Supe seeks punishment for zoo intruders

Supervisor Sean Elsbernd wants to make sure anyone who breaks into an enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo is going to face some punishment.

On Tuesday, Elsbernd requested the city attorney review The City’s park code after a man who broke into a bear enclosure had charges against him dropped by a San Francisco Superior Court judge.

“Perhaps it surprised you as much as it surprised me,” Elsbernd said.

He explained that that the rationale behind the decision was that “he was not trespassing because he did not have an intent to stay for a long period of time, and that he did not have an intent to cause harm to the wild animal rather he had an intent to be harmed by the wild harm.”

Elsbernd said the legislative branch needs to step in there and “correct problems presented by the judicial branch.”

“I’m not looking to criminalize, but I think it’s very important that the city send the message animals stay in, people stay out,” Elsbernd said. “That Superior Court decision does not help us with that message.”

Bay Area NewsGovernment & PoliticsPoliticsUnder the Dome

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

Man suing SFPD alleging officers beat him with batons

Cop attorney fires back: police were ‘interrupting a dangerous domestic violence incident’

Supes to boost subpoena power in wake of City Hall corruption scandal

Peskin legislation would allow committee to compel testimony under oath

Drug overdose deaths surpass 300 in San Francisco

Three-year rise in fatalities ‘generally driven by fentanyl’

Preston finds support for District 5 navigation center at community meeting

Supervisor hopes to narrow down list of possible locations within months

Harvey Weinstein verdict: Jurors took women’s harrowing testimony to heart

To some legal experts, the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault trial came down… Continue reading

Most Read