Posts Tagged ‘assault’

The Mean Streets of Ed Lee’s San Francisco – Viral Video Shows Pickpocket Victim Attacked – Good Samaritans Absent

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

This video shows what can happen if you try to use “self-help” to get your stuff back after you conclude you know who just pickpocketted you:

“Messed Up: Pickpocket Victim Gets Knocked Out Trying To Get His Wallet Back!”


This video has already been seen by hundreds of thousands of people. That amount is certainly more than the number of people who came to town to see the America’s Cup last year. I’ll tell you, those “gentlemen’s match races,” which cost us eight figures, were designed to burnish our image, nationally and internationally. But videos like these also affect our image, right? It could be that this one viral video, by itself, has erased any and all image burnishment gained by hosting AC34, right? What if SFGov exerted as much effort upon its core functions, you know, instead of having fun with Larry Ellison – what would that look like?

Self help [legal term] can work, sometimes. Good Samaritans can join in to overwhelm a team of pickpockets – that might happen. But what if you’re wrong about who took your stuff? What if you capture your “pickpocket” only to discover that s/he’s clean. Maybe your wallet was handed off to others in the team or maybe you were mistaken in the first place. Either way, you will have been putting effort into a fruitless endeavor. And the risk. The next step up would be an edged weapon, and then a firearm. OTOH, the chances of ever getting your stuff back are decreasing by the second. It’s tough to know what to do in this kind of situation.


Cold Busted: Do SFMTA Parking Control Officers Even Try to Follow the Law? Take a Look

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Leave us review California Vehicle Code Section 40202(a):

“The notice of parking violation shall also set forth … the last four digits of the vehicle identification number, if that number is readable through the windshield...”

Except some DPT meter maids are in the habit of not writing down the last four digits of the VIN. Check it:

Some SFMTA parking citation officers thought they found a loophole by simply entering “cannot read,” “covered,” or “unable to locate” in the VIN field space of a citation. 

03/07/12: Officer NW (Badge #206) wrote 66 citations of which he said he “cannot read” the VIN plate information on all 66 of them!  

02/01/12: Officer TA (Badge #12) wrote 27 citations of which he said he “cannot read” the VIN plate information on all 27 of them.”

So am I saying I believe the factual statements of some random petition over anything spun out by the SFMTA?

Yes, yes I am.

Now is this VIN requirement kind of a technicality, and is it kind of a pain to be looking for VINs when the PCOs need to make their quotas in order to pay for Ed Reiskin’s generous benefits package? Yes and yes.

But that’s the law. Perhaps the SFMTA should try to change the law if it’s so hard to obey.

Let’s hope that the SFMTA keeps a closer eye on its PCOs in the future…

Now let’s travel back to the past:

Via the excellent Uptown Almanac comes news of this anti-MUNI bumper sticker campaign:

Beej Weir with deets here and here.


As previously noted, harsh.

California Penal Code 241 — Assault, punishment. (“(b) When an assault is committed against the person of a parking control officer engaged in the performance of his or her duties, and the person committing the offense knows or reasonably should know that the victim is a parking control officer, the assault is punishable by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars ($2,000), or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding six months, or by both the fine and imprisonment.”

So much for “Good People, Tough Jobs.”

Well Sure, Malia Cohen and the Supes Just “Banned” Assault Weapons in SF, But They Also Banned Run-of-the-Mill Handguns

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The news of the day:

Banning assault rifles only scratches the surface.”

Fair enough, except:

1. There are reasons why federal, state, and local authorities haven’t already done the same thing.

Which is also fair enough, as I’m sure Malia Cohen et al are aware of all that. Except:

2. A handgun connected to a 10-round magazine isn’t an assault rifle (of course) and it’s not even an “assault weapon.”

And here’s a test. Would you, gentle reader, call the guns that most of the SFPD strap on every day assault weapons? I don’t think so. So like for instance, “the sergeant drew her assault weapon and pointed it at the suspect.” If you said something like that, I wouldn’t know what you were talking about. Most likely, you’d use the term pistol or handgun or revolver or something like that, right?

So that’s why calling an everyday, run-of-the-mill handgun an “assault weapon”   isn’t the right thing to do.

You’ve gone beyond George Lakoff-style “framing” all the way to Orwellian.

Just saying.

Uh, Did a Couple SFPD Officers Get Jumped by Street Kids on Haight Street Dec. 7? Emergency Surgery? Blurred Vision?

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Uh, isn’t this sort of big news?

So how come nobody’s talking about it, except for Camden Avery of Uppercasing, The Upper Haight  Blog?

“What happened, according to the SFPD’s Park Station statement, was that at shortly after 11 PM Friday night, two uniformed officers in a cruiser stopped in the street to investigate a man lying down in the road. When they approached, he jumped up and punched one of the officers in the head. According to a security guard at Whole Foods, who witnessed the incident, the assailant called for help from a group of street kids nearby.”

Read all about it.

A hippie SFPD cop with “Stealie” clip identifier on his “assault weapon*”

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*As defined by Senator DiFi. (Of course most people would call a run-of-the-mill, police-issue handgun and handgun, but not DiFi.)

Extra-Long Wait for 38 Geary at Divisadero Allows iPad Thief Enough Time to Hit On and Hit Area Woman – Thanks SFMTA!

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Saturday night crime in the DivCo:

“I obviously locked/alarmed/blahblah’d it, but am still feeling very upset about it. The ipad was a gift from my father and not something I could dream about affording on my own. AND, more frustratingly, the dude who took it had just hit on me like five minutes beforehand. I don’t know. I guess if anyone sees an ipad with a TARDIS background on craigslist, PM me? Whatever.”

“I was outbound, so I was right in front of the Honeybaked ham store. I honestly pretty rarely use my ipad in public, but it was the end of a very long day, the bus said it was going to take 30+ minutes, and the dude who robbed me had hit on like ten minutes prior to it happening (needless to say, I was charmed), so I didn’t really expect him to, you know. Punch me.”

Talk About the Passion (Cafe): Famous Dottie’s True Blue Cafe Heading South to Sixth Street Near Mid Market?

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Four-star Yelp-rated Dottie’s True Blue Cafe has lost its lease up in the Tenderloin Proper, so, per Paolo Lucchesi and via The Tender, it’s going to be heading south of Market to the Tenderloin Annex.

Looks as if Sixth Street / Mid Market / the corrupt Twitterloin will go from this:

Via Bluoz – click to expand

To this:

Via Barbie  

Come December…

Not everyone can carry the weight of the world 
Not everyone can carry the weight of the world 
Combien, combien, combien de temps? 

Justin Ryan Beck is Back! OccupySF = Hippie, Cop, Nervous Pup, Hipster, Black Power Salute, MUNI 1057 (Cincinnati, 1948)

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Famous San Francisco street photographer Justin Beck has bounced back from losing his camera on the mean Streets of San Francisco, looks like.  He’s got another Nikon to work with so that’s nice.

Check it, a canary yellow streetcar.

Is this an album cover? 

Via JRB – click to expand

Poor pooch. Daijoobu, daijobu. Gambate!

Cold Busted: SFPD Arrests Sexual Assault Suspect Just Two Weeks Before Statute of Limitations Bar

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Nine years and something months later, the SFPD makes an arrest:

11-103 Posted Date: 9/27/2011

The San Francisco Police Department’s Sex Crimes Detail Cold Case Unit made an arrest in a 10 year old sexual assault case. The incident occurred on November 6, 2001 in San Francisco, CA and the suspect was arrested on September 26, 2011 in San Jose, CA. The victim in this incident was offered a ride from the Mission District to her home. The three suspects then drove with the victim to Golden Gate Park and parked their car in an isolated dark area of the park were they sexually assaulted and robbed her. The victim was then ordered out of the suspect vehicle and had to flag down a passing motorist for assistance.

Due to the diligent work of the Sex Crimes Unit and Violence Reduction Team, in addition to the advent in today’s technology, the San Francisco Police Department was able to identify the suspect as Vinh Q. Chung, Vietnamese, Male, 10/26/1981. Chung was taken into custody at his home by members of the San Francisco Police Department’s Violent Reduction Team. He is currently being held at the County Jail in lieu of 5 million dollars bail.” 

How about that?

A Scuffle in the Twitterloin: Guardian Angels Attempt to Impose Sharia Law on Prostitutes in SoMA

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Let’s go on patrol with the San Francisco Guardian Angels near 7th Street just south of Market (aka the quieter part of our corrupt Twitterloin):

We ran into two women that were showing off their body parts so JD stopped the group and we went over there to check it out and see if there was anything we could do. But not too long later, Sparky got assaulted with some keys and we had to call the police at this point.”

Here’s the aftermath:

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Now, what gives the San Francisco Guardian Angels the right to impose their values, you know, regarding issues such as the appropriate amount of body-part-showing-off you should be doing, in San Francisco?

I don’t know.

*Can you imagine? Like, what if these GA’s started patrolling the Castro or red carpet walks in front of the Academy Awards?

Famous San Francisco Street Photographer Justin Ryan Beck Gets Camera Stolen From His Hands at Arguello and Balboa

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Do you know how much bad art we pay for? I mean, there’s lots and lots of (government-funded and government-mandated) bad art around town, let me tell you.

OTOH, popular photographer Justin Ryan Beck does his good art, his street photography, for free for one and all – isn’t that nice?

Or least it was nice, until yesterday, when the digital camera he was using got stolen out of his hands in the Richmond District at four-something PM in the afternoon:

I’m OK but was just robbed at the corner of Arguello and Balboa. Talked to cops. Time for a new camera I guess. :/” 

Here’s his last photo. It appears he’ll be on a break for a while.

Oh well.

How can we get a DSLR, preferably a new Nikon along with a wide anglish lens or two, back into the hands of JRB, you know, where it rightfully belongs?