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Tasers in SF: The view from North Beach and Russian Hill

Covering the Police is an effort to look more closely at how police work in the Mission and elsewhere in the city. It is a collaboration with U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.  On the foggy Wednesday morning after last week’s public hearing in which more than 100 residents made it clear that they largely oppose Tasers and distrust the police,...

Group robbed at gunpoint of cellphones, wallets, and tablets in SF Mission

Police report a group of four people in their 20s were robbed at gunpoint at 12:30 a.m. Friday on San Carlos and 20th streets. No injuries were reported, but the victims lost three cell phones, three wallets, two tablets, a purse and a key, according to police. Two men, believed to be in their 20s, approached the group of four,...

Mario Woods shooting informs Bayview’s consideration of Tasers

Covering the Police is an effort to look more closely at how police work in the Mission and elsewhere in the city. It is a collaboration with U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.  Residents from all over San Francisco made it very clear at a public hearing Tuesday night that they do not want the police to carry Tasers. But...

SF community members push back on Tasers

More than 100 people turned out for a community meeting on Tasers Tuesday night, first breaking into small groups of roughly 25 each, and then convening in a fiery public comment session that at one point erupted into activists chanting, “No Tasers!” and drowning out Police Commissioner Sonia E. Melara’s calls for order. The police commission has voted against the...

SFPD use-of-force training ’emphasizes’ de-escalation

The 911 call: a “transient” loitering in Golden Gate Park, where neighbors have been complaining about narcotics use and noise. I arrive with a baton, some pepper spray and a firearm. But mostly, I’m supposed to use my words. I do. “Sir, you can’t be loitering here,” I say. “I didn’t do anything — I live here,” he shouts. “I...

Guest stabbed in host’s residence, man robbed at bus stop in SF Mission

Police report a 44-year-old man was stabbed at 12:44 a.m. on Monday inside someone’s home. The incident occurred on 20th Street between South Van Ness Avenue and Capp Street, the home of the 50-year-old suspect. The victim had been staying there as a guest when the suspect attacked him for a reason unknown to police. The victim was transported to...

Police foot patrols to double in Bayview by November

This is part of an effort to Cover the Police — a collaboration with the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism to look at how the police operate in the Mission District and elsewhere in the city. Bayview Station Captain Raj Vaswani said at a Tuesday community meeting at the Bayview Station that he would double foot patrols in the...

SF Mission businesses look forward to more police foot patrols

Mission District business owners along 24th Street said the police chief’s decision to quadruple the number of foot patrols in the next week will be a welcome change — especially after what many say has been a multi-year absence of foot patrols. Even near the 16th Street BART plaza, where merchants have had more recent interaction with police, business owners...

SFPD foot patrols will quadruple in SF Mission

The San Francisco Police Department will nearly quadruple the number of foot patrols operating from Mission Police Station, which covers the Mission and Castro districts, starting Sept. 9, Chief William Scott announced today at a press conference.   The department would not release the number of foot patrols currently operating in the Mission, but did say that right now there...

Attempted Dolores Park bike robbery foiled by cops

Police arrested five people in Dolores Park yesterday for attempting to rob someone of their bike. The suspects, five people of unknown age, approached their victim in the park at 4:44 p.m., according to police. The bike owner took out a knife and slashed one of the would-be robbers on the arm. Details of the incident were sparse — no...

Police investigating Dolores Park shooting have different hunches, few solutions

San Francisco is sandwiched between two major earthquake faults. You can’t see them. But that doesn’t mean they’re not there. Some fault lines lie deep beneath the earth. But some are man-made; earlier this month, one of the latter variety ruptured in Dolores Park. A confrontation near the footbridge over the J-Church tracks at 19th St. culminated in a brazen,...

Column: Tasers, to arm or not to arm

The benefits of the electronic weapons have been over promised, their detriments have been underreported. What could go wrong?  In the year 2010, it was revealed that this city’s crime lab, far from being the sleek realm of 3-D holograms and technicians outfitted in white coats and four-inch heels you’d see on TV, was in fact infested with feral cats....

Q&A: D9 supervisor on bike-sharing and encampments

Mission Supervisor Hillary Ronen sat down with Mission Local to talk about issues relating to her district. This is a monthly series – this interview has been edited and shortened for print. ML: Calle 24 recently blocked GoBike and other bike share companies from operating in the cultural district/SUD. Do you see these companies as the gentrifiers?   Ronen: I...
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Robbery on Mission Street

At 2:00 p.m. on Monday police reported a robbery at 16th and Mission St. A 65 year-old man was counting money inside the store he works for when the suspect, a 20 year-old man, punched him, took the money and fled. The victim has no life-threatening injuries. Recent calls for service to police can be found on CrimeMapping. Crime is...

Woman stabbed after asking man for a ride in SF Mission

Police report a woman was stabbed Saturday morning at 22nd and Mission streets. The 26-year-old woman asked the man, estimated to be in his 20s, for a ride around 4:20 a.m. The man then demanded the woman’s property, before stabbing her in the stomach with a knife. The suspect then fled in his sedan, while the victim transported herself to...