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SF police often offer confusing or no information on community advisory boards

First-year Police Chief, Bill Scott, wasn’t the first thing San Francisco stole from Los Angeles. In 2009, the department opened their station doors to a community advisory board model followed by the Los Angeles Police Department. In theory, the city’s 10 district captains appoint a representative group of neighborhood stakeholders to meet, discuss community issues and take action to address...

SFPD stations offer few places to sit and not much information

What happens at a police station? Or, here’s a better question: what should happen there? If you walked into most of the 10 district stations in San Francisco, your answer would likely be as short as you’d hope your visit would be. The station lobbies are, with some exceptions, furnished with hard surfaces, little light, and there’s often little information...

Breaking Ground: Two formerly incarcerated men rebuild their lives while rebuilding a Bayview public housing community

There were just a few weeks left, so Maurice Scott started sending letters out to every employer he could think of. He made hundreds of copies of his certifications, folded them one-by-one, stuffed them into envelopes, and licked them shut. He wanted a job the second he’d breathe air as a free man again. Determined, he even dialed an employer...

SF police shooting shows lapses in procedure, but rookie cop likely to escape criminal charges

The rookie cop who was still on probation when he shot and killed an unarmed suspect in December, is likely to escape criminal charges, according to several use-of-force experts. Nonetheless, most agreed that a 30-second video shows apparent and significant breaches of procedure, and one of the experts felt these were major enough to warrant firing the officer who is...

After new officer shoots and kills suspect, SF Bayview police captain wonders if his station will remain a training station

To the small group of Bayview residents who braved Monday’s rain to come to the district police station, Capt. Steven Ford said he was “absolutely shocked that there hasn’t been more of an outcry and concern about” the police killing of Keita O’Neil, 42. Officer Christopher Samayoa shot and killed 42-year-old O’Neil on Dec. 1. O’Neil was unarmed and Samayoa...

Mother of unarmed man fatally shot by SF officer sues city

The mother of the unarmed man who was fatally shot by a rookie San Francisco police officer earlier this month is suing the officer and the city of San Francisco for what they allege was an unlawful killing.   Civil rights attorney John Burris, who is representing Keita O’Neil’s mother, announced the lawsuit Tuesday at a press conference at Cornerstone...

At SF Bayview town hall meeting, anger erupts as police show footage of an unarmed man (update)

Updated, Monday, December 11: The SFPD identified the officer involved in the Dec. 1 shooting as Officer Christopher Samayoa.  He has been assigned to the Field Operations Bureau. Police have not found evidence that the 42-year-old man shot and killed by a San Francisco Police Department officer last Friday was armed, Capt. Valerie Matthews of the SFPD Major Crimes Unit...

Most SF police stations falter in communicating with residents (update)

Covering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Update: 2/12/18 Since publishing this piece on December 5th, all of the district station’s have taken a page from Bayview’s use of Mailchimp and residents can now sign up easily for a newsletter for any or all of the ten stations. The links to sign  up are all...

VIDEO: March honors SF police shooting victim Mario Woods

On Dec. 2 2017, friends and family members of Mario Woods gathered in the Bayview with community activists to commemorate the two-year anniversary his killing by San Francisco police. The group of 50 marched to the corner of Third St. and Fitzgerald Ave., where the 26-year-old was shot 21 times by five police officer. Woods’ shooting, caught on cell phone...

SF Bayview’s new police captain sees appointment as a homecoming

Covering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Capt. Steven Ford calls his appointment to lead the Bayview Police Station a homecoming. Not just because the Bayview was Ford’s first post after his field training in 1991, but because his parents grew up on its streets in the 1940s — his mother on Navy Road in...

DA declines to file charges in another SF police shooting, activists react

After District Attorney George Gascón announced, once again, that he won’t  file charges in the officer-involved shooting of 29-year-old Jessica Williams, activists in the Bayview renewed their promise to hold the San Francisco Police Department accountable. “With everything going on, with the fires, DACA and Trump, police brutality is on the back burner,” Phelicia Jones, who founded the Bayview group Wealth...

Everybody knows Monty: A Bayview officer’s mission for justice

Covering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. When San Francisco Officer Montgomery Singleton goes to work in the morning, he hoists himself onto his bike and rides peacefully down Third Street. As he pedals, he passes business storefronts he’s always known, little cafes and family-owned restaurants where he’s always spent his lunch breaks. For...

Community policing at the heart of transformation at SF’s Alice Griffith Apartments

Covering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Ten years ago, Le’shall Wallace wouldn’t dare let a police officer into her home. A mother of five, Wallace struggled with substance abuse — and an abusive husband who almost took her life on several occasions. San Francisco police officers who patrolled Alice Griffith Apartments in the Bayview,...

The Tasers SF proposes buying are backed by few studies

To Rick Smith, the founder and chief executive officer of Axon, which manufactures Tasers, electricity is not something to be feared, but revered. Electricity offers life. Without it, Smith wrote in 2007, “Earth would be nothing but a barren rock in the cosmos.” And Smith has long been determined to prove this point, arguing that equipping law enforcement with the...

Mario Woods shooting informs Bayview’s consideration of Tasers

Covering the Police is an effort to look more closely at how police work in the Mission and elsewhere in the city. It is a collaboration with U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.  Residents from all over San Francisco made it very clear at a public hearing Tuesday night that they do not want the police to carry Tasers. But...