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A senior official in the San Francisco District Attorney's Office apologized to staff this week after making off-color remarks about Middle Eastern people, sources familiar with the incident said.

Jerry Coleman, who heads the DA's trial-integrity unit, made the joking remarks during a training session Tuesday, according to the district attorney's office and a source who was present.

Coleman declined to comment about the statements. “At this point I am not in the position to say anything,” he said Friday.

The district attorney's office did not provide details about what Coleman said during the training.

Prosecutors who were at the session complained to District Attorney George Gascón, who decided to speak to the entire staff about the incident, but Coleman asked for permission to issue his own apology. He addressed the entire office at a meeting Wednesday.

Coleman's remarks during the training were "out of line with our department and the city's harassment-free workplace policy," spokeswoman Erica Derryck said. "District Attorney Gascón addressed the matter with the full staff and appropriate disciplinary action was taken."

Derryck did not specify how Coleman was disciplined, saying it was a personnel matter and therefore confidential.





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