Tag Archives: SFPD

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...

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...

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...

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...

Passenger shoots another driver’s car in SF Mission road rage incident

A man shot at a car, four people were robbed and two were knocked out over the Thanksgiving holiday, according to a crime recap from San Francisco Police. Shots Fired Road rage escalated to a shooting early Friday morning on 18th and Guerrero streets. Just before 2 a.m., the passenger of a vehicle driving near 18th and Guerrero streets leaned...

Suspicious package prompts office evacuation in SF Mission

A cardboard box left in the vicinity of 17th and Alabama streets Monday morning prompted emergency responders to evacuate around 200 people from an office building in the Mission District, but police determined it wasn’t a threat. Police responded around 8:45 a.m. Monday morning to a call about a suspicious package, said Mission Station Captain Gaetano Caltagirone. Some 10 officers...

Commanders removed from San Francisco police union, per Chief Bill Scott’s request

Covering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Next July, the San Francisco police union will lose sixteen of its most powerful members: commanders. Commanders are appointed by the police chief and considered executive-level managers, according to the SFPD. Beginning July 1, when the union’s contract expires, the commanders will join the Management Executive Association, which...

Police use of force down citywide; up in SF Mission

Despite a citywide reduction in police using force in the third quarter of this year, the Mission District accounted for the highest number of times officers used force — and has actually seen an uptick, according to use-of-force data released by the SFPD. In the third quarter of 2017, the police reported 622 uses of force citywide, down 32.1 percent...

‘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...