World Series Vandals Face Civil and Criminal Charges

District Attorney George Gascón, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, and SFPD spokesman Carlos Manfredi address the press Tuesday afternoon.

District Attorney George Gascón, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, and SFPD spokesman Carlos Manfredi address the press Tuesday afternoon.

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Suspects charged with committing acts of vandalism on Sunday night after the San Francisco Giants won the World Series will be prosecuted in both criminal and civil court, District Attorney George Gascón, City Attorney Dennis Herrera and police department spokesman Carlos Manfredi announced in a joint press conference Tuesday.

Eight men and one woman were charged with crimes connected to the Mission District disorder, including assault on a police officer, negligent discharge of a firearm, robbery, resisting arrest with force and arson, for a total of five felonies and several misdemeanors, according to Gascón.

“[We will] prosecute to the fullest extent of the law,” he said.

Manfredi said that a Muni bus was torched and a shotgun was discharged out of a window on Sunday night. Windows were smashed and newsstands and trashcans were knocked over. Two police officers were injured, Manfredi said.

“What occurred last Sunday was inexcusable,” Gascón said. “They caused a great deal of damage.”

Herrera could not estimate what the damage will cost the city, but vowed to spare no effort to recover the money. “We will go after you where it hurts,” he said, referring to prosecuting the defendants in civil court.

Herrera contrasted Sunday night’s violence with the 2010 World Series, when the Giants beat the Texas Rangers.

“We have a long tradition of celebrating … peacefully,” Herrera said, calling the 2010 parade “a model of decorum and responsibility.”

All three officials stressed that individuals should abide by the laws during Wednesday’s parade.

Gascón said more suspects would be prosecuted. “They will be trickling down the next few days,” he said.

The nine defendants will be arraigned this afternoon at 850 Bryant St.

3 Comments

  1. Don Quixote

    Bring out the gallows. That behavior was absolutely inexcusable. As a result of the bad fan behavior, I curse the giants to a 100 year championship drought, and a move to San Jose.

  2. The difficulty in prosecuting these cases to conviction is the level of evidence available to the DA’s office. Unless it is a video like the one that led to the first vandal’s charge, other photographic evidence may be deemed merely as circumstantial without more. Declarations from witnesses and other who personally saw the particular defendant commit the act would be needed. Whoever these individuals are, I hope that witnesses (preferably those who were not intoxicated) would be able to provide credible evidence so that the right individuals who did this become responsible for their actions. The take all of the day is that when there is illegal activity going on, you may want to think twice before sticking around and cheering the illegal activity on. You might be in a photo or YouTube video and could possibly be prosecuted.

    Speaking from an attorney standpoint,
    Local resident,
    Ann

  3. Ramon

    How many of these people who were arrested actually live in The Mission? It seems as if our home has become a haven of vandalism that is perpetrated by those who don’t live here. Why have they chosen The Mission (not that vandalism should occur anywhere) as the place to cause trouble? And, has anyone noticed that many of the perpetrators wear black hoods or masks? There is much boldness in anonymity.

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