A judge has imposed strict sanctions against two Tenderloin markets that police and city officials had accused of maintaining “safe havens” for drug dealers and traffickers in stolen goods.Judge Harold Kahn earlier this month ordered Razan Deli at 391 Ellis St. closed for a year and imposed an $80,000 fine. City Attorney Dennis Herrera said the closure would provide “a measure of relief” for local residents. Read More
Police Chief Greg Suhr said Tuesday he wants the mayor to veto legislation that would open up to public scrutiny the department’s working relationship with the FBI’s counterterrorism unit.Suhr said the bill, passed Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors, would jeopardize the Police Department’s presence “in the room” of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, which provides valuable crime-fighting information.“We do not support it,” Suhr said. Read More
A catastrophic earthquake strikes the Bay Area, and Oakland’s emergency responders can’t communicate with their San Francisco peers. Firefighters are called to a burning apartment building, but can’t see flames approaching across the complex. A child or Alzheimer’s sufferer is missing, but police in other cities lack a photo. Read More
The BART police officer who fatally shot a knife-wielding homeless man at the Civic Center station last summer “acted lawfully in self-defense,” the District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.In a seven-page report to police Chief Greg Suhr, District Attorney George Gascón wrote that “there appears no reasonable factual or legal basis upon which to charge” Officer James Crowell for the fatal shooting of 45-year-old Charles Hill on July 3. Read More
Two Tenderloin markets openly help drug dealers ply their trade and resell stolen goods, city officials alleged Monday in civil lawsuits intended to shut the operations. Read More
San Francisco police officers could not call one another on cellphones and were barely able to send text messages while patrolling the 49ers’ two recent playoff games at Candlestick Park, police Chief Greg Suhr said.
The communication breakdown during the NFC Championship Game shows just how challenging it could be for first responders to communicate with one another if there was a catastrophic event such as a major earthquake. Read More
Are San Francisco police unfairly snooping on local citizens in cooperation with federal authorities investigating terrorism? Read More
In recent years, the Police Department’s poor record on solving homicide cases was a municipal embarrassment, as was The City’s relatively high violent crime rate.But the announcement this week that the homicide total in 2011 remained steady, and that violent crime was down 6 percent, shows that some strategies are working. Read More
Citing continued “historic lows” in San Francisco crime last year, Mayor Ed Lee and police Chief Greg Suhr said Tuesday that focused anti-crime efforts and community engagement had contributed to a 6 percent drop in violent crimes.
Police credited a new task force-style response to violent crimes implemented after Suhr took office in April. Read More
The man shot and killed by San Francisco cops last week was a two-strike offender with multiple felony convictions who “refused” to go back to prison, according to police. Steven Michael Young was stopped by officers from the Northern Police Station about 1:25 p.m. Wednesday at Larkin and Bush streets for a vehicle registration investigation, police Chief Greg Suhr said Monday during a community meeting. Read More