Tag Archives: police

‘Their facts are wrong:’ SF police officer says charges against him are false

Covering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Undeterred by rain, more than a dozen activists gathered on the steps of the Hall of Justice Wednesday morning in support of San Francisco police officer Joel Babbs, who was scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial hearing. “I’m here to support a whistleblower who has called...

Police chief Bill Scott talks about his critics and his first 10 months in SF

In an interview with Mission Local this week, Police Chief Bill Scott talked about a range of issues, including the culture shift in the force he took over nearly a year ago, the need for more services to keep at-risk youth from falling deeper into the criminal justice system and new minimum requirements for community engagement. Formerly the deputy chief...

SF officer grew up in the Mission, now works with the homeless

Covering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Irvin Huerta had thoughts of becoming a police officer when he was younger. He wanted to give back to San Francisco, the city where he was born and raised. At first, he did other jobs, but when one of his best friends, Moises Frias Jr., was shot dead...

Officials discuss officer-involved shooting in the Castro with residents

Some 50 residents attended Wednesday night’s town hall meeting in the Castro to hear from the officers and officials investigating the Halloween night officer-involved shooting at 18th and Diamond streets. “What we want to accomplish today is transparency for this investigation,” said District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy. Officers lined the walls of the small room. At the head of the...

Dramatic scene unfolds as commissioner considers tie-breaking Taser vote

Covering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Robert Hirsch, one of the newest police commissioners and a mayoral appointee, was considered the swing vote in the decision whether to arm the San Francisco Police Department with Tasers. Hirsch, a lawyer who had long been a hearing officer in complaints against the police, had said earlier...

SF police officials greenlight Tasers after long and rowdy meeting

Covering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Months of heated debate over whether to arm San Francisco police with Tasers came to a raucous conclusion late Friday night as the city’s Police Commission voted 4-3 to approve the stun guns. The meeting’s adjournment near midnight was met with thunderous cries of “shame, shame, shame,” from...

SFPD makes case for Tasers ahead of Police Commission vote

San Francisco Police Department Commander Peter Walsh on Friday afternoon made one last case for the adoption of Tasers, just hours before the Police Commission was set to vote on whether to arm the SFPD with the stun guns. The commission’s vote will be the culmination of a tense dialogue between community members, activists and police that has taken place...

SF’s Dept. of Police Accountability remains without a permanent director

Covering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. The director’s chair at SFPD’s Department of Police Accountability was still spinning in June when 50-year-old Paul Henderson was seated as the organization’s interim director. He is the fourth person to hold the position this year. “I think we’re at a pivotal time with the DPA,” said Henderson,...

SF Human Rights director advises against Tasers – for now

All during the fall, the Human Rights Commission held community meetings with hundreds of San Francisco residents to hear from them on whether the San Francisco Police Commission should approve Tasers for the San Francisco Police Department. For Sheryl Davis, the executive director of the Human Rights Commission, what struck her from the meetings was the inescapable fear youth hold...

Cop and suspect in hospital after Halloween night shootout in SF (updated)

An exchange of gunfire broke out between at least one San Francisco police officer and a suspect in the Castro just after midnight Wednesday, police say. Little is known about the male suspect, but police say the officer is a 41-year-old man and a nine-year veteran of the force. Both were transported to the hospital with gunshot wounds. As of 5...

Cost of Tasers concerns some; who will pay remains a mystery

Covering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. As the San Francisco Police Commission considers arming the city’s 1,795 full-duty officers with Tasers, no one is clear on where the money will come from to pay for them. “There has been no discussion on funding,” said David Stevenson, director of strategic communications for the San Francisco...

Heavy gun belts are giving SFPD officers back problems

Covering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Atlas carried the weight of the world on his shoulders, and while San Francisco’s police officers don’t bear as much, they do carry a significant amount. Setting aside their bulletproof vests and boots, most officers carry between 20 to 30 pounds of weight on their gun belt —...

Ingleside police struggle to connect with youth in Visitacion Valley

The tweet went out. The time was posted on the Police Activities League website. But for the second Tuesday in a row, no officers showed up to play soccer with the kids of working-class Visitacion Valley. It was unclear if any of the children who filled the grassy field at the Herz Playground or gathered at the sandpits and slides...

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...

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...