Tag Archives: police

SF Mission District homicides down slightly in 2017

Homicides in the Mission District were down in 2017, with eight murders reported by the end of the year, compared to 10 homicides in 2016. In 2017, 56 homicides occurred citywide, compared to a total of 58 in 2016. The first homicide of 2017 took place on New Year’s Day, but 2018 did not see its first killing until last...

Will SFPD’s plan to quell auto break-ins work?  

The city officials tasked with taking on San Francisco’s auto break-in epidemic must, at times, feel a bit like they’re trying to piece together Humpty Dumpty. That job, you’ll recall, eluded all the king’s horses and all the king’s men. In retrospect, tasking horses with fixing this mess probably wasn’t a grand idea. But when things grow dire enough, any...

SF Police Commission addresses “issues” in SFPD body camera policy

The Police Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday for changes to the body camera policy in response to “misinterpretations,” in the words of Commission President Julius Turman.   Likewise, Police Chief Bill Scott said: “There have been some issues that have arisen that we felt needed clarification.” Turman declined to comment on what those “misinterpretations” were. However, the three main revisions...

After new officer shoots and kills suspect, SF Bayview police captain wonders if his station will remain a training station

To the small group of Bayview residents who braved Monday’s rain to come to the district police station, Capt. Steven Ford said he was “absolutely shocked that there hasn’t been more of an outcry and concern about” the police killing of Keita O’Neil, 42. Officer Christopher Samayoa shot and killed 42-year-old O’Neil on Dec. 1. O’Neil was unarmed and Samayoa...

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...

Netflix’s ‘Black Mirror’ shows Alameda sheriffs brutally beating a man in Mission District alley

Anyone who has flipped on the new season of “Black Mirror” — a popular, and very dark, sci-fi series on Netflix — may have noticed perhaps the darkest moment of Episode Two: a real-life clip of two Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies brutally beating a man in a Mission District alley in November 2015. The video footage, which captured the beating, shows...

Road to SFPD reform cautiously, sometimes haltingly, engages community

San Francisco’s attempt to incorporate community input into the police reform effort could be viewed as delusional (police would never take advice from civilians) to foolhardy (the two would never get along). Nevertheless, that is what the SFPD and civilian stakeholders have attempted to do as they work through the Justice Department’s 272 recommendations to make the SFPD better. Nearly...

Sgt. Herb Lee, SFPD’s first Chinese American officer, is remembered fondly after his death

It was a family trip to Chinatown that Ricky Lee would never forget. The family was packed into the car, driving through Chinatown when his dad spotted Frankie. “Hi,” Lee’s father said from the car window. Frankie split, and his father, Herbert “Herb” Lee, put the car in reverse, chased Frankie through Chinatown and then ditched the car to pursue...

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...

Mother of unarmed man fatally shot by SF officer sues city

The mother of the unarmed man who was fatally shot by a rookie San Francisco police officer earlier this month is suing the officer and the city of San Francisco for what they allege was an unlawful killing.   Civil rights attorney John Burris, who is representing Keita O’Neil’s mother, announced the lawsuit Tuesday at a press conference at Cornerstone...

Suspicious package shuts down 16th and Mission, proves not hazardous

Police have determined a suspicious package at 16th and Mission streets to be non-hazardous, according to Sgt. Jesse Oropeza. Sometime before 10 a.m., police responded to a call about a possible pipe bomb in the vicinity of the plaza. BART spokesperson Cheryl Stalter said police asked BART to shut the station down as they investigated. The investigation also prompted the rerouting...

SF homeless advocates recommend residents call 311, not 911 on homeless

Homeless advocates last Wednesday asked the San Francisco Police Commission to reduce SFPD’s role in responding to homelessness. The commission seemed receptive to the recommendations, indicating that they’d assist in seeing most of them fulfilled. But no formal vote was taken. Moreover, it quickly became clear that police are often on the front lines of the homeless issue because they...

These UCSF medical residents don’t want guns or Tasers in hospitals

A crowd of some 60 UCSF medical residents, students and faculty laid their bodies down in front of San Francisco General Hospital Monday evening during a “die-in” demonstration that challenged the role of law enforcement in hospital settings. They wore their white coats, held electric candles and carried signs that read “Imagine Nonviolent De-escalation,” “Hospitalization ≠ Criminalization,” and “Sheriff Out...

At SF Bayview town hall meeting, anger erupts as police show footage of an unarmed man (update)

Updated, Monday, December 11: The SFPD identified the officer involved in the Dec. 1 shooting as Officer Christopher Samayoa.  He has been assigned to the Field Operations Bureau. Police have not found evidence that the 42-year-old man shot and killed by a San Francisco Police Department officer last Friday was armed, Capt. Valerie Matthews of the SFPD Major Crimes Unit...

Back to the Future: New SF Mission Station captain’s crime strategies

It’s hard to be more San Francisco Italian than young Gaetano Caltagirone and his partner, Matt Fambrini, walking the foot beat in North Beach. Caltagirone, now the nascent captain at Mission Station smiles at the memory. “It was so nice walking that beat, you know?” says the 50-year-old Sacred Heart grad. “Growing up in the area and being Italian and...