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Friday, March 11, 2011

Cops Accused of Joining Mobs Telling Man to Jump From Union Square Building; Mother Sues SFPD

Posted By on Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 9:30 AM

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It's been a bad two weeks for the San Francisco Police Department. First the Public Defender releases footage of an alleged illegal drug bust; then the FBI launches and investigation. Now a  San Francisco mother is suing the SFPD, claiming officers joined in the chants of "bloodthirsty" mobs telling her son to jump to his death from a downtown building last year.

Kathy Yount filed her claim this week against the San Francisco Police Department, saying the plainclothes cops are partly to blame for the suicide of her son, Dylan Yount.

On Feb. 16, 2010, Dylan Yount walked onto the ledge of Forever 21, a store in downtown that overlooked Union Square. Crowds started to gather, resembling a "17th century mob," screaming and laughing at Yount, and telling him to jump.

Yount claims her son stood on the ledge for over an hour with no attempts by police to intervene; instead they joined in the chants, according to her claim filed in San Francisco courts.

"Under information and belief, upon landing, decedent was not medically treated, nor was his body covered," the lawsuit states.

She is suing San Francisco and the SFPD seeking $25 million in damages.

Hat Tip: Court House News

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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