Police plan heavy patrols in Mission this weekend

The Mission district will swarm with more officers than usual this weekend as The City continues its attempt to stem a recent rash of killings there, police said.

Seven people have been shot dead in the busy neighborhood since Aug. 22. Many of the killings were gang-related, police said.

On Saturday, residents can expect more uniformed and plainclothes officers on the streets along with units from the Police Department’s traffic and gang task force, Sgt. Neville Gittens said.

“Our efforts are focused on stemming the violence,” he said.

At a meeting with concerned residents Tuesday, police Chief Heather Fong called the killings “unacceptable” and said she would continue to amp up patrols in the neighborhood. Some residents described the added patrols as ineffectual and wasteful.

On Thursday, Mayor Gavin Newsom said in a statement that he backed the chief’s decision to increase officers “100 percent.”

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