Kenneth Harding, the 19-year-old killed by San Francisco police in a shootout Saturday, was a convicted pimp accused of having a 13-year-old girl perform oral sex on him and later demanding the teen make him “ho’ money” in Seattle, court documents show.
Harding, a Seattle resident, was fatally shot by two cops in the Bayview district after he fired at them, according to San Francisco police. Harding had been detained for evading a Muni fare about 4:45 p.m. on the Muni platform near Third Street and Oakdale Avenue.
The suspect tried to make a run for it, and opened fire “indiscriminately” in the crowded Mendell Plaza, firing off multiple shots as the cops chased him, police said.
Harding was also the “person of interest” in a fatal quadruple shooting last week in South Seattle that killed 19-year-old Tanaya Gilbert, along with her unborn child.
He had only been released from a year prison stay in April after a conviction for first-degree promoting prostitution, San Francisco police said. His rap sheet also includes a robbery conviction.
The teen victim called police saying Harding stranded her on a Seattle street after trying to force her to prostitute on “the track” near Seattle Center. The victim, who had turned 14 by then, refused, police said.
Harding commanded her to charge $50 for oral sex and $100 for full sex, and gave her several condoms to use, according to the victim’s account to police. She told Harding “no, that she is not a whore,” the police report said.
He told her “she was either going to make “ho' money" and get a ride back or he was going to leave her there,” the report said. Harding ended up stranding her on a strange street, it said.
Police arrested Harding on Jan. 7 of last year after the victim led cops to his home.
“She said that was where she had oral sex with him on Feb. 6, 2009, when he was under home detention for armed robbery,” the police report said.
Harding’s death in San Francisco on Saturday has sparked outrage in the Bayview community. Protestors say police officers did not need to shoot and kill Harding, with some believing he was unarmed.
Witnesses to the shooting told police they saw a man pick up the suspect’s gun and run off with two other men, Police Chief Greg Suhr said.
Informants led police to what is believed to be the suspect’s .45-caliber handgun, which is now being tested, Suhr said.
Community leaders held a news conference Monday near the sight of the shooting. They are demanding that the FBI investigate the incident. They also want San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón to have nothing to do with the case, since he is The City’s former police chief.
“I don’t care if this kid was like the chainsaw massacre poster child,” activist Mesha Irizarry said. “You don’t die like a rabid dog with nobody helping you.”
Protestors accuse cops of doing nothing while the injured Harding lay dying in front of numerous witnesses.
Police planned a news conference on the matter at 2 p.m.
Both officers, at least one of whom was black, have been placed on administrative leave during an investigation by the department’s internal affairs, the District Attorney’s Office, the Office of Citizen Complaints and the homicide detail.
Below is a video from the scene after San Francisco police shot Harding. Warning, it is graphic.