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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Police Chief Greg Suhr Is Gone; Mayor Appoints Replacement

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2016 at 5:34 PM

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Hours after police shot and killed an apparently unarmed black woman in the Bayview, San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr handed his resignation to Mayor Ed Lee, the mayor announced Thursday afternoon at City Hall.

Suhr, a San Francisco native and a police officer for 36 years, had served as chief since 2011, completing a remarkable turnaround following several scandals that nearly wrecked his career.

But following several high-profile fatal shootings —  including the deaths of Mario Woods in December in the Bayview, and Luis Gongora in April in the Mission District — there was mounting calls from the public and from four members of the Board of Supervisors for Suhr to resign, despite his public embrace of (limited) police reform.

Lee met with Suhr on Thursday afternoon following the fatal shooting this morning — which was the last straw for the mayor.

"The progress we’ve made has been meaningful, but it hasn’t been fast enough. Not for me, not for Greg," said the mayor, who dismissed the hunger strike demanding Suhr's resignation as "political rhetoric" but pressed the need to "heal the City."

"That’s why I have asked Chief Suhr for his resignation."

The police department is now led by interim Chief Toney Chaplin, who is black. Chaplin served as a deputy chief, in charge of a new bureau tasked with overseeing police tactics and reform.

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Friday, April 1, 2016

BREAKING: FBI Raiding Home Connected to Man Beaten by Sheriff's Deputies

Posted By on Fri, Apr 1, 2016 at 6:28 PM

FBI agents are reportedly raiding a home in Visitacion Valley in San Francisco where Stanislov Petrov, the man beaten by Alameda County Sheriff's deputies late last year, is supposedly located, according to a television reporter.
It's not immediately clear what's behind the raid or why it's happening, but this wraps up a busy week for Petrov, so we'll go slow.

Petrov, recall, was the guy who led deputies on a high speed chase from the East Bay to San Francisco in November. After ditching his car and continuing on foot, deputies caught up to him in an alley, where a severe baton beating was captured by a nearby building's surveillance video. Deputies later were found to have lied about the encounter, and also failed to have their body cameras on during the encounter.

On Monday, Petrov's attorney alleged that the deputies bribed nearby homeless people who witnessed the encounter with drugs and a gold chain to keep quiet, KTVU reported. A civil suit is pending, and District Attorney George Gascon is considering whether to file charges.

Then, early this morning, a home on Teddy Street in Vis Valley "connected to Petrov" was the site of a nonfatal shooting, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Earlier this afternoon, Petrov happened to be present at the same home while reporters from the Chronicle and television news were on site — and then, just a few minutes ago, FBI agents raided the home, according to ABC 7.
Just what is going on? You tell us.


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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Jury: SF Cops Who Shot, Killed Alex Nieto Did Not Use Excessive Force

Posted By on Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 2:35 PM

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The San Francisco police officers who shot and killed Alejandro "Alex" Nieto at Bernal Hill Park in March 2014 did not use excessive force, a federal jury ruled Thursday.

Nieto, 28, a city native and a security guard at an area nightclub, was approached by a rookie police officer and his training sergeant responding to a 911 call reporting a man with a gun on March 21, 2014.

After a brief encounter, in which Nieto was told to put up his hands but pulled out a Taser, police opened fire. As many as 50 shots were fired, and Nieto was shot at least 15 times. 

The jury reached their verdict in a civil trial following a lawsuit brought by Nieto's family, who argued that his civil rights were violated via the use of unconstitutional excessive force. In federal civil cases, juries' verdicts must be unanimous. 

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Monday, February 29, 2016

VIDEO: Burning Bus Captures Attention of City, Twitter

Posted By on Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 5:16 PM


"Ninth and Howard" trended on local Twitter on Monday afternoon, courtesy of a bus that caught fire at the Chevron gas station at (you guessed it) Ninth and Howard streets.

The bus — more of a 25-person "van," really, operated by a firm called Transmetro, as the San Francisco Examiner helpfully points out — pulled into the gas station at about 2:30 p.m. after the driver noticed the engine overheating on what was certainly a balmy afternoon, according to witnesses. He saw smoke coming from the hood, and shortly after — fire. 

The blaze was extinguished at 3 p.m., but not before shutting down South of Market for over an hour. 

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Vallejo: Off-Duty Cop Fatally Shot By His Grandson's Father

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 11:44 AM

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An off-duty Richmond police officer was shot and killed in his Vallejo home by the father of his 6-year-old grandson, who is now in custody, according to reports.

Gus Vegas, 58, was asleep in his home in Vallejo's Glen Cove neighborhood early Thursday when he was awakened by an argument between his daughter and Robert Vega, the father of the 6-year-old, according to the Contra Costa Times.

Vegas, a 15-year veteran of the force, apparently tried to intervene but was shot "multiple times" by Vega, who then took the 6-year-old and fled, according to police. Vega has since been arrested.


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Monday, January 18, 2016

Protesters Block Bay Bridge for Almost an Hour; Traffic Moving Again

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2016 at 4:40 PM

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It's still a bit of a snarl at the Bay Bridge entering San Francisco at the moment, as protesters affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement succeeded in blocking all five lanes of westbound traffic for almost an hour. 

Protesters appear to have exited from cars, unfurled banners reading "Black Health Matters," and chained themselves across the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge just before 3:45 p.m., according to media and Twitter accounts on-scene.
At 4:15 p.m., the California Highway Patrol had begun to take protesters into custody, with at least 12 in handcuffs on the side of the bridge, according to ABC-7's live streaming feed.

Traffic has begun moving again as of 4:45 p.m., but in the meantime, cars were backed up as far away as Berkeley.

Hope you didn't have to be in the city this evening — or if you did, hope you took BART.


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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Black Lives Matter Protesters Briefly Shut Down US-101 Near SFO

Posted By on Wed, Dec 23, 2015 at 1:33 PM

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Protesters affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement are in police custody after briefly shutting down US-101 near San Francisco International Airport earlier today, according to reports.

On Twitter, protesters using the @BLMBAYAREA handle posted photos of women blocking 101 near SFO, with signs reading "Justice for Mario Woods." 

Authorities with the California Highway Patrol and the San Francisco Police Department have yet to confirm the incident, but protesters report that they are currently in custody at the San Francisco Hall of Justice at 850 Bryant Street — and are in need of bail money.


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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Witness Video Appears to Show Police Shooting in Bayview

Posted By on Wed, Dec 2, 2015 at 7:36 PM

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San Francisco Police officers shot and killed a man on 3rd Street in the Bayview around 5:00 p.m. today, the San Francisco Examiner reports

Examiner reporter Michael Barba is on the scene.  Witness video uploaded to Instagram appears to show the moments before the shooting. In the video, which appears to have been taken from inside a Muni train, a man appears to be walking slowly along the sidewalk, while five or more uniformed officers appear to point weapons at him.

A woman's voice can be heard shouting, "Just drop it." 

What sounds like a single gunshot is fired, followed by an approximately five second pause, and then a barrage of ten or more gunshots can be heard. 

The video is embedded below, but please be warned that it is graphic and may be disturbing. 

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

UPDATED: Active Shooter at St. Luke's Shot Dead by Police

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 4:49 PM

San Francisco police have "neutralized" a gunman at St. Luke's Hospital in the Mission District this evening, authorities said. The suspect, identified by police Chief Greg Suhr as an Hispanic male in his 20s, was shot dead by police, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

Police responded to reports of an "active shooter" at a construction site next to the hospital at Cesar Chavez and Valencia streets at about 4:30 p.m. this afternoon. Witnesses reported hearing loud noises — either gunshots or flashbangs — from the vicinity of the roof of the construction site, where a replacement hospital for the aging St. Luke's is being built.

About an hour later, a police spokesman reported that the suspect has been "neutralized" after shots were fired by police.

The man, whose name has not yet been released, apparently robbed a Big 5 store in San Bruno to acquire a shotgun and a pistol before climbing to the top of the St. Luke's construction site.

That's all we have for now. Our original post is below.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Berkeley Students Stage Walkout After Racist Message Discovered

Posted By on Thu, Nov 5, 2015 at 12:10 PM

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More than 700 students from Berkeley High School are protesting a racist message displayed on a computer in the school’s library.

As the Chronicle reports, yesterday afternoon school officials discovered a message on the computer referring to the KKK and threatening a “public lynching” on Dec. 9. According to a statement from the school’s Black Student Union, the message also included the phrases "'Fuck all the niggers in the world,' 'KKK forever public lynching December 9th 2015,' and 'I hung a n*gger by his neck in my backyard.'”
“This is a hate crime and messages such as this one will not stand in our community,” principal Sam Pasarow said in an email statement to the community. “I assure you that we are giving this investigation the utmost attention, as well as involving the Berkeley Police Department.”

Per the Chronicle, the message appeared to be a modified screenshot of the library webpage, not a hack.

The school’s Black Student Union deemed the message “terrorism” and urged the school to investigate seriously.

“In the past acts of terror committed against the Black student body have been ignored such as the racist statement written into last year’s yearbook and the noose that was found on campus. We will not allow this to be trivialized like these other horrific instances,” the union wrote.


 
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