Another cell phone video of last Friday’s violent altercation between SFPD and San Francisco residents at Valencia Gardens surfaced on YouTube today.
The brawl, sparked by plainclothes officers attempting to stop 20-year-old D’Paris “D.J.” Williams for biking on the sidewalk, has ignited allegations of police brutality and inspired a protest set for 5 p.m. tomorrow at Valencia Gardens.
In the new video, officers can be seen carrying a bloodied and groaning Williams away. Minutes later, the video shows a plainclothes officer in a black baseball cap swinging at a man in a gray shirt just before police throw two other men to the ground. Another cell phone video of the incident has been making the rounds on local blogs and news sites over the last few days.
The incident occurred around 3:40 p.m. on Friday, as the Violence Reduction Team was working a plainclothes assignment in the area. “The Valencia Gardens area is a high-crime area,” Officer Gordon Shyy said. “Part of [the Violence Reduction Team’s] routine patrol function is to go through that area.”
Shyy said the undercover officers identified themselves to Williams, who was riding his bike on the sidewalk. They displayed their badges, and asked him to stop, but Williams instead continued riding to an apartment in the complex, Shyy said.
After spending the afternoon observing the Batkid events downtown, Williams was on his way over to see his cousin. “His whole family lives in Valencia Gardens,” said the cousin, Dave, who did not want his last name used.
Instead, Williams made it halfway into his sister’s apartment.
“They attempted to detain him, and he became resistant and combative,” Shyy said.
“They just yanked my brother and dragged him out of the house and slammed him on the ground,” his sister, Christina, said. Stunned, confused, and holding her three-week-old newborn, she followed the officers outside to find out what her brother was being arrested for. That’s when she says officers began pushing her around, which prompted neighbors to react.
“Multiple subjects came out of the building and became combative and formed a hostile crowd,” Shyy said. The officers called for backup.
“Everybody knows him,” Dave said. “That’s why everybody was running out, saying what the hell are y’all doing to D.J.? Kid ain’t doing nothing.”
The resulting melee, captured by at least two cell phone cameras, resulted in four arrests and bloodied faces of at least two of the men. In addition, Shyy said that two officers were transported to a hospital for their injuries.
Antoine Bradford, 22, was booked for assaulting a peace officer and felony resisting arrest, Masai Bradford, Jr., 24, was booked for outstanding traffic and failure-to-appear warrants, and Orlando Rodriguez, 24, was cited for a misdemeanor resisting arrest and released.
Shyy declined to name the police officers involved in the incident.
Williams was booked on assaulting a peace officer, felony resisting arrest, riding his bike on the sidewalk, and for an outstanding traffic warrant.
While many questions still remain, his family wants to know what the Violent Reduction Team was doing enforcing traffic violations.
“They’re undercover narcs,” Dave said. “What are they doing giving bike citations?”
“It’s a violation of the traffic code,” Shyy said. “They are allowed to use that to try to detain this person. This person fled. Can they? Of course. They can write citations for any infractions they observe.”
Williams’ family said no one has heard from him or been able to see him since his arrest.
A KTVU report earlier tonight said that the prosecutor’s office was dropping the charges against Williams, but this could not be independently confirmed. Travis Jansen, a friend, said via email that the family was hoping to pick Williams up tonight.
What I saw was alot of police brutality. I’m totally disgusted and outraged by it. Their is no reason to brutally beat someone for a bike citation. It makes me ashamed of our city.
There’s also no reason to misuse the word “their” erroneously.
These cops did everything by the book.
Except the story says they pulled Williams out of the house… What authority did they have to go into someone’s home to arrest someone for biking on the sidewalk? There were no Exigent Circumstances here, did they think he was going to flush his bike down the toilet and they’d lose their evidence for a $25 violation? I know you’ll claim he fled the cops…. except the cops admitted they REQUESTED that he stop when they first came up to him… requested, not ordered. You can refuse requests from officers any time of day. Since they never ordered him to stop, he never fled.
Thanks for a reasonable response to another over-reaction/incidence of police brutality. Their actions were clearly based on where the incident occurred and who the kid was, not what he was doing. People ride on the sidewalk all the time, but only some get beat up for it.
Only some people flee and resist arrest with violence. Clearly you are a race baiter.
If the police request that you stop breaking a law, and you ignore them, be prepared to suffer the consequences. If you flee an arrest and run into a building, be prepared to be pulled out of your hiding place.
Aaron – you clearly don’t understand the law. Are you trying to claim that while flashing their badges and telling him to stop, they said “please”? LOL.
Go ahead and flee from police, then act surprised when they follow you and forcibly extract you from your hiding place while you resist with violence.
What a nasty little comment !
John Levin – What an empty, useless comment.
What I saw was a bunch of stupid Missionites running into the middle of a crime scene (squirrel!). Makes me ashamed of my neighborhood.
@”M.D.” What video were YOU watching?
Stop spreading misinformation. You did not see someone being brutally beaten (is there any other type of beating?) for a bike citation. It doesn’t matter if he was jaywalking, spitting in the sidewalk, or whatever. The fact is that he FLED from the police and RESISTED ARREST. And you know what? I have had it with adult punks riding their bikes on the sidewalk. It is dangerous and a problem. I’m glad that they were trying to cite him. He should have just taken the ticket and acted like an adult.
You saw a lot of police brutality? Where? The video clearly shows several people moving in on police, not the other way around. And you are correct, no reason to beat someone for a bike citation. And that’s not what happened. The perp fled the police and resisted arrest with violence. Most people don’t behave that way. I comply when the police want to speak with me or issue a citation.
Spades you sound like a racist. Every comment you have made has been negative. I hope I never find myself around the likes of you or anyone like you.
M.D. – I sound like a racist? I wasn’t even aware that “race” played a part in this story. It is not mentioned as a factor in the story, nor in the comments. Oh, and I’m multiracial, so there’s that. Do you always wrongfully accuse people when their opinion differs from yours? You obviously assumed I was “white”, which ironically makes YOU the racist). I suppose fact-based discourse isn’t in the cards for you. And the feeling is mutual – I don’t want to be around you “or the likes of you” either. But while we’re on the subject of making random assumptions about people we don’t know, I’d wager that you’re probably one of those neo-hipster anarchist-wannabes that goes around vandalizing small local businesses because you’re angry at your parents and don’t want to work for a living and/or contribute positively to society. I hope you don’t ever need to call the police to save you, but if you ever find yourself having to, you’ll be damn glad and appreciative, instead of slandering them on the internet for doing their job and making up racial issues where there are none.
M.D. – as far as negative comments go, your comments all as negative to the core. 1) Falsely accusing the police of abuse 2) “Shaming” the entire city of SF 3) falsely accusing a complete stranger of being a racist.
Oh, and if you still think I’m a racist, perhaps you should see my previous comments here:
What I saw from this video was some dude in a gray shirt being told multiple times to step back (1:57), and then come around behind the police and run towards them (2:52). Maybe he was running to a friend, maybe he was running at the cops, maybe he was running for a better view…either way, it’s clear the police were dealing with a situation of some sort, so to jog towards them when they’re backs are turned is a bad idea. Then to “put up your dukes” to a cop that pushes you away, you may as well put the cuffs on yourself. The guy in gray made things bad for everyone involved. He should have just stayed out of it.
you must be a a white hipster tryna move into the mission
Your response, “you must be a white hipster…” says vastly more about you than it does about the person you are responding to.
It is usually someone who would call the cops on someone because he’s a punk who starts thinigs that he can’t finish that sides with the police…you want to comment on the man who you think walked up on the cops, but I guess you think that after what they did everyone should be applauding them…take your ignorant gentrification self back to whence you came idiot
You got all that from his accurate summary of what the video shows? Funny, because all I got from your comment is that you hate white people and have trouble with the English language.
The police told the guy more than a dozen times to back up and so what does he do? He comes around from the other side and rushes the arrest scene? Hmmm.
Smart move, right?
Yeah, real smart move.
Agreed. This video shows more clearly than the previous ones how the police where not overstepping their bounds while being attacked by several misguided young men.