Black Lives Matter

New Democratic County Central Committee member Joel Engardio takes his seat for his first night on the committee. JOE FITZGERALD RODRIGUEZ/SF EXAMINER

San Francisco’s democratic party shoots down Obama police reform, now leans conservative

San Francisco’s “moderate” democrats often tout some version of this unofficial motto:…

New Democratic County Central Committee member Joel Engardio takes his seat for his first night on the committee. JOE FITZGERALD RODRIGUEZ/SF EXAMINER
Margaret Hilaire bows her head in prayer during a demonstration calling for the firing and indictment of Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia in Katy, Texas. Sandra Bland was found dead in her cell  in the Waller County Jail, just days after being arrested by Encinia during a traffic stop. Authorities determined through an autopsy that Bland hanged herself with a plastic bag. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Texas prosecutor names committee to review Sandra Bland case

HEMPSTEAD, Texas — A committee of outside attorneys will assist the Texas…

Margaret Hilaire bows her head in prayer during a demonstration calling for the firing and indictment of Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia in Katy, Texas. Sandra Bland was found dead in her cell  in the Waller County Jail, just days after being arrested by Encinia during a traffic stop. Authorities determined through an autopsy that Bland hanged herself with a plastic bag. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)
Maile Hampton, center carrying sign, leads a group in a march as they protest the death of Freddie Gray. (Hector Amezcua/The Sacramento Bee via AP)

California law decried after black woman’s ‘lynching’ arrest

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When Sacramento police arrested black activist Maile Hampton…

Maile Hampton, center carrying sign, leads a group in a march as they protest the death of Freddie Gray. (Hector Amezcua/The Sacramento Bee via AP)
ACT UP protesters shout on the floor of the Moscone Center on June 25, 1990 to disrupt the keynote speech of then-U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis Sullivan at the 6th International AIDS Conference. AP Photo/Bill Beattie

AIDS protesters of 1990s see parallels with modern black civil rights struggles

Peaceful resistance. Police clashes. Accusations of riots. A struggle for civil rights.…

ACT UP protesters shout on the floor of the Moscone Center on June 25, 1990 to disrupt the keynote speech of then-U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis Sullivan at the 6th International AIDS Conference. AP Photo/Bill Beattie
Alicia Garza, right, joins others during the Black Friday 14 protest that shut down BART service on Nov. 28 during the shopping bonanza that follows Thanksgiving every year. Courtesy Julia Carrie Wong

Meet Alicia Garza, Pride’s community grand marshal who helped coin ‘Black Lives Matter’

At the center of the tensions among police and black communities nationwide…

Alicia Garza, right, joins others during the Black Friday 14 protest that shut down BART service on Nov. 28 during the shopping bonanza that follows Thanksgiving every year. Courtesy Julia Carrie Wong
For every white adult convicted of a crime in San Francisco, there were more than 10 black adults and nearly two Latino adults convicted. SOURCE: SFGOV.ORG

New report exposes racial disparities in SF criminal justice system

Statewide, the gap between the arrest rates of blacks and whites is…

For every white adult convicted of a crime in San Francisco, there were more than 10 black adults and nearly two Latino adults convicted. SOURCE: SFGOV.ORG
The SFPD officers's wearing of body cameras would mean that "private person" would not have the expecation of privacy, when encountering law enforcement. MIKE KOOZMIN/S.F. EXAMINER

Police body cameras may be an eye on cops, but public could lose privacy

The body cameras for San Francisco’s police officers may be on the…

The SFPD officers's wearing of body cameras would mean that "private person" would not have the expecation of privacy, when encountering law enforcement. MIKE KOOZMIN/S.F. EXAMINER
Sheriff Mirkarimi is shown here with an example of a body camera. Mike Koozmin/The S.F. Examiner

SF mayor won’t fund body cameras in scandal-ridden county jail

Less than four months after an investigation revealed jail guards allegedly pitted…

Sheriff Mirkarimi is shown here with an example of a body camera. Mike Koozmin/The S.F. Examiner
Cindy Chew/S.F. Examiner file photoUnderperforming public schools are often the product of limited resources and inadequate funding.

Nato Green: Handy primer for white people on riots about racist police

Every news editor in America now has a madlib ready on his…

Cindy Chew/S.F. Examiner file photoUnderperforming public schools are often the product of limited resources and inadequate funding.
Mike Koozmin/SF ExaminerProtesters shut down San Francisco's City Hall

Black Lives Matter protesters take over SF City Hall

City Hall was bombarded with hundreds of protesters Tuesday afternoon denouncing racism…

Mike Koozmin/SF ExaminerProtesters shut down San Francisco's City Hall

Six protesters arrested on Bay Bridge

Six police brutality protesters were arrested on the western span of the…

Jonah Owen Lamb/S.F. Examiner file photoIan Furminger speaks to reporters after his sentencing on corruption charges in February.

1,000 cases to be reviewed as bigoted text message probe expands

An estimated 1,000 criminal cases are being reviewed for bias after the…

Jonah Owen Lamb/S.F. Examiner file photoIan Furminger speaks to reporters after his sentencing on corruption charges in February.
Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.F. ExaminerSupervisors Malia Cohen

Police union strong-arms Board of Supervisors over controversial resolution on police brutality protests

In early December, as demonstrations against police brutality blocked freeways in the…

Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.F. ExaminerSupervisors Malia Cohen
AP Photo/Noah BergerMembers of the Black Lives Matter movement are going to confront BART's Board of Directors on Thursday about the Black Friday 14.

Protesters plan to confront BART board over Black Friday 14 restitution

The controversy over the price tag for free speech on BART property…

AP Photo/Noah BergerMembers of the Black Lives Matter movement are going to confront BART's Board of Directors on Thursday about the Black Friday 14.

Oakland protestors wake up Mayor Schaaf before dawn for MLK Day

East Bay activists staged an early morning demonstration at the home of…

Ben Margot/AP File PhotoA BART customer satisfaction survey found that 74 percent of riders were satisfied with services

BART warns planned protest on Friday could disrupt service

BART is warning riders that a protest planned at the Montgomery Street…

Ben Margot/AP File PhotoA BART customer satisfaction survey found that 74 percent of riders were satisfied with services
Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez/S.F. ExaminerProtesters at the doors of a train that stopped at Montgomery station while the station was closed Friday morning.
Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez/S.F. ExaminerProtesters at the doors of a train that stopped at Montgomery station while the station was closed Friday morning.
Craig Ruttle/ap file photo

Nato Green: Seeking ‘dialogue’ about police protests

Three Bay Area police union presidents issued a public letter last month…

Craig Ruttle/ap file photo
Noah Berger/AP PhotoProtesters block Interstate 580 in Oakland

Bay Area police unions call for respect and constructive dialogue around policing and race

In an open letter to the Bay Area, three of the region's…

Noah Berger/AP PhotoProtesters block Interstate 580 in Oakland
Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP File PhotoSan Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Justin Smith (94) smiles during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Santa Clara

Protesters on Castro and Market streets gather in support of Black Lives Matter

Protesters converged around the intersection of Castro and Market streets Wednesday morning…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP File PhotoSan Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Justin Smith (94) smiles during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Santa Clara