Crime

Officer Joel Babbs at a protest outside the Hall of Justice in 2017 (Bay City News file photo)

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…

 

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…

 

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…

 

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>
Jeff Sears, right, owner of Blazing Saddles Bike Rental Shop, speaks with Jose and Miranda Moronta after their car was burglarized on Beach Street.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Jeff Sears, right, owner of Blazing Saddles Bike Rental Shop, speaks with Jose and Miranda Moronta after their car was burglarized on Beach Street.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Lateef Gray, head of the Independent Investigations Bureau for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, outside the DA’s Office headquarters on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Policing the police: Meet the man Chesa Boudin picked to investigate SFPD shootings

Lateef Gray never saw himself as a criminal prosecutor, having worked as…

Lateef Gray, head of the Independent Investigations Bureau for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, outside the DA’s Office headquarters on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Security video shows former Alameda County sheriff’s deputies Luis Santamaria and Paul Wieber hitting Stanislav Petrov with batons in the Mission in 2015.<ins></ins>

DA files new charges against former Alameda deputies in SF beating

Boudin also declines to prosecute officers in shootings of Amilcar Perez-Lopez, Antonio Estrada

Security video shows former Alameda County sheriff’s deputies Luis Santamaria and Paul Wieber hitting Stanislav Petrov with batons in the Mission in 2015.<ins></ins>
District Attorney Chesa Boudin gives a statement following the arraignment of Patrick Thompson, who is accused of stabbing two elderly Asian women on May 4 and did not attend the hearing, on Friday, May 7, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Chesa Boudin recall supporters are fighting. Will it hurt their movement?

Supporters of the push to recall District Attorney Chesa Boudin seem to…

District Attorney Chesa Boudin gives a statement following the arraignment of Patrick Thompson, who is accused of stabbing two elderly Asian women on May 4 and did not attend the hearing, on Friday, May 7, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
District Attorney Chesa Boudin seen on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
District Attorney Chesa Boudin, shown here in 2020, is under increasing scrutiny for his handling of gun crimes in San Francisco. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

S.F. gun violence surge puts criminal justice system in the spotlight

A recent surge in San Francisco gun violence has critics asking why…

District Attorney Chesa Boudin seen on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
District Attorney Chesa Boudin, shown here in 2020, is under increasing scrutiny for his handling of gun crimes in San Francisco. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Police Officer Nicholas M. Buckley in November 2014 (DPA records)

Federal judge: SF police officer’s testimony was ‘pure fiction’

A federal judge who strongly condemned the false testimony of a San…

San Francisco Police Officer Nicholas M. Buckley in November 2014 (DPA records)
A person holds a sign at a vigil for Roger Allen, who was killed by Daly City Police on April 7. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Daly City asks state to probe fatal police shooting

Daly City officials have asked California Attorney General Rob Bonta to launch…

A person holds a sign at a vigil for Roger Allen, who was killed by Daly City Police on April 7. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
District Attorney Chesa Boudin rallies with supporters at a campaign event on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

If you care about Black lives, you cannot support the effort to remove Chesa Boudin

By Cat Brooks Last summer, the murder of George Floyd ignited unprecedented…

District Attorney Chesa Boudin rallies with supporters at a campaign event on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Police investigate possible connection between deadly back-to-back shootings in Potrero Hill

Three homicides reported within 24 hours amid ‘tragic wave of gun violence’

(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera sought a series of injunctions in September 2020 that would have prohibited some people arrested on drug charges from returning to certain neighborhoods. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner file)

Judge denies city attorney’s request to bar alleged drug dealers from Tenderloin, SoMa

A San Francisco judge on Friday denied a request for a preliminary…

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera sought a series of injunctions in September 2020 that would have prohibited some people arrested on drug charges from returning to certain neighborhoods. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner file)
Lindsay McCollum and Eddie “Tennessee” Tate were killed in a shooting at a Mission District homeless camp in December 2016, and their killer or killers have never been found. (Courtesy photos)

$75k reward offered in 2016 fatal shooting of couple

Police in San Francisco on Friday announced a $75,000 reward in exchange…

Lindsay McCollum and Eddie “Tennessee” Tate were killed in a shooting at a Mission District homeless camp in December 2016, and their killer or killers have never been found. (Courtesy photos)
(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Three people killed in SF shootings in less than 24 hours

San Francisco police were scrambling Saturday to respond to a series of…

(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco police investigated the scene of a police shooting near Varney Place and Third Street on May 7. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SFPD shooting may prompt new body camera rules for plainclothes cops

Police chief says incident ‘should not have happened’

San Francisco police investigated the scene of a police shooting near Varney Place and Third Street on May 7. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott leaves the scene of an officer-involved shooting at Brannan Street and Jack London Alley in the South Park area on Friday, May 7, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Chief Scott issues rare apology to man shot by SF police

Officer says he ‘did not intend for his firearm to go off’

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott leaves the scene of an officer-involved shooting at Brannan Street and Jack London Alley in the South Park area on Friday, May 7, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Ashley and Michelle Monterrosa hold a photo of their brother Sean Monterrosa, who was killed by a Vallejo police officer early Tuesday morning, as they are comforted at a memorial rally at the 24th Street Mission BART plaza on Friday, June 5, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

State Department of Justice to investigate Sean Monterrosa shooting by Vallejo police

Attorney General Rob Bonta steps in after Solano County DA declines case

Ashley and Michelle Monterrosa hold a photo of their brother Sean Monterrosa, who was killed by a Vallejo police officer early Tuesday morning, as they are comforted at a memorial rally at the 24th Street Mission BART plaza on Friday, June 5, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)