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News, Chem Tales The Last Narc: The SFPD's Most-Notorious Drug Cowboy Rides Off Into the Sunset

The Last Narc: The SFPD's Most-Notorious Drug Cowboy Rides Off Into the Sunset

If you were seeking a tasteof old-school police work in San Francisco, you might try something like this: A young man at Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park sits on a blanket, smoking marijuana. A stranger approaches him and asks…
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News, Chem Tales Naming Names: Who Stands to Benefit from Outing Informants in a Dirty Cop Case?

Naming Names: Who Stands to Benefit from Outing Informants in a Dirty Cop Case?

Daisy Bram and Jayme Walsh were in trouble. So the streetwise couple did what most would do: They went to the police for help. Now, they're in worse trouble. Bram and Walsh — alleged former heroin users and, now, former…
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News, Chem Tales Profiles in Boredom: Pot-Based Crimes are Generally Not Very Crimey

Profiles in Boredom: Pot-Based Crimes are Generally Not Very Crimey

Cops Investigate Weed Brownie The boys at the San Francisco Police Department crime lab had a tough cookie to deal with last year: a medical marijuana-infused edible that came complete with something a little extra, according to a citizen complaint.…
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News, Sucka Free City Shifting City Values: Year-End Crime Statistics Are the Inkblot Tests of the Culture

Shifting City Values: Year-End Crime Statistics Are the Inkblot Tests of the Culture

Police Chief Greg Suhr's agenda for last month's "All Hands On" meeting with his department's upper echelon states the SFPD's goals for 2014 are to reduce both violent and property crime by 5 percent. It's hard to argue with that,…
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News, The Snatch

The Snatch: Because it's quick and easy.

Fine Playing The giving spirit hasn't exactly touched San Francisco's mid-Market beat cops, who handed Larry "Bucket Man" Hunt a $460 ticket a few weeks ago while he was banging a drum kit outside the Old Navy on Market and…
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News, Feature All Tomorrow's Crimes: The Future of Policing Looks a Lot Like Good Branding

All Tomorrow's Crimes: The Future of Policing Looks a Lot Like Good Branding

The day before Halloween in 2012, Donnie Fowler, a lobbyist from a little-known tech start-up called PredPol, e-mailed a confidential login and password to the San Francisco Police Department's chief information officer, Susan Merritt. The password allowed Merritt to log…
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News, The Right to Remain Special: The City's Other Police Force Struggles Against Extinction

The Right to Remain Special: The City's Other Police Force Struggles Against Extinction

About a month before her death in May of 2010, Jane Warner was visited by a uniformed police officer armed with a sheaf of legal papers. They were formal misconduct charges against Warner for alleged misdeeds she'd committed while serving…
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SF Weekly Letters July 3-9, 2013

Telling Unheard Stories Natural born citizens should take note: These stories are inspirational and touching . Natural born citizens take so much for granted. The…
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News, Sucka Free City Pipe Down: When Your Burglar Leaves His Drug Paraphernalia Behind

Pipe Down: When Your Burglar Leaves His Drug Paraphernalia Behind

On a recent morning, Brian Brophy walked out of his Franklin Street apartment to find the car his girlfriend had been kind enough to loan him was tagged with a parking ticket. This is a sub-optimal way to start the…
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News, No Exit: San Francisco Police Have Ensured That Hugues de la Plaza Will Dwell Eternally in Bureaucratic Limbo

No Exit: San Francisco Police Have Ensured That Hugues de la Plaza Will Dwell Eternally in Bureaucratic Limbo

On the whole, the San Francisco Police aren't an ironic bunch. Even when they're obfuscating, they manage to do it in a straightforward way. But, as the sixth anniversary of Hugues de la Plaza's gory demise comes and goes this…
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News, Sucka Free City

Down and Dirty: Activists Occupy Hayes Valley Farm to Keep Developers Out

With a gender-neutral identification here and a tree platform there, a group of Occupiers has moved into the tract of land formerly known as Hayes Valley Farm and renamed it Gezi Gardens, in solidarity with recent Turkish protests. The farm…
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News, Feature Cover of Darkness: S.F. Police Turned a Blind Eye to Some of the City's Most Dangerous Criminals — Who Were Also Some of Their Most Trusted Sources

Cover of Darkness: S.F. Police Turned a Blind Eye to Some of the City's Most Dangerous Criminals — Who Were Also Some of Their Most Trusted Sources

Photo illustration by Audrey Fukuman On March 24, 2011, a veteran San Francisco Police Department officer sat down at an undisclosed location in the city with a 40-year-old career criminal named Jorge Luis Sandoval. Sandoval wasn't under arrest, even…
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News, Sucka Free City Unpredictable: A Fortune-Teller Encounters S.F Bureaucracy

Unpredictable: A Fortune-Teller Encounters S.F Bureaucracy

Who is Mary Amil? To Marsha Garland, former executive director of the North Beach Chamber of Commerce, she is a veteran fortune teller who has operated her Columbus Avenue business since the 1980s. To Aaron Peskin, former supervisor for that…
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SF Weekly Letters

Wide Spectrum Appreciated Rethinking the definition of autism: In my opinion this is an excellent article that captures a wide range of perspectives, in a constructive effort, that many people in the full autism community will be able to identify…
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News, Sucka Free City

Tow Jam: When the City Makes a Victim Pay For the Crime

One misty August morning, Matthew Couzens woke up to find his blue 1994 Honda Accord missing from where he parked it along Hampshire Street between 18th and Mariposa streets. It had been gone for about 24 hours when a parking…
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News, Sucka Free City Good Stranger: DoD Records Citizens' Encounters with SFPD

Good Stranger: DoD Records Citizens' Encounters with SFPD

Planning on chugging down icy brews in Dolores Park this weekend? Recent crackdowns by the San Francisco Police Department have made Sunday beer-sipping a little more difficult, with penalties ranging from being forced to water the lawn with your precious…
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News, Sucka Free City S.F. Pit Bulls: Protecting Yourself and the Controversial Breed

S.F. Pit Bulls: Protecting Yourself and the Controversial Breed

When angered, pit bulls are powerful and relentless. And even when not angered, they boast impressively strong jaws that you probably don't want clamped down on you. But we humans boast the gift of guile. And, over the years, our…
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News, The Snitch Elderly Couple Can Sue SFPD, Federal Agents Over Missing $200,000

Elderly Couple Can Sue SFPD, Federal Agents Over Missing $200,000

A judge this week ruled that an elderly couple could sue the San Francisco Police Department and other federal agents over what the couple claims was an illegal raid on their San Francisco home. According to court documents, Malaquias and…
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San Francisco Cops Release "It Gets Better" Video for LGBT Youth

Following in the footsteps of the San Francisco Giants, the SFPD became the first police department across the nation to release its own "It Gets Better" video, in hopes to help put an end to LGBT bullying. The 8:28 video…
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News, The Snitch Boss Accused of Abusing Employee -- Literally -- Over Termination Letter

Boss Accused of Abusing Employee -- Literally -- Over Termination Letter

Now this is what you call an abusive manager. Police say a man was arrested earlier this week on suspicion of hitting one of his employees in the face after he fired her.  According to police reports, the man asked…
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