Department of Police Accountability


Community clashes with SFPD at Town Hall on officer-involved shooting

Distrust and anger prevail as Police Chief Bill Scott and others sit and listen After police attempted to get armed-robbery suspect Adolfo Jesus Delgado-Duarte to show his hands, the 19-year-old fired one shot from the trunk of a Honda Civic last week on Capp Street. Ten of the police officers surrounding the black Honda Civic responded with 99 shots, hitting...

SFPD Chief Scott fires rookie officer who shot alleged carjacker in Bayview

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott on Friday fired the rookie cop who, four days into his police career, shot dead an alleged carjacker. In return, the police union fired back a fusillade of its own, accusing Scott of cowardice and political expediency. Other officers — who would not speak on the record for fear of retribution from the police...

Taser Wars: Police Commission gamely moves to vote on stun gun policy likely to be undone by ballot measure

At some point on Wednesday, the meeting’s going to careen off the rails. “Shit-show breaks out” isn’t a Police Commission agenda item, but it might as well be. Various members of the public will recriminate one other and members of the government; members of the government will recriminate various members of the public and one other. Demonstrations will break out....

19-year-old police shooting victim came to the U.S. as a child and grew up and worked in SF’s Mission

Friends say his undocumented status could have been the reason he hid in the trunk of a car where police shot him On Tuesday night at 8:40 p.m., 19-year-old Jesus Adolfo Delgado Duarte and his co-worker closed up shop at the Metro PCS store at 2380 Mission St., near 20th Street. “My Uber came and so I left,” said the...

Officer involved shooting at 21st and Capp streets

SFPD officers shot and killed a robbery suspect Tuesday night who appeared to be hiding in the trunk of a car on Capp Street. Police later found a handgun in the trunk of the vehicle, according to police. “We heard a bunch of gunshots,” said Seung Lee, 44, on Wednesday morning. “It was a lot at once and sounded like...

Once-temporary director leaves SF Department of Police Accountability

Roberto Manuel Fortes, once the temporary director of the Department of Police Accountability, who had to step down after allegations of sexual harassment, is resigning from the department’s legal team, Mission Local has learned. Paul Henderson, the current interim director of the department, confirmed that Fortes submitted his resignation. “He told me that he wanted to pursue other interests, although...

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...

Online complaint service for SF police accountability office has been down since August

The Department of Police Accountability’s online process to file a complaint about a police officer has been offline since late last summer. And, yes, the number of complaints have declined. While online complaints comprise only a fraction of the complaints filed — most are filed in person or by phone — it is another option for filing complaints at a time...

Road to SFPD reform cautiously, sometimes haltingly, engages community

San Francisco’s attempt to incorporate community input into the police reform effort could be viewed as delusional (police would never take advice from civilians) to foolhardy (the two would never get along). Nevertheless, that is what the SFPD and civilian stakeholders have attempted to do as they work through the Justice Department’s 272 recommendations to make the SFPD better. Nearly...

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...

Heavy gun belts are giving SFPD officers back problems

Covering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Atlas carried the weight of the world on his shoulders, and while San Francisco’s police officers don’t bear as much, they do carry a significant amount. Setting aside their bulletproof vests and boots, most officers carry between 20 to 30 pounds of weight on their gun belt —...

In SF, investigations of officer-involved shootings abound; delays do too

San Francisco police officers got the call at 11:35 p.m. on Saturday — there was a domestic disturbance, possibly a weapon. They arrived at the Russian Hill apartment to hear Damian Murray threatening his wife and two children with a gun. For three hours, crisis negotiators worked to calm Murray. And then, in quick succession, a gunshot fired from within...

As SFPD reforms continue without DOJ, promises to keep pressure on

Covering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Justice has left the building. But, last Tuesday afternoon, Police Chief William Scott tried to reassure the Board of Supervisors that the Justice Department’s exit from SFPD’s reform efforts will make no difference. “The thought process and the desire is to continue, even though the DOJ has...

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...