Some folks took the day off work Wednesday for the World Series victory parade, but San Francisco police officers did not have that option.
“Any officer requesting a vacation day was denied,” police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said Thursday. “All discretionary time off for yesterday was canceled.”
Police are crediting the increased patrols for a mostly peaceful parade that brought hundreds of thousands of fans into The City.
“We had officers all along the parade route and at Civic Center,” Shyy said.
Police Chief Greg Suhr said despite the crowd appearing larger than the 2010 title parade, there were just 13 arrests for public intoxication, three for felony robbery and five for battery. Another person was reportedly arrested for unlawful possession of a loaded firearm, he added.
Also, two men were wounded in an apparent gang-related shooting a few blocks from the Civic Center festivities.
The festivities were in stark contrast to the celebration that turned ugly after the Giants clinched their second title in three years Sunday night. The ensuing fights, vandalism and arsons citywide led to dozens of arrests. The smashing up and torching of a Muni bus at Third and Market streets continues to be investigated.
With the help of cellphone images taken during the mayhem, police were able to arrest 22-year-old Gregory Graniss, of San Francisco, on suspicion of damaging the bus. Graniss smashed the vehicle’s windshield with a metal police barricade, Suhr said, while two other men set it ablaze. Another man also apparently struck the windshield with the barricade.
“The Police Department is working closely with the Municipal Transportation Agency to solve this case,” Suhr said.
Police asked passengers who had been on the bus before it was attacked to contact Inspector Jeff Levin at (415) 920-2944.
City Attorney Dennis Herrera has vowed to sue those who vandalized public property.
Due to the destruction, Mayor Ed Lee and Suhr announced a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol and unruliness at Wednesday’s victory parade, calling it a “family event.”
And that’s what it turned out to be, Shyy said.