A Veteran Cop Talks Race and Policing in San Francisco in 2016

By Max Cherney | Vice.com May 23, 2016 The police killing of a 27-year-old black woman in San Francisco on Thursday may have been something of a tipping point for local law enforcement. Generating national headlines, the woman’s death while fleeing cops—she was suspected of driving a stolen car, which crashed shortly after police began […]

New S.F. police chief pledges to reform department amid scandals and shootings

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By Joseph Serna | Latimes.com May 20, 2016 A day after San Francisco’s mayor announced the departure of the city’s beleaguered police chief, the department’s new leader said Friday his top priority is instituting sweeping changes to the scandal-plagued organization. “Reforms, reforms, reforms,” interim SFPD Chief Toney Chaplin told reporters when asked where his focus […]

Video shows SF public defender arrested for defending client, TV station reports

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By Helen Freund, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune February 04, 2015 at 9:22 AM, updated February 04, 2015 at 10:20 AM After a veteran San Francisco public defender was arrested last week for intervening between a group of police officers and her client, her office has released video footage of the arrest, CBS-SF reported. In the […]

‘Shrimp Boy’ Makes Federal Court Appearance In Leland Yee Corruption Case


CBS / AP | March 28, 2014 SAN FRANCISCO — The federal public defender’s office says it cannot represent a key defendant in a criminal case that also includes corruption allegations against a California state senator because of potential conflicts of interest. Assistant Federal Public Defender Elizabeth Falk told a judge during a hearing in […]

Bay Area Gang Members Are Boasting About Homicides On Instagram


Andrew Dalton (SFist) | Feb 24, 2014 Law enforcement in Richmond, Calif. have found a new way to keep a tab on gang violence happening in their city: on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Like everyone else, it seems gang members like to boast about their successes on social media. Their moments of pride, sadly, just […]

Oscar Grant shooting death: Film delivers a vital message

Oscar Grant's mother says film about her son's shooting death by BART officer carries a vital message

By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times Reporting from Oakland June 28, 2013 Director Ryan Coogler, left, and actor Michael B. Jordan at the BART Fruitvale station. Both believe they could have easily been in Grant’s shoes. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times) After putting in a full day at UPS, Wanda Johnson rushed to change […]

Video shows 2 Chainz is robbed after falling to ground when fleeing

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Gunman robs 2 Chainz for about 11 seconds as his entourage fled according to video Streetgangs.com Staff Writer June 13, 2013 | 2:05 p.m. PST updated June 16, 2013 | 2:47 a.m. Video that TMZ acquired form a San Francisco building surveillance camera shows rapper Tauheed “2 Chainz” Epps, 35, and his small entourage flee […]

Calif. court says no to gang participation charge

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TERRY COLLINS (Associated Press) | December 28, 2012 SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court has ruled that a suspect can’t be convicted of felony gang participation if he committed the crime by himself. Thursday’s ruling in San Francisco affirmed a 3rd District Court of Appeal decision two years ago that reversed a Yuba County […]

Street gangs in San Francisco, California

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                            Street Gangs in San Francisco 11th Street – Tenderloin area – (Hispanic) 16th Street – (Hispanic) 21 Boyz – (Asian) 22nd Hogz – (Hispanic) All in All Out gang- (African-American) American Born Chinese – (Asian) Asian Crazys – (Asian) Bay Sho […]

S.F. police deny knowing gang leader whereabouts

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Vivian Ho (San Francisco Chronicle) | July 10, 2012 Authorities say they didn’t know where a suspected gang leader accused of the 2008 triple-slaying of a San Francisco father and his two sons had been hiding for the past four years, but evidence suggests that on several occasions he was within their reach. Wilfredo “Flaco” […]

Parents accused of killing daughter’s pimp in San Francisco


Lee Romney and Maria L. La Ganga in San Francisco (Los Angeles Times) | June 15, 2012 In a criminal complaint that has stunned friends and relatives, the San Francisco district attorney’s office claims a couple killed their 17-year-old daughter’s pimp, a Compton gang member. Barry Laprell Gilton and Lupe Mercado tried to persuade the […]

Rights group joins lawsuit over solitary CA cells

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PAUL ELIAS (Associated Press) | May 31, 2012 SAN FRANCISCO—Todd Ashker and Danny Troxell are among the 78 prisoners who have lived for more than 20 years in notorious solitary confinement cells at a California prison.Troxell painstakingly crafted a handwritten federal lawsuit on behalf of both convicted killers in December 2009, claiming their prolonged isolation […]