Tag Archives: SFPD

San Francisco police reveal videos of officer shooting fleeing man

“These videos do not look good,” Supervisor Aaron Peskin tells police Within the darkened hall of American Legion Cathay Post No. 384, police on Thursday night unveiled video footage from the city’s most recent officer-involved shooting, a chaotic June 9 affair. A crowd of around 50 gazed at the cream-colored screen that replayed the moments leading up to the shooting....

SF police accountability activists silence panel on police accountability

A group of Mission District-based activists — freshly enraged by District Attorney George Gascón’s recent decision not to file charges against officers involved in two controversial police shootings — shut down a blue ribbon panel organized to talk about police accountability. The panel included the dean of UC Berkeley’s Law School, Erwin Chemerinsky, and Commander Peter Walsh from the SFPD. The scene...

No charges filed against men arrested following fatal Mission District shooting

The two men arrested on Sunday in connection with a fatal shooting in the Mission District were promptly released early this week, pending a law enforcement investigation. Robert Salvador, 22, was released Monday, and 28-year-old Sandie Harden was released Tuesday, said Nancy Crowley, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department. Both men had been arrested in connection with the...

Police discover another alleged gambling den in SF’s Excelsior

A swarm of police officers stumbled onto an alleged illegal gambling den in the Excelsior on Sunday morning while responding to a call of a “fight involving a gun,” according to police. Police found no fights nor guns when they arrived at 5088 Mission St., near Geneva, at about 7:15 a.m., but they did discover four gambling machines, according to...

Chief Bill Scott and the police union are both bleeding from self-inflicted wounds

The union may find itself relegated to a political bit player. The chief may find himself out of a job. And the SFPD may continue to run on autopilot. The Sixth and Bryant headquarters of the San Francisco Police Officers Association is well-lit and airy, with high ceilings and parquet floors. It is every bit as sleek and elegant as...

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...

Justice served? SF Textgate cops to be disciplined — finally

The officers embroiled in a scandal involving text messages that referred to blacks as “savages” and gays as “fags” managed to remain on paid leave and almost escape discipline, but a Wednesday ruling sends them back to court and could end in the firings that the former chief of police ordered in the spring of 2015. An appeals judge on...

Gascon declines to file charges against cops in shootings

San Francisco’s District Attorney will not be filing criminal charges against officers involved in two separate shootings that led to the deaths of Luis Gongora Pat and Mario Woods. D.A. Gascon said in a statement that “use of force could only be charged if we can prove it was unreasonable for the officer to be in fear for their life...

Pit bulls in Dolores Park bite dog and humans

Four humans and a Lhasa Apso named Bloom were injured by a couple of off-leash pit bulls at Dolores Park this past Sunday, police report. The injuries, including those of the Lhasa Apso, were non-life-threatening. As police tell it, two pit bulls — one brown and one grey — were in an off-leash dog run at the park when the...

S.F. Cop who claimed anti-Muslim racism was accused of being “CIA Agent Impersonator” by Napa Police

The Afghani-born San Francisco police officer who last month claimed to be the victim of anti-Muslim racism and harassment is the same man who, in 2013, was deemed a “CIA Agent Impersonator” by the Napa Police Department, Mission Local has confirmed. The man “met a female on a dating website,” begins the bulletin. “He used the name Danny Costello. …...
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...

Julius Turman’s departure leaves the Police Commission dark — indefinitely

Update: As of Friday, approvals for mayoral nominees Sonia Melara and Joe Marshall have been scheduled for Tuesday’s Rules Committee hearing.  Petra DeJesus described Julius Turman as refreshingly “blunt.” Thomas Mazzucco described him as “honest,” and compared his integrity to that of Robert Mueller, III. Bob Hirsch said his “bedside manner can be very rough,” but his “heart and mind are admirable.”...

The Hot Seat: Is Chief Bill Scott reforming the SFPD?

And with a position open in LA, will he stay long enough to find out? At a town hall meeting called to address a recent Mission District police shooting, Police Chief Bill Scott sat in the gym of Cesar Chavez Elementary, facing a crowd of more than 200 outraged community members. Another young man of color had been slain at...

Family of slain immigrant hold 24-hour vigil, demand action at Hall of Justice

With a medley of instruments, the family and friends of Luis Gongora Pat celebrated what would have been his 48th birthday in front the Hall of Justice in a vigil with candles and cake. But two years after police shot and killed Gongora Pat, his family and friends aren’t any closer to getting any answers from the SFPD or investigators....
Multiple robberies and a stabbing kept police busy

Elderly man robbed and three others stabbed in separate assaults

Three stabbing incidents and one robbery on Monday sent victims to local hospitals for their injuries, according to the police. Police were called on Monday at 3:15 p.m. to investigate an incident at 26th and Mission streets in which two women, ages 51 and 56, were reported to be arguing in public. The argument turned physical as one woman attacked...