jose's city ordinance prohibits gifts over $50 and specifically bans tickets to sporting events as gifts. When the news organization attempted to talk to Garcia and Marozick, the spokesperson said that the officers reimbursed the 49ers for the tickets.
But San Jose's independent police auditor Judge Ladoris Cordell told ABC7 that reimbursing the value of the tickets doesn't get the officers off the hook.
"The fact is the duty manual, the rule itself says you may not accept these. It doesn't say, you get around it by accepting it, and later paying money back," she said.