Updated 11/2/10 at 1:30 p.m.
Mission Station Captain Greg Corrales said today that the Mission Street parties celebrating the Giants’ clinching the World Series title resulted in only a handful of arrests and one confirmed injury.
Police were out in force into the early morning, with most of Mission Station’s officers patrolling the streets, Corrales said. Reinforcements were brought in from almost every other station in the city.
As cars came to a standstill on Mission Street, mattresses and trash burned while revelers stood on cars and newspaper stands. Corrales said most who were arrested were throwing bottles, one of which hit one of his officers, causing a minor injury.
Two people were taken away in an ambulance after being dragged from their car by angry partiers at 21st and Mission streets, Corrales said. The car had allegedly plowed through a group of people gathered around a burning mattress, though the police have been unable to confirm what happened.
It is still unclear whether the car’s driver was deliberately trying to hit the revelers who took over the street last night, or if he panicked amid the mob.
Mission Loc@l reported earlier that members of the crowd said the car seemed to be trying to injure the revelers on the street.
“The car threw six people into the fire,” a witness who wished to remain anonymous told police at the scene.
Corrales said the incident was still under investigation when he left at 3 this morning.
The Mission was likely second only to the area surrounding the ballpark in terms of police activity, Corrales said. “But I don’t think they had as many confrontational people at the ballpark as we did.”
In anticipation of the street celebration, the department had barricades on standby to block the four-block area between 22nd Street, Valencia, 24th Street and South Van Ness Avenue, to prevent traffic from crossing. “The main message was, as long as there’s no violence, let the people celebrate.”
That didn’t last long. Around 10 p.m., a group of partiers took over and stood on a fire truck after it attempted to put out a fire at 22nd and Mission. Later, a crowd smashed the windows of the Wells Fargo at the same intersection.
After 11:30 p.m., about 60 officers in riot gear stood at Mission and 18th, declaring an unlawful assembly and attempting to disperse the crowd. “At that point, with fires being set, a fire truck in jeopardy, people throwing bottles, it was no longer tolerable,” said Corrales.
Mostly, the crowd dispersed without incident. “As we moved into the crowd, they retreated,” said Corrales. “We didn’t really have any violent confrontations.”
Small fires blazed all over the neighborhood. “Every time the fire department went out there, they asked for police backup,” said Corrales. At 24th and Shotwell, Corrales saw a crowd throwing bottles at firefighters who had arrived at the scene to put out a fire. “We had bottles thrown at us all night long, it comes with the territory of being a policeman…but throwing bottles at the firefighters, I couldn’t fathom that.”
Updated at 2 a.m.
An angry crowd assaulted at least two men after their car plowed through a group celebrating the Giants’ victory on Mission and 21st streets at around 11:15 p.m. The car hit several people in a crowd surrounding a burning mattress at the intersection.
“The car threw six people into the fire,” a witness who wished to remain anonymous told the police at the scene.
The driver tried to get away, but was stopped when a mob attacked the car, smashing its windows and slashing its tires.
“The crowd freaked out,” said Erin, a witness who did not want to disclose her last name.
“The [driver] was punched in the face,” said Davitus Morena, another witness. “He was fearing for his life.”
Police who were nearby monitoring the street celebrations rushed to the scene as the driver and another man in the car were being attacked.
At around 11:45 p.m., two Latino men who had been in the car were put into an ambulance. The car remained at the intersection as police in riot gear marched down Mission Street to disperse the crowds.
Witnesses at the scene did not know if the people who were hit by the car sustained any injuries.
Officers at the scene did not seem to know that the car had run into the crowd before the attack.
“Some mattresses were on fire initially. Then some gentlemen were mobbed and assaulted,” said an officer who did not want to give his name.
A man on his bike was almost hit by the car but jumped out of the way in time.
“The police didn’t even know that people got hit until a few minutes ago,” he said after giving his account to the officers. He believes the event may have been gang-related.
Several witnesses said they thought the driver had run into the crowd on purpose, but Moreno doubted the driver had any malicious intent.
As reported at 1 a.m.
Minutes after riot police finished clearing an area of Mission Street near 22nd, where a violent group of World Series celebrators shattered the windows of a nearby Wells Fargo bank, an angry mob down the street set a pile of debris on fire and began destroying a car that tried to drive through.
The streets had been closed off, but the car managed to get through blockades and onto Mission Street shortly after 11:15 p.m., only to be stopped by the mob convened at the corner of 21st.
The car was quickly surrounded, and people began jumping onto it, kicking it and smashing its windows.
A handful of individuals tried to stop the group when the car’s driver seemed to be in danger of physical harm, and ultimately riot police from down the street rushed to the scene to disperse the crowd.
The scene that followed was much more subdued, as onlookers took pictures of firefighters putting out the debris fire while police officers tended to the driver of the vehicle.
Helicopters flying overhead reminded the revelers who remained that there was still partying — and perhaps more — happening elsewhere throughout town.