Tag Archives: SFPD

‘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...

Dispute over parking space leads to knife fight in SF Mission

A dispute over a parking spot turned into a knife fight on 24th and Alabama streets at around 8 p.m. Saturday. At least two men were transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The incident unfolded when a 27-year-old man got into an argument over a parking spot with eight men believed to be in their 30s. The men then...

On the road to Sacramento, former hunger strikers encounter hostility, solidarity

At 67, great-grandmother Christina Gutierrez is far from giving up on racial justice. Last year, she participated in a 17-day hunger strike with the Frisco Five, protesting the shooting of men of color by San Francisco Police officers and calling for the resignation of then Police Chief Greg Suhr. Pressure built, and after the next fatal police shooting, Suhr resigned....

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...

Guns, ammo stolen from San Mateo Sheriff’s deputy’s car in Tenderloin

While sheriff deputies gathered inside City Hall Friday night for a rowdy and lengthy Police Commission meeting that ended in the seven members approving a new weapon — Tasers — for the SFPD, a thief outside stole from an open and unmarked squad car. The SFPD described the car — parked on Jones Street in the Tenderloin, only four blocks from...

Hayward man charged in SF Castro Halloween shootout

A man who police suspect of wounding an officer in a shootout in the Castro on Halloween night has been charged with attempted murder and other crimes, police say. Sesar Valadez, a 32-year-old Hayward resident, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number,...

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,...

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...

‘Something to be learned here’ – a SF Mission District captain’s quick exit

Not all that long ago, a retired San Francisco cop noticed an uptick in the number of black-and-white police cruisers out of Mission Station rolling by on Jersey or Elizabeth Streets. Being a cop, and a retiree with time on his hands, he naturally made inquiries — and, naturally, gossiped about it to his fellow cops and retirees. What he...

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...