Police Chief Bill Scott wants cops to stop seating suspects on the sidewalk
Alleged gang members are detained in the Mission, 2018. Photo by Abraham Rodriguez.

Officers from the gang unit stopped and detained three individuals today at 3 p.m. on the corner of 19th and Mission in an overt daylight action.

The suspects were stopped for carrying open containers of alcohol in public, according to one of the officers, who also said they recognized the suspects as having prior connections to gangs operating in the Mission.

The two undercover officers ordered the three men to halt and stand against shop windows. Several uniformed units arrived and encircled the men as they were frisked.

Officers recovered at least two knives, including a large unsheathed kitchen knife and a gold-colored butterfly knife. One suspect was placed in handcuffs and arrested as officers spoke with the two remaining men.

Officers released the remaining two suspects after recording their addresses and taking photographs of one of the man’s tattoos.

One man was given back his golden butterfly knife. It’s currently unclear why one suspect was arrested while the others were released.

Recent calls for service to police can be found on CrimeMapping.

Crime is trauma and the county offers different services, which can be found hereVictims of violent crime can also contact the Trauma Recovery Center at UCSF.

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  1. There was a large police presence around 5pm Wednesday on Mission near Silver in front of the Jewish Home. About a dozen officers and several young women sitting on the sidewalk handcuffed.

  2. Thanks for reporting what happening. Didn’t know was another shooting or hurting. Too many crimes. Our businesses and stores needs better police patrols. I don’t see the walking police as much these days.

  3. I don’t understand why you would post this. We don’t need any more criminalization of Latino young men in San Francisco. If you’re going to post it, maybe you should include a line about how the SF DAs office doesn’t prosecute white people for gang charges – just black and brown ones. And maybe you should include the fact that these young men are innocent until proven guilty and maybe didn’t do anything whatsoever and maybe the cops are profiling them and picking on them when there’s about 200 white people in Dolores Park with open containers of alcohol every day.

    1. Dear sir or madam —

      When police detain, arrest, or otherwise physically restrain people in broad daylight on a busy intersection in the middle of a working day — and do so right in front of a news reporter and photographer — that’s something that gets reported on.

      All of your concerns, to varying degrees, are worthy of deepr analysis. It is not journalism, however, to toss out all of the above, like spaghetti at a wall, when confronted with a breaking news event. It is also not journalism to choose to not report on developments one feels are undesirable — but are happening, regardless, and in broad daylight to boot.



      1. I got your deeper analysis right here: the ‘white gangs of Dolores Park’ aren’t shooting each other on a weekly basis hence the need for a reduced police presence in the park. Glad to see there’s actually cops on what is otherwise normally a lawless street, and glad to see the existence gang activity at least acknowledged by Mission Local.

    2. Excellent point! These seem like great community members that we shouldn’t denigrate. Maybe they should mentor in the local schools to encourage more young people to follow in their footsteps.