A plan to close Golden Gate and McLaren parks at night has stalled with the new mayoral administration even as more late-night violence broke out last weekend. Read More
Three suicide car bombers struck Shiite pilgrims south of Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 51 people and wounding more than 180 in a third straight day of attacks across Iraq.
The string of assaults, reminiscent of the bloodiest days of the Iraq war, shattered a two-month lull and presented a major challenge to the new government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who must soon decide whether to ask U.S. forces to stay after the end of the year. Read More
WHAT: Troops loyal to Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo — who has refused to leave office despite losing the Nov. 28 election — opened fire on an opposition neighborhood for the second time in two days, only hours after supporters of Alassane Ouattara took to the streets in protest. Read More
WHAT: An off-duty Egyptian police officer boarded a train in southern Egypt and opened fire on five Christians, killing a 71-year-old man and wounding four women — including the man’s wife — who were not wearing Muslim headscarfs.WHY: Egypt has seen a rising tide of violence against its Christian minority, most recently a New Year’s suicide attack on a church that killed at least 21 worshippers leaving Mass. This sparked three days of fierce riots by Christians. Read More
Metal detectors, security cameras and an added police presence at nightclubs are being proposed in the wake of recent shootings in San Francisco.
Last month, shootings at and around nightclubs, including the slaying of a German tourist near Union Square, prompted Mayor Gavin Newsom to direct the Police Department to devise a club-security report. Read More
A recent rash of violence and vandalism in Golden Gate Park has city officials considering shutting down parks overnight and allowing cops to jail chronic trespassers.
Generally, city parks are closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. However, visitors can be in Golden Gate Park at any hour, it’s just against the law to sleep there, police said. Read More
By now just about everyone has seen video coverage of the mindless violence and destruction that took place in Toronto, Canada, last week during the G8 and G20 Summits. Read More
Police Chief George Gascón announced Tuesday that his department will set up two “drop-in centers” in areas where Chinese residents have felt victimized by violence, a move intended to draw out a community known not to trust police and to frequently not report crimes. Read More
In light of recent attacks against elderly Asians, community leaders are calling on politicians to respond to the concerns about violence and race. Read More