Tag Archives: Mission Police Station

Man fighting for life after Wednesday night fight in the Mission

A thirty-something man may have been mortally wounded in a Wednesday night fist fight at Mission and 20th Streets. Per police reports, the fight occurred at about 9 p.m., and was between two men in their 30s. Witnesses told the San Francisco Police Department that one man punched the other in the head, knocking him unconscious. The suspect fled north...

Mission Station, others, still fail to send out newsletters to community

Many San Francisco residents receive regular communiques from their local police stations by way of an e-mail newsletter. In fact, if you live in the Ingleside, Richmond, Bayview or Park Districts, you get them once a week. Central District denizens get them biweekly, and Taraval District every month. Sorry Mission, Northern, Southern and Tenderloin District residents. Looks like you’re still...
Protesters on Valencia

Protesters block off Valencia in front of SF Mission police station

Some 100 protesters demanding justice for the victims of police shootings blocked off Valencia Street between 17th and 18th streets tonight in front of the Mission Police Station and demanded that the District Attorney press charges against the officers involved in shootings. To date, no SFPD officers have been charged in any San Francisco police shooting. “We’re always fighting against...

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...

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...

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 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...

New Mission Station captain charms his audience, but how long will the honeymoon last?

“For those of you that don’t know my name, I’m the guy with two last names,” said the new Mission Station captain in front of a small crowd at Bissap Baobab last Tuesday, displaying the comfort and rhythm of a stand-up comic.   The audience chuckled. Those two “last names” are Gaetano Caltagirone. “It’s an old-school name from Sicily,” he...

Police use of force down citywide; up in SF Mission

Despite a citywide reduction in police using force in the third quarter of this year, the Mission District accounted for the highest number of times officers used force — and has actually seen an uptick, according to use-of-force data released by the SFPD. In the third quarter of 2017, the police reported 622 uses of force citywide, down 32.1 percent...

‘Something to be learned here’ – a SF Mission District captain’s quick exit

Not all that long ago, a retired San Francisco cop noticed an uptick in the number of black-and-white police cruisers out of Mission Station rolling by on Jersey or Elizabeth Streets. Being a cop, and a retiree with time on his hands, he naturally made inquiries — and, naturally, gossiped about it to his fellow cops and retirees. What he...

SFPD settles with ex-cop after allegations of sexual harassment

A former Mission Station police officer who was allegedly sexually harassed by a fellow officer at the station will receive $350,000 in a settlement approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Linda Chen, who is now retired from the police department, alleged in a lawsuit against the SFPD that, in 2013, Officer Avery Parker physically and sexually harassed her...

New SF Mission police captain holding community meeting Thursday

If you have questions or concerns for new Mission Station Capt. Gaetano Caltagirone — or would just like to meet him — don’t miss the community meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Mission Station (630 Valencia St.). Capt. Caltagirone assumed the post on Saturday after Capt. Bill Griffin was reassigned to a Special Operations Unit focused on terrorist incidents and catastrophic...