- Associated Press - Thursday, August 29, 2019

PACIFICA, Calif. (AP) - A San Francisco Police sergeant has been charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly pulling a fire alarm when she became frustrated she was denied entry into a closed-door meeting on homelessness.

The San Francisco Examiner reports that San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe charged Sgt. Maria Teresa Donati Thursday.

Wagstaffe said Donati was among several people who were upset about not being allowed into an Aug. 7 meeting on homelessness in Pacifica, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of San Francisco. The 24-year department veteran lives in Pacifica.

After the alarm was pulled, firefighters rushed to the scene and evacuated the building.

San Francisco police spokesman Officer Joseph Tomlinson said the department is investigating. An attorney for Donati could not immediately be located.

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