Man who allegedly threatened SFPD chief on social media booked into jail

A man who allegedly posted a threat on social media against the San Francisco Police Department’s acting police chief has been booked into County Jail after being hospitalized, officials said Wednesday.

Donald Hoganson, 60, was taken into custody Tuesday, but not booked into County Jail until Wednesday morning, according to the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department.

Hoganson was booked on felony suspicion of resisting an executive officer with a felony hate crime enhancement. While he has yet to face a magistrate for his arraignment, his bail has been set at $90,000.

Police began investigating after a tweet posted Saturday called for beheading Chief Toney Chaplin, who is black, and included a photo of the chief beside a guillotine.

Police spokesperson Carlos Manfredi said Hoganson was taken into custody after a judge approved a search warrant of the man’s San Francisco home.

Hoganson was not booked until Wednesday because he was in the hospital for unknown reasons.

A Twitter account that appears to belong to Hoganson is filled with photographs of swastikas and messages about white supremacy.

This is not the first time a sitting chief has been threatened. Former Chief Greg Suhr, who resigned from his post in May, received threats after the killing of Mario Woods by police, and a patrol car was assigned to Suhr’s house.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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