Tenderloin Station

SF jiu-jitsu community holds benefit today for injured SFPD officer

Covering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. San Francisco’s jiu-jitsu community quickly rallied around one of its own after a hit-and-run sent one of its members, SFPD Officer Elia Lewin-Tankel, to the hospital on Oct. 18. According to police, the Tenderloin officer remains in critical condition. Today at Evolve Training Center, 170 S. Spruce...

For SF beat officers, arresting drug offenders is not always the answer

Covering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Officer Danny Casey has been a beat cop in the Tenderloin for about five years. “You’ve probably walked around and seen people shooting up and smoking crack, right?” he tells me as I stand with Casey and his partner, Officer Kevin Cuadro, at the corner of Turk...

Help over handcuffs: BART police officers see promise in new drug diversion program

The BART police officers said Noah, a homeless resident, might be hard to look at when we found him. They knew from his mother that he was in bad shape, probably needed to go to the hospital, and they were intent on finding him and making that happen.   “I’ve been out here about two and a half years and...

Tenderloin residents voice concern about drug dealing near schools and parks

Some 20 residents at Tenderloin Station’s community meeting last month wanted to know what the police planned to do about the drug dealing near schools. “Drug activity and drug transactions that are taking place without fear and without caution — it’s shocking,” said a man with white hair and glasses who identified himself as a new resident, but asked not...

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...