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Thursday, June 28, 2012

San Francisco Police Round Up Fugitives, Discuss Recent Gun Violence

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 4:34 PM

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While the Giants swept the Dodgers on Wednesday, the San Francisco Police Department got out their brooms -- in the form of a citywide enforcement sting -- and swept suspected criminals from the streets of San Francisco.

Police Chief Greg Suhr said today that police scooped up 68 wanted suspects yesterday, and made 53 felony arrests and 15 misdemeanor arrests. Eighteen of those arrested were on active parole.

While he was at it, the chief talked about the city's homicide rate, noting that of the 38 murders this year, 10 have happened in the month of June alone.

Both Mayor Ed Lee and the chief are talking about how best to cope with this recent spike in gun violence, Suhr told reporters.

For starters, Suhr says he intends to continue these citywide sweeps with some minor tweaks, which he hopes will help slow the homicide rate. "There is a lot of fire power on the streets right now," Suhr said at a press conference today. "We're deploying our resources to the evening hours and weekends when we're noticing the lion's share of these crimes occurring."

In addition, Suhr says he wants to concentrate forces on the southern end of the city, "where most of these recent acts of violence have been taking place."

As of now, the SFPD makes all detentions based on reasonable suspicion and all arrests based on probable cause. While Suhr is content with the process, he is open to changing it.

"Everything is on the table for discussion," Suhr said. "Even if it may be controversial."

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