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Alex Nieto Supporters Celebrate Memorial Victory

A group of some 40 community members, activists, friends and family of police shooting victim Alex Nieto on Tuesday gathered around a makeshift memorial on a slope leading up Bernal Hill – a tarp strewn over a pile of rocks. A photo of Nieto smiling was imprinted on the tarp.   That memorial will soon be replaced with a bench marking...
Oscar Salinas speaks at rally in April 2016.

Mission Activists Want Action from New Police Chief

Activists who have been pushing for police reform from the Mission District said Tuesday they are waiting for the newly appointed police chief William Scott to prove himself. Scott, a 25-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, spearheaded reform efforts in the LAPD, according to the Chronicle.  That, however, was not enough to win over local activists just yet...
Benjamin Bac Sierra, friend of Alex Nieto and spokesperson for his family since his death, speaking at the rally on Tuesday. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

SF Officer Involved in Shooting Could Face Discipline for Facebook Comment

Traduccion en español aquí. A city investigation has found that a San Francisco police officer involved in the fatal shooting of Alex Nieto made inappropriate comments on social media in reference to the deceased and may face disciplinary action. The Office of Citizens Complaints found that Roger Morse, one of the police officers who shot and killed Nieto in 2014,...
John Visor (left) and Jose Gongora Pat, the younger brother of Luis Gongora Pat,    stand in front of a memorial honoring the slain man on September 7. Photo by Laura Waxmann

City Attorney Says Cops Shot Homeless Man in Self Defense

The San Francisco City Attorney’s office said on Thursday that two San Francisco police officers lawfully killed Luis Gongora Pat, a Guatemalan immigrant, when they confronted him earlier this year in the Shotwell Street homeless encampment where he lived. The statement from City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s office came in response to Gongora Pat’s family who filed a lawsuit two months ago naming...
Supporters applaud Elvira and Refugio Nieto at a meeting to discuss a memorial for their son. Photo by Laura Wenus

Plans for Nieto Memorial Near Board Hearing

Traduccion en español aquí. As an ordinance requiring a memorial to police shooting victim Alex Nieto makes its way through the legislative process, some 100 residents who support it met Monday night to discuss what the monument should look like. Supervisors John Avalos and David Campos have put forward legislation instructing the Recreation and Parks Department to install a memorial...
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Attorney for Man Shot by Police in SF Mission Holds Press Conference in Mexico

Activists and a lawyer representing police shooting victim Luis Góngora Pat joined his wife and children at a press conference in Mexico Thursday morning to emphasize the trans-national significance of the shooting. Officers responding to a call about a man swinging a knife arrived on Shotwell Street near 19th Street on April 7 of this year and confronted Góngora Pat,...
Protesters hold a mock trial of the "officers" involved in Alex Nieto's shooting. Photo by Dan Hirsch

More Complaints Arise About SF Cop Involved in Two Fatal Shootings

A police officer involved in the fatal shooting of a mentally ill man at Stern Grove in October was also one of the officers who pulled the trigger on Alex Nieto in 2014, according to police. After police released this information last week, organizers who work with at-risk youth came forward and told Mission Local that they had raised concerns of...
The family of Luis Gonogra Pat, shot by SFPD officers in April, has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city, announced their attorney, Adante Pointer (left). Photo by Laura Waxmann

Family of Man Shot by Police Files Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit

The family of the 45-year-old Mayan homeless man shot by police near a Mission District tent encampment on April 7 filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and the two officers involved on Friday. The lawsuit was filed on the six-month anniversary of Luis Gongora Pat’s death and comes on the heels of an autopsy report released last week....
Acting San Francisco Police Chief Toney Chaplin fields questions about police reform at Board of Supervisors hearing on October 4. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Supes Grill Acting Chief on Police Reform Recommendations

San Francisco supervisors challenged Acting Police Chief Toney Chaplin on his commitment to reform at a Tuesday hearing at the Board of Supervisors.   Supervisors asked pointed questions about everything from Chaplin’s ability to push back against the influential police union to working towards changing department culture. “We are getting all this talk about things happening and implementation, but I...
Police officers walked alongside the demonstrators.

All Mission Station Officers Now Wearing Body Cameras

As of today, all patrolling officers at the Mission District’s police station will be outfitted with body cameras. Mission Station has received 150 to 160 cameras, according to San Francisco Police Department spokesperson Carlos Manfredi.   A total of 112 patrol officers, 23 sergeants and five lieutenants are now mandated to wear the cameras strapped to their chests during most...
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Mission High Football Players Kneel With Kaepernick

Mission High School football head coach Greg Hill was looking toward the American flag when, out of the corner of his eye, he caught a glimpse of his varsity football team. The players had dropped to one knee as the announcer at Redwood High School’s stadium directed the crowd to stand and face the flag as the national anthem sounded....
John Visor (left) and Jose Gongora Pat, the younger brother of Luis Gongora Pat,    stand in front of a memorial honoring the slain man on September 7. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Months After Police Shooting, Community Members Press for Justice

Family and advocates seeking criminal penalties for the officers who shot Luis Gongora Pat – a 45-year-old homeless man living in the Mission District – gathered at the site of his shooting Wednesday morning to mark the five-month anniversary of his death. “I miss him very much, and I wish that he was still here,” said John Visor, a homeless...
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Trained in De-Escalation, Police Recruits Walk Mission

The San Francisco Police Department’s newest recruit class of 46 — 38 men and eight women — walked through the Mission District on Thursday to meet those they would be policing and serving. “Fuck the police!” yelled one woman at the 16th Street Bart Station as the large group crossed 16th Street.   “It’s understandable for black Americans to be...
Protesters cross the intersection of 18th and Mission streets chanting for justice in recent police shootings. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Mission Activists Ask State Attorney General to Take Over Police Shooting Case

Some 60 people marched through the Mission District Friday night and called for the state attorney general to take over the investigation into the two police officers who fatally shot Mission resident Amilcar Perez Lopez. The rally marked the 18-month anniversary of the 21-year-old Guatemalan immigrant’s death. Protesters said they are tired of awaiting results in an ongoing investigation into the...
Community members gathered at Mission High School to weigh in on the appointment of the city's next police chief. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Activists Call Search For New Police Chief “Farce”

Activists at a police meeting on Thursday that sought input from Mission District residents on the appointment of the next San Francisco police chief said they were being strung along by police commissioners who were not looking for community involvement. “This is a dog and pony show,” said David Carlos Salaverry, a member of the newly formed group San Franciscans...