Crime

San Francisco police are considering new restrictions on “no-knock” warrants. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Should SF police ban ‘no-knock’ warrants?

Police say unannounced entries are necessary to protect officers, public

 

Companies that handle San Francisco’s trash collection have agreed to pay a large fine in connection with fraud charges that are part of an ongoing corruption probe of the Public Works Department. <ins>(Mira Laing/ Examiner file photo)</ins>

Nuru scandal: Facing federal prosecution, Recology agrees to pay $36M

Subsidiaries must comply with terms of a three-year agreement

 

San Francisco is in the process of finalizing the state’s first ban on untraceable guns. <ins>(Courtesy SFPD)</ins>

SF moves forward with first California ‘ghost gun’ ban

Facing a spike in shootings, San Francisco is advancing the first ban…

 

Elizabeth Holmes, founder of the defunct blood testing company Theranos, is pictured in court in San Jose on Aug. 31; her trial is set to begin on Sept. 8. (Jim Wilson/New York Times)

In Silicon Valley, criminal prosecutors see no evil

Decline due to harder-to-prosecute cases, not less crime

  • Sep 7, 2021
Elizabeth Holmes, founder of the defunct blood testing company Theranos, is pictured in court in San Jose on Aug. 31; her trial is set to begin on Sept. 8. (Jim Wilson/New York Times)
A new guaranteed income pilot program is designed to curb violent crime by providing resources to people in gangs or groups that have been identified as the source of most of the shootings in The City. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to The Examiner)

A local solution for gun violence? Pay people $300 a month

‘We are trying to address the root causes of what’s happened’

A new guaranteed income pilot program is designed to curb violent crime by providing resources to people in gangs or groups that have been identified as the source of most of the shootings in The City. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to The Examiner)
Gabriela Lopez, San Francisco school board president, spoke at a meeting of the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club at Milk SF.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

SF school board members break silence as recalls ramp up

‘All of these recalls represent people who are coming in and changing things’

Gabriela Lopez, San Francisco school board president, spoke at a meeting of the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club at Milk SF.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin said an updated agreement ensures that independent investigators will be notified immediately and have access to evidence in cases involving police officers’ use of force. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner file )</ins>

SF DA Boudin reaches agreement with SFPD over police shootings

San Francisco prosecutors will continue to play a key role investigating police…

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin said an updated agreement ensures that independent investigators will be notified immediately and have access to evidence in cases involving police officers’ use of force. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner file )</ins>
District Attorney Chesa Boudin during a merchant walk along San Bruno Avenue in the Portola District. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

How Boudin recall supporters could lose the battle, but still win the war

Those who support recalling District Attorney Chesa Boudin might lose their first…

District Attorney Chesa Boudin during a merchant walk along San Bruno Avenue in the Portola District. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The sidewalk on Egbert Avenue in the Bayview recently was cluttered with car parts, tires and other junk. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>

New surveillance effort aims to crack down on illegal dumping

’We want to make sure we catch people who are trashing our streets’

The sidewalk on Egbert Avenue in the Bayview recently was cluttered with car parts, tires and other junk. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
A former inmate and a sheriff’s deputy are among the first four members chosen to serve on the newly created Sheriff’s Department Oversight Board. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Years after fight club scandal, Sheriff’s oversight board takes shape

‘We want to promote law enforcement best practices’

A former inmate and a sheriff’s deputy are among the first four members chosen to serve on the newly created Sheriff’s Department Oversight Board. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
District Attorney Chesa Boudin is prosecuting shoplifting crimes at a lower rate than his predecessors in San Francisco. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Data shows Chesa Boudin prosecutes fewer shoplifters than predecessor

‘We made an intentional decision to prioritize crimes involving violence, injury to human beings and use of weapons’

District Attorney Chesa Boudin is prosecuting shoplifting crimes at a lower rate than his predecessors in San Francisco. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco police officers have been working as security guards at drugstores and other retail outlets. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

High-profile drugstore thefts expose deep-seated issues in S.F.

‘The systemic inequality in our society is what’s fueling organized retail theft’

San Francisco police officers have been working as security guards at drugstores and other retail outlets. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Sean Moore with his parents in an undated image. (Courtesy photo)

Landmark SFPD shooting settlement: City proposes $3.25 million for family of man shot by police

‘The video allows the public to pull the curtain back on how these interactions actually go’

Sean Moore with his parents in an undated image. (Courtesy photo)
Walgreens stores in San Francisco have been a regular target for shoplifters. (Shutterstock)

San Francisco DA charges suspected Walgreens bandit in connection with a slew of shoplifting thefts

A man accused of being the brazen shoplifter caught on widely shared…

Walgreens stores in San Francisco have been a regular target for shoplifters. (Shutterstock)
San Francisco Police officers speak with people while responding to a call outside a market on Leavenworth Street in the Tenderloin on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

SFPD makes the case for more officers, citing Walgreens video

Most of us have seen the video. It shows a man filling…

San Francisco Police officers speak with people while responding to a call outside a market on Leavenworth Street in the Tenderloin on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Officer Joel Babbs, pictured at a protest outside the Hall of Justice in 2017, is representing himself in an unusually public police misconduct matter. <ins>(Courtesy Bay City News)</ins>

The strange and troubling story of Joel Babbs: What it tells us about the SFPD

The bizarre and troubling career of a whistle-blowing San Francisco police officer…

Officer Joel Babbs, pictured at a protest outside the Hall of Justice in 2017, is representing himself in an unusually public police misconduct matter. <ins>(Courtesy Bay City News)</ins>
Deputy public defender Chris Garcia outside the Hall of Justice on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

As pandemic wanes, SF public defender hopes clients will get ‘their day in court’

Like other attorneys in San Francisco, Deputy Public Defender Chris Garcia has…

Deputy public defender Chris Garcia outside the Hall of Justice on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
The Hall of Justice is less busy than usual on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 (Michael Barba/S.F. Examiner)

SF Hall of Justice stuck in the pandemic past

In my years covering crime as a reporter in San Francisco, I’ve…

The Hall of Justice is less busy than usual on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 (Michael Barba/S.F. Examiner)
A surveillance camera outside Macy’s at Union Square on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Is the tide turning against surveillance cameras in SF?

Crime-fighting camera networks are springing up in commercial areas all around San…

A surveillance camera outside Macy’s at Union Square on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
State Sen. David Roberti holds up an Uzi and 30-round ammunition clip in a photo that appeared in the March 27, 1994 edition of The Examiner.<ins> (AP file photo)</ins>

Q&A: The father of California’s assault weapons ban slams recent overturn by federal judge

While much has changed over the last four decades, much hasn’t. In…

State Sen. David Roberti holds up an Uzi and 30-round ammunition clip in a photo that appeared in the March 27, 1994 edition of The Examiner.<ins> (AP file photo)</ins>