Gang melee disrupts football game

The first game of the season for a Bayview Pop Warner football league was disrupted today by a 30-person gang melee at Philip and Sala Burton High School.

Fighting broke out at 2 p.m. between juvenile gang members affiliated with the Oakdale, Baldwin, Harbor Road and West Mob gangs, most of whom had turned out to see younger family members compete, said Lt. Michael Connolly of the SFPD’s Bayview Station.

“The first fight started, and then tensions escalated and it went large-scale,” Connolly said.

Officers were stationed at the game — a few similar fights took place last season — but it took more than 30 police officers to dispel the tensions, Connolly said. No weapons were found, two youths were arrested for instigating the fight and released to their parents.

One person sustained injuries — a bump to the eye.

“[The person injured] had to be wrestled to the ground [by police], but he was fighting before, so we don’t know how he got his injury,” Connolly said.

Connolly called the incident “very disappointing” for players and their supporters.

“They work hard and put a lot of effort into it, and then it’s ruined by the crowd,” he said.

Bay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

City Administrator Naomi Kelly said Wednesday that the allegations against her husband were “based on the word of a liar.” (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
City Administrator Naomi Kelly takes leave after feds charge husband

High-ranking official under scrutiny over 2016 China trip

High school seniors Shayla and Kayla Bryant receive guidance from 100% College Prep around college admissions. (Courtesy photo)
High school seniors juggling college applications and distance learning

In a final year of high school spent largely online, seniors are… Continue reading

Lyft, owner of the Bay Wheels bikeshare program, stands to receive more than $300,000 in a legal settlement with The City. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Supervisors to weigh $330,000 settlement with Lyft over bikeshare dispute

If approved, deal would resolve an 18-month long legal battle over San Francisco’s e-bike market

The J Church train could begin running again later this month on at least part of its surface route. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
First Muni trains will return to service Dec. 19

Three additional bus routes coming back online in January

Stanford defensive end Thomas Booker recently was one of Pac-12’s Football Players of the Week. <ins>(Pac-12 Screenshot)</ins>
College Football Preview: Oregon at Cal, Stanford at Washington

Cal plays final home game, Stanford plays second of three road games to end regular season

Most Read