Mission Station


No charges filed against men arrested following fatal Mission District shooting

The two men arrested on Sunday in connection with a fatal shooting in the Mission District were promptly released early this week, pending a law enforcement investigation. Robert Salvador, 22, was released Monday, and 28-year-old Sandie Harden was released Tuesday, said Nancy Crowley, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department. Both men had been arrested in connection with the...

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...

SF’s limited-English sexual assault victims among the most ignored

Nearly three years have passed since Dora Mejia filed a lawsuit against the City of San Francisco that exposed the barriers many monolingual sexual assault victims experience when interacting with the SFPD, but advocates say the problems still remain. Mejia was arrested after her ex-partner sexually assaulted her in a Mission District apartment in 2014. He left the apartment, called...

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...

SF District Attorney to close Luis Gongora investigation in ‘six to eight weeks’

District Attorney George Gascón will make a decision in six to eight weeks on whether to charge the officers who fatally shot a homeless man in the Mission in April 2016, said Adriana Camarena, an advocate for the man’s family who met with Gascón on Wednesday. Camarena said that during the meeting, Gascón gave her and the family of Luis...

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’s use of force plummets from last year

Use of force by SFPD officers continues on a sharp downward trend, according to recently released use-of-force data.   Citywide, SFPD continues to disproportionately use force on people of color, specifically African Americans, the numbers show. And, despite the overall downturn in use-of-force incidents, there were four deaths at the hands or under the watch of San Francisco officers in...

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...

Meet the lower 24th Street beat officers

Last month, Mission Local reported that some merchants on Mission and 24th streets had not noticed a difference in SFPD’s foot patrol presence and engagement since the department announced it would quadruple foot patrols in September. Shortly after the article was published, the Mission Station hosted a meetup on 24th Street aimed at introducing merchants and community members to the officers....

SFPD to arrest service-resistant homeless residents

Mission Station will be working with the District Attorney on issuing warrants to arrest homeless people who have been repeatedly cited for nuisance activities and who refuse services, said Captain Gaetano Caltagirone at a community meeting at Mission Station on Tuesday. He said that while there are fewer tent encampments, there are still individuals who are not accepting services. “It...

The SF Mission District’s invisible foot patrols

Last August, the San Francisco Police Department announced plans to nearly double the number of foot patrol officers walking commercial corridors citywide from roughly 70 to 130. Moreover, Police Chief Bill Scott said the number of foot patrols would quadruple in the Mission District. But nearly five months later, merchants along the Mission District corridors that the foot beat officers...

SF Mission District homicides down slightly in 2017

Homicides in the Mission District were down in 2017, with eight murders reported by the end of the year, compared to 10 homicides in 2016. In 2017, 56 homicides occurred citywide, compared to a total of 58 in 2016. The first homicide of 2017 took place on New Year’s Day, but 2018 did not see its first killing until last...

SF Mission Station launching unit to curb auto burglaries

The Mission and Taraval police stations are rolling out special units dedicated to solving the rising number of car break-ins and bike thefts in the city. The units officially begin work today, and other stations will form their units over the next year. Police Chief Bill Scott, District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen, and District 7 Supervisor Norman Yee made the...

SF Mission Station ramping up undercover operations, homeless outreach

Mission Station is upping its homeless outreach and undercover operations, said Captain Gaetano Caltagirone at a community meeting Tuesday at the station.    Caltagirone stepped in as head of the station two months ago with promises of better community relations and more “old-fashioned” policing, including foot patrols and undercover drug busts. He also seems to be taking a more participatory...