Sureño graffiti appeared Wednesday morning on the wall of a building near 18th Street and South Van Ness Avenue, according to an employee at nearby Whiz Burger.
In an article in the Bay Citizen late last year, reporter Scott James spoke to Officer Martin Ferreira, who investigates graffiti. “One example of violence sparked by graffiti occurs when gang graffiti is placed in a rival gang’s area or turf,” Ferreira told James. “This action is most likely to be perceived as a disrespectful act, and can cause a cycle of violence that affects the entire community.”
There is somewhat of a precedent for incidents like this in the Mission.
In the fall of 2010, the Solidarity Mural at 24th and Capp streets was covered with graffiti from several Norteño cliques, and black faces in the mural were covered with white paint.
This kind of graffiti comes and goes. However, this is the second instance we have seen around the neighborhood recently.
A Mission Loc@l reporter also spotted some near 19th and Capp Street two weeks ago.
Landlords are responsible for removing graffiti from their property.
We called a gang expert, the San Francisco Police Department and the Department of Public Works to find out what it means when gang graffiti shows up in your neighborhood, and will update this post when we hear back from them.