Tag Archives: George Gascon

George Gascón may be this city’s most progressive DA yet. Voters might still send him packing.

In 24 hours’ time, we’re going to have a new mayor. It’s going to be exciting. It’s going to be crowded. Perhaps 1,000 people are expected to show up at 11 a.m. on a working day and watch London Breed’s swearing-in. It’ll be outdoors. Bring a hat. Life is complicated. San Francisco is complicated. The mayor’s race was complicated. But...

SF police accountability activists silence panel on police accountability

A group of Mission District-based activists — freshly enraged by District Attorney George Gascón’s recent decision not to file charges against officers involved in two controversial police shootings — shut down a blue ribbon panel organized to talk about police accountability. The panel included the dean of UC Berkeley’s Law School, Erwin Chemerinsky, and Commander Peter Walsh from the SFPD. The scene...

Gascon declines to file charges against cops in shootings

San Francisco’s District Attorney will not be filing criminal charges against officers involved in two separate shootings that led to the deaths of Luis Gongora Pat and Mario Woods. D.A. Gascon said in a statement that “use of force could only be charged if we can prove it was unreasonable for the officer to be in fear for their life...

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...

Charges filed following SF Excelsior gambling den raid

A group of men and women who were arrested in connection with an illegal gambling den earlier this month have each been charged with a felony and two misdemeanor counts, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced Thursday. The defendants — Kenneth Gurriere, 56, Richard Mohler, 34, Malcolm Brian Vasquez, 49, and Marjorie Delacruz, 49 — have been charged with felony...

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...

DA Charges Tagger with 10 Counts of Felony Vandalism

The office of District Attorney George Gascón announced Monday it would be charging Andrew Yarbrough, a prolific tagger apprehended by Mission District police officers last week, with ten felony counts of vandalism as well as 19 misdemeanor counts of vandalism. Yarbrough, whose is allegedly the vandal behind the tag “Cryst,” has spray painted his work throughout the city—on MUNI shelters, businesses,...

Take That, Cell Phone Thieves! San Franciscans Are Locking You Out

San Franciscans are mad as hell, and we won’t take cell phone thefts anymore! Well, clarification: you can steal our phones via force (wielded a lot as of late in the Mission via gun and knife, or, in my case, a huge jelly donut gut that trapped me on Muni). But man, do we have the power of fox-like technological wit. We have...

Mission Community Courts Successful Enough to Be Replicated Citywide

Once a week in the Mission, a panel of community members sits at a desk and delivers sentences to “johns,” public urinators and graffiti generators. Punishments can range from a fine to an apology letter, but the real benefit is that these non-violent offenders aren’t clogging up the court system, which saves the city $900 for every case, according to...

Guns, Giant Value and Reduced Crime

To start with, Vic Wong of Mission Mission hits up the Giant Value 99 cents on Mission Street, acknowledging it’s potential for photographic awesomeness. I especially love how the peeling paint in the middle looks like two birds staring at one another. The year’s almost over and in terms of violent crime, things have greatly improved in the Mission, according...