After a controversial and failed effort to acquire Tasers for the Police Department last year, and two officer-involved shootings that a former police chief said may have been prevented by the “less lethal” devices, the department is still no closer to obtaining them.
But whereas there once wasn’t the political will to arm San Francisco cops with Tasers, the major obstacle now is budget cutbacks. Read More
An 18-year-old man is expected to be arraigned today on suspicion of attempted murder after allegedly firing a gun into a Bayview district police officer’s car last month as the cop was leaving work.According to prosecutors, Officer Christopher Dunne was leaving Bayview Police Station in his personal vehicle at about midnight on Aug. 24 when he felt two gunshots hit the back of the vehicle. Dunne, who was off duty at the time, was not injured. Read More
All things must come to an end — including BART protests.The seventh consecutive planned demonstration called by the online hacker group Anonymous officially fizzled Monday when only three protesters came to the UN Plaza and Civic Center station.Barbara Bettenburg, 61, of San Francisco was one of the three. She held a sign that read, “Stand down BART police.” Another protester left after 15 minutes.Bettenburg said police brutality is worthy of outrage. Read More
The City’s police chief defended the actions of an officer who accidentally shot two bystanders Saturday night on Broadway in North Beach.The out-of-towners were hit by a stray bullet a cop fired toward an alleged drug dealer who had pointed a gun at the officers while fleeing. Read More
While politics have raged over a deal Mayor Ed Lee reached with police and firefighters unions, the agreement was approved Tuesday without a peep from members of the Board of Supervisors. Read More
WHAT: A dawn raid by 200 British police freed 24 slave laborers being kept in dog kennels, horseboxes and filthy trailers at a mobile home camp in a crowded London suburb. Read More
Protesters attempting to demonstrate in BART’s free-speech areas Thursday evening were quickly thwarted as transit agency police officers surrounded and detained about 30 people within the Powell Street station.
Click on the photo at right to see a slideshow of the protest or scroll down to see a video of BART's news conference. Read More
On Sept. 11, we will honor the police and firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty. First responders were at the “tip of the spear” 10 years ago.Though they could not possibly have been prepared for this “new kind of war,” they performed their duties bravely and selflessly. We will remember their example in public ceremonies and private reflection around the country. Read More
Recent protests have cost BART at least $300,000, and with another event planned for today, the agency’s board president said fines should be increased for activists who disrupt transit service to discourage such action. Read More
All over America, police have been arresting people for taking video or making sound recordings of them, even though such arrests are pretty clearly illegal. Usually, the charges are dropped once the case becomes public, and that’s the end of it.
But sometimes things go further, and in two recent cases, they’ve gone far enough to bite back at the police and prosecutors involved. We need more such biting. Read More