Posts Tagged ‘police’

The SFPD on Patrol Behind the Church Street Safeway

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

You don’t usually see the SFPD here:

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The Official Lowrider Police Cars of Oakland, CA – This 1991 OPD Crown Victoria Looks Like Nothing You’d Expect

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Per Angelfire(!) website COPA Lowrider

Patrol Car 1130 – 1991 Crown Victoria. In 1994, a patrol police car was converted into the first Lowrider Police Car in the nation. This program was created to develop better relations and to bridge the gap between youths, citizens of Oakland and the Oakland Police Department. It is also a new approach to educate the youths and citizens regarding the safety and responsibility as a car owner and driver.”

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“This fully-equipped Oakland Police squad car, which belonged to slain officer Mike Soto, was transformed with at least $10,000 worth of a low-rider renovations, as part of a unique community outreach program.

Fully loaded ~ Customized Paint ~ 10 Switches* Hydraulic System ~ 6 Batteries ~ Complete Sound System with 4×10 Speakers ~ Dayton Wire Wheels”

The More You Know…

* Cf. Dr Dre: “…bodies bein’ found on Greenleaf with their fuckin heads cut off, motherfucker i’m Dre/ so listen to the play-by-play, day-by-day rollin’ in my ’4 with 16 switches…”

Word on the Street: NO TRESPASSING (MPC SECT. 25), NO LOITERING, NO PANHANDLING, NO DRINKING, NO NOTHING

Friday, December 13th, 2013

On it goes, in what people from the East Bay call San Francisco’s “Uptown Tenderloin”

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How NOT to Lock Your Bike on Market Street, Even If You Can’t Find a Bike Rack or Parking Meter in Sight – An SFPD Sting?

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Of course there’s no room for a bike rack or two on this stretch of Market Street betwixt the big old Apple store of Union Square and the Powell Street cable car turnaround, but there’s plenty of room for useless, “aesthetic,” newspaper racks that sort-of-former Mayor Willie Brown put in to punish the local press back when he was a youthful lad in his 70′s.

Of course these days you’ve gotta have wheel locks, a headset lock and a seat tube lock and a decent U-lock on even a weekend MTB, right? Right.

Now of course that’s pretty much worthless when you hitch your horse to the handle of a newspaper rack door, but I figured I’d only be gone two minutes or so, thusly: 

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Of course when I came back two minutes later, an area bike thief was scoping out things, trying to see which tool in his collection would best remove the two spring hinges holding on the rack door. I approached  while rattling my keys loudly, as a kind of bear bell to not startle the local wildlife and he’s all, “Man I wasn’t trying to take the bike.” Then he followed up by saying that  he “could have had that door off in two minutes.”

Oh well.

Of course people are incorrect when they say SFPD enforcement actions on cyclists blowing through stop signs in the Wiggle area are “stings” because there’s no element of deception. But how about a different kind of police sting, one that has a bike worth stealing locked up to some fragile thing? ‘Cause the stings I’ve seen done by the SFPD involve parking a bike unlocked near the entrance of a Safeway and the people who steal those bikes might think that it’s, you know, it’s finders keepers. If I were on a jury, I’d prefer to see evidence of something being broken or picked before I voted guilty.

Of course, I’m only just saying.

Uh, What’s This – A Mini-Documentary About the SFPD Called “Cops Put Gang Members to Work” in the Mission?

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

[UPDATE: The video has gone private, sorry. It used to be here.]

Yes, yes it is.

As reported earlier this year by Tim Redmond and Mike Aldax

John Cathey and David Sands are plainclothes anti-gang SFPD officers in the Mission District. This is their story in seven minutes:

“Check out the latest from The I Files- a story about two cops in San Francisco who are taking an unorthodox approach to curbing gang violence.”

The Most Joyous SFPD Park Station Routine Stop Imaginable

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

I’ve never tried this strategy when dealing with the fuzz.

(And I seriously doubt it could work  for me.)

But who knows what happened in the end:

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And speaking of Golden Gate Park Park Station,you know what’s not so funny was the 1970 San Francisco Police Department Park Station bombing possibly involving The Weather Underground, possibly involving  Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn,

That’s not so funny at all.

  1.  Jump up to:a b c d Zamora, Jim Herron, “Plaque honors slain police officer: Eight others injured in bomb attack that killed sergeant in 1970″The San Francisco Chronicle, February 17, 2007
  2. Jump up^ “Police sergeant dies of wounds”UPI. 1970-02-19. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  3. Jump up^ http://www.sfpoa.org/journal/journals/20070201.pdf
  4. Jump up^ KRON 4, “30-Y.O. Unsolved SF Murders Reopen”, November 10, 2003
  5. Jump up^ “1970 Cold Case to Be Explored at San Francisco News Conference on April 23″Reuters. April 23, 2009.
  6. Jump up^ “Police union targets ’60s radical”The Examiner. 2009-03-12. Retrieved 2009-03-14.
  7. Jump up^ “CHARGES IN KILLING OF S.F. OFFICER”San Francisco Chronicle. 2007-01-24. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  8. Jump up^ Demian Bulwa, (2009-03-12). “S.F. police union accuses Ayers in 1970 bombing”. San Francisco Chronicle.

The Face of Bicycle Theft in Civic Center – What Happens When You Show the SFPD an Open-Air Chop Shop

Friday, October 25th, 2013

[UPDATE: SFPD Anti Bike Theft @SFPDBikeTheft reminds us all that a Tweet in their direction can be helpful when you see scenes such as this.

"Crimes In Progress Call 911. Report a Chop Shop call (415) 553-0123. Anti Bike Theft Information From the SFPD"]

Here it is, from Bob Bobster:

“I spotted this charming couple at work across the street from the Civic Auditorium today at about 4:30pm. at the corner of Hayes and Larkin. They had quite an assortment of tires, bike frames, and parts on display. A woman who works nearby came out of the building, and when she saw me watching told me she had already called the cops. What was their response, I asked? Well, the cops said they’d send somebody over, but unless you can prove the stuff is stolen it’s hard to do much. I went to the library and came out 10 minutes later – nothing had changed. No cops in sight. I walked around the corner to Market and saw three motorcycle cops ticketing drivers. I told one of the cops about this and he said he would call it in to the homeless squad (I’m paraphrasing here).”

 

Thx for the report, Bobster!

On It Goes…

After CCSF Shuts Down, Should We Keep Its Police Force Out On the Streets Patrolling the City?

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Oh, here’s a better question:

Why do we even have a CCSF Police Force in the first place?

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Are the CCSF Police very/

Necessary?

IDK

Meet R. Scott, the Super-Chill SFPD Motorcycle Cop Who Gives Stop Sign Tickets to Cyclists on the Wiggle Every Day

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Or at least it seems like every day.

Here he is on Waller in the Lower Haight last week. See? He’ll park his motorcycle and then stand in the street pointing to offending cyclists and counting out, “!, 2, 3, 4, 5…”

And then everybody gets to wait while he processes all the tickets.

Thusly. Now actually, a couple of these folks were just waiting for their friends, prolly because they didn’t fail to yield prolly because you had Officer R. Scott yelling away:

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Here we go:

Yeah, so I know this is the same thing as last year but I’m surprised to see the sustained nature of this recent enforcement action.

Observations:

1. Officer Scott has a “weakness.” Guess what, it’s sports cars! Owns a Porsche 996 he does. Then he explains that it’s a “modern 911,” which it sort of is.

2. Does he have advice for cyclists? Yes. It’s “SLOW DOWN” and it’s “you should be wearing a helmet” and “you should have your lights on.”

3. Does he also have a lecture? Yes. It’s “that call you just heard on my radio is about an assault with a hammer – I’d rather be answering that call.” See? Its like a guilt trip for all the recalcitrant cyclists of SF.

4. When the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition tells people to take the Wiggle route, is it basically telling them to not stop at stop signs? Yep, pretty much.

5. Do most of the people who live near the intersection of Steiner and Waller approve of this enforcement action? Yep.

6. Do many people coming up and down the Wiggle go too fast for conditions? Yes.

7. Do most of the offending cyclists bother to slow down just a little, you know, to make what’s called an Idaho stop (or a California stop or an Oklahoma stop)? No, they just blow right through. How did this culture develop? IDK, fixies?

8. Is there a way to avoid all this rigmarole by using the Unwiggle, the same basic route but using Fillmore and Pierce instead of cop-heavy Steiner and Scott? Yep.

 

I’m Thinking that Tesla Model S Drivers are Now Out-Jerking Toyota Prius Drivers, and That’s Saying Something

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Toyota Prius drivers have been the worst in town for the longest time now, but 2013 is bringing a change.

Take this driver for instance. Repeated lane changes allowed her the ability to totally tailgate an unsuspecting Prius driver.

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This isn’t such a great crime but it’s about the fifth or sixth bad thing she did in a mile or so.

Let’s see if Tesla driver behavior can beat the bad accident and police ticketing rate of the Prius driver…