Bayview Station

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...

Police foot patrols to double in Bayview by November

This is part of an effort to Cover the Police — a collaboration with the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism to look at how the police operate in the Mission District and elsewhere in the city. Bayview Station Captain Raj Vaswani said at a Tuesday community meeting at the Bayview Station that he would double foot patrols in the...

Trained in De-Escalation, Police Recruits Walk Mission

The San Francisco Police Department’s newest recruit class of 46 — 38 men and eight women — walked through the Mission District on Thursday to meet those they would be policing and serving. “Fuck the police!” yelled one woman at the 16th Street Bart Station as the large group crossed 16th Street.   “It’s understandable for black Americans to be...

Mission-Bayview Coalition Protests Police Shootings

Protesters carrying banners and candles halted in front of the Bayview Police Station at 201 Williams Ave. on Wednesday evening, their confrontational chants turning into cheers when, approaching from Third Street, a second group emerged underneath streetlights. The families of Alex Nieto and Mario Woods, two men killed by the San Francisco Police Department nearly two years apart, led two...

Mother Seeks Justice and to Remain in a City that Claimed Her Son’s Life

At Parque Niños Unidos on 23rd and Treat Streets, Sala-Haquekyah Chandler delivered an impromptu call to action last Wednesday about gun violence in the city that has left her without her son and a police investigation that has so far failed to apprehend those who took his life. “I have paid my dues to stand and speak for the people who...

An Evening at Third and Oakdale-Palou

En Español Two incidents of violence involving Asian residents– one in January on the platform and one in March – have focused attention at Bayview’s T- Third Street stop between Oakdale and Palou Avenues. Mission Loc@l went out Tuesday evening to spend some time near the platform between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. – the same time frame in which...

Bayview Responds to T-Third Muni Violence

En Español District 10 community leaders worked this week to bridge the divide between Asian and African American residents, a rift exacerbated by high-profile crimes against Asian residents on the platform of the T-Third Street Muni line. “The best way to bring communities together is to work on these problems together,” said Vincent Pan, executive director of Chinese for Affirmative...