Posts Tagged ‘san francisco police department’

Calling BS on “Coastal Motor Escorts” – Motorcycle Security Guards with Seven Pointed Star Emblems to Look Like the SFPD?

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Boy oh boy, do you think that this funeral escort motorcycle driver in the Western Addition has taken steps to appear to be an active-duty peace officer with the SFPD or CHP? Well, I do.

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I’m calling bullshit on the seven-pointed star up front and the squares designed to look like blue lights on the rear. I’ll tell you, there was this whole big deal about officers people in the San Francisco Patrol Special Police wearing seven-pointed stars when really they should all be wearing six-pointers. And blue lights? That should reserved for the real popo, non?

All right, Coastal Motor Escorts, you might have had your application rubber-stamped by the SFPD

“8. Oliveira, Michael  669 Bridgewater Circle, Danville 94526  Funeral Procession Escort  OK Permit;  dba “Coastal Motor Escorts, LLC.”  Permit #: 139056  District: U ID: 4971″

…but that doesn’t mean you have the right to impersonate police, right?

Now let’s learn a bit about this outfit from the San Jose Mercury News:

“QUESTION: Mr. Roadshow, the other day I had a scary encounter with a gun-toting security guard on a motorcycle while traveling on Interstate 880 in San Leandro. I was traveling with the flow of traffic when a white BMW motorcycle with emergency-type lights with “Coastal Motor Escorts” pulled next to my vehicle and began honking his horn and shaking his fist at me. I looked down and noticed my speedometer showed I was going 67 mph. I continued to drive and the motorcycle security guard pulled behind my vehicle and began flashing his high-beam lights at me. I was not sure if I should pull over or continue. There was no funeral procession or other activity and this guy was traveling alone.”

Read on for more deets of this encounter, be my guest.

And this isn’t just in Frisco – read on about what happens elsewhere.

So, I know all the reasons why motorized security guards would like to be perceived as being currently-employed peace officers, but I don’t agree with what Coastal Motor Escorts is doing in San Francisco.

I cry foul.

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:

SFPD ARREST SUSPECT IN 10 YEAR OLD BRUTAL COLD CASE SEXUAL ASSAULT
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?

This Man is Wanted by the SFPD Regarding the May 12th Murder of Joseph Williams Aged 74 – Drives Gold Mercedes E-Class

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

All the details:

San Francisco Police Request Public’s Assistance in Identifying a Person of Interest in a Homicide Investigation.

Police investigators are requesting assistance from the public in identifying a suspect who has been accessing the bank account information of a homicide victim.

On 5/12/2011 at 5:00pm, San Francisco Police responded to a residence on the 2900 block of Folsom Street. A family member found the victim, Joseph Williams age 74, deceased in his apartment. The death has been ruled a homicide by the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office.

The suspect in the associated photos and video has been accessing the victim’s bank account information in various locations in San Francisco and the Bay Area. The suspect has been described as a male, black, approximately 50-60 years old, 5’03” – 5’05”, thin build, medium complexion. He has been seen driving a gold or beige sedan (possibly a Mercedes “E” Class) with a sun roof.

Anyone recognizing the suspect or having information regarding his whereabouts should contact the San Francisco Police Department:

Inspectors: Pam Hofsass, Kevin Jones or Valerie Matthews of the SFPD Homicide Detail through: SFPD-BRICC: (415) 553-1071, The SFPD Anonymous Tip Line: (415) 575-4444, or Text a Tip: “TIP411”

SFPD Case Number: 110-383-998

 

District 5 Town Hall for Public Safety Tonight at 7:00 PM – Korean Center in the Western Addition

Monday, February 7th, 2011

From SF FYI Net comes news of the big District 5 Town Hall for Public Safety tonight at the Korean Center in the Western Addition.

Deets below.

Friendship Seven shootings, 2007:

District 5 Town Hall for Public Safety

When: February 7, 2011 – Monday 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Korean Center, 745 Buchanan Street, San Francisco
What: Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi hosts a District 5 Public Safety Town Hall Meeting. Community forum to create a safe neighborhood. The focus is on neighborhood safety and the relationships between community and City Departments:
Mayor’s Office
San Francisco District Attorney
San Francisco Police Department
Adult and Juvenile Probation
San Francisco Housing Authority
Department of Children Youth and Families
Child Protective Services
CA State Assembly-member Tom Ammiano’s Office

Information:  Ross.Mirkarimi@sfgov.org

Is It Illegal to Burn a Quran in San Francisco? Tenderloin Incident Reported to SFPD, FBI

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Apparently the legality of burning a Quran is an open question these days.

Read below the details of a recent incident at the Islamic Society of San Francisco (ISSF) in the Tenderloin.

20 Jones Street near Market, just across the way from the Brokedown Palace of McAllister Street:

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All the deets:

CAIR: Burned Quran Found at San Francisco Mosque. Muslim civil rights group urges community members to report suspicious activity

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 18 — The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) today reported that a burned copy of the Quran, Islam’s holy text, was found earlier this week at the Islamic Society of San Francisco (ISSF).

CAIR-SFBA is reminding community members to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity in the area of local mosques. 

ISSF officials reported to CAIR-SFBA that they found the burned copy of the Quran in a trash container placed outside for collection. The incident was reported to the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and to the San Francisco office of the FBI.

“Regrettably, the recent wave of hate incidents targeting American Muslims has made its way to the Bay Area,” said CAIR-SFBA Programs and Outreach Director Zahra Billoo. “It is unfortunate that a minority community is being targeted by hate in this way, and we are appreciative of the support that has been expressed by local elected officials and interfaith leaders.”

She noted that Muslim communities nationwide have been similarly targeted in recent weeks.

Ever more deets, after the jump

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George Hearts TASERs, So Why Shouldn’t the SFPD have Conducted Energy Devices?

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

San Francisco Police Chief George Gascón wants his SFPD to be equipped with Conducted Energy Devices (CED’s, aka TASERs), but he needs to get approval from the Police Commission to get going. So he’s working the media and the Internets to get the word out about the benefits of stun guns.

Check the Facebook (started up just yesterday), the Twitter, the YouTube – the SFPD is all over the place these days. And here’s the elevator pitch for CEDs from the SFPD in a punchy 7.5 minutes. And here’s the whole news conference from today.

Chief Gascon (in conducted energy neckware) making his case today as Police Commissioner Jim “The Hammer” Hammer looks on.

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Am I missing something here? Is there some reason why the SFPD shouldn’t have CED’s? Our Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol have access to TASERS when they’re on the job in SF, so why not the police?

Next week’s Police Commission hearing, skedded for March 3rd, will give the red light or, more likely, the green light.

To Be Continued…

A New Look for SFPD Radio Cars? Aerodynamic Light Bars Make All the Difference

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Check out this SFPD prowler parked in the Funset District – groove on that funky, aerodynamic light bar on top.

Almost thought it was a fake from the filming of NBC’s horrible Trauma action/dramedy at first, but no, if you count the points on the big blue door star it comes up seven (and not eight) every time.  

Fake Michael Schumacher will have even less of a chance of evading Park Station the next time he drives his Ferrari F355 Spyder to Haight Ashbury for a pint or five.

Maybe our City is just trying out something new…

News Conference of the Year: Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and Sgt. Brian V. McDonnell

Monday, April 20th, 2009

San Francisco gets more than its fair share of news conferences for a variety of reasons, but this one on Wednesday looks to be memorable. This whole issue about Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and the death of SFPD Sgt. Brian V. McDonnell in 1970 was quite the hot potatoe last month, as this bit from the Demian Bulwa demonstrates.

Get a sneak peak of the tenor of the people behind the news conference here.

Maybe a lot of people will show up this wednesday, maybe not. We’ll see.

1970 Cold Case to Be Explored at San Francisco News Conference on April 23; Evidence in Bombing Murder Points to Weather Underground
  
Campaign for Justice for Victims of Weather Underground Terrorism Urges Probe of Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn

SAN FRANCISCO, April 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Pressure is mounting for an expanded probe of Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, and their alleged roles in the 1970 bombing murder of a San Francisco policeman. Larry Grathwohl, former FBI informant in the Weather Underground and author of Bringing Down America: An FBI Informer with the Weathermen, will repeat his sworn testimony that points to the involvement of the Weather Underground in the bombing murder of Sgt. Brian V. McDonnell at a 12:30 p.m. News Conference on Thursday, April 23, 2009, at the Marriott Courtyard San Francisco Downtown, 299 Second Street, in the Rincon Hill room. Grathwohl says that he was at a meeting where Ayers said that his wife Dohrn had planted the bomb

The San Francisco Police Officers Association has publicly supported the call for a renewed investigation, saying the evidence points to Ayers and Dohrn as the perpetrators.

The News Conference is being sponsored by the Campaign for Justice for Victims of Weather Underground Terrorism, a project of investigative journalist Cliff Kincaid’s America’s Survival, Inc. “Forty years is too long to wait for justice,” Kincaid said. “Let’s bring the cop-killers to justice.” Kincaid’s web site www.usasurvival.org has exclusive reports on the bombing and Communist Cuban support for the Weather Underground.

The cold case of Sgt. Brian V. McDonnell, killed in 1970 when a bomb exploded at the San Francisco Park Police Station, has been reopened by law enforcement authorities. Grathwohl, Cliff Kincaid, and retired San Francisco Police Sergeant Jim Pera, one of the first on the scene of the bombing, will discuss the McDonnell case, the violent history of the Weather Underground, and the reemergence of its members in political and campus organizing activities. Ayers/Dohrn “comrade” and Weather Underground member Mark Rudd is on a speaking tour in the Bay Area.
 
SOURCE America’s Survival, Inc.

Annual SFPD Mission Station Annual Easter Egg Hunt a Huge Success

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

Boy oh boy, the little squirts of the Mission District had a blast this morning at the annual San Francisco Police Department Easter Egg Hunt at Mission Playground on 19th Street.

Were tears shed by some of the hundreds who didn’t win the bicycle? Oh yes. Oh well.

Mission Station Sponsors Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday

In the spirit of community policing, the command staff and officers of Mission Police Station will sponsor its annual Easter Egg Hunt for children ten years old and under on Saturday, April 4, at Mission Playground,19th Street between Valencia and Guerrero, beginning at 10:00 A.M. There will be entertainment, a raffle for a bike, and a special appearance from the Easter Bunny.

Better luck next year…

The Richmond District Welcomes New Police Captain Richard Corriea

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

The Richmond District of San Francisco has a new police captain, so he’s been having meetings with members of the community. Last week, San Francisco Police Department Captain Richard Lyons Corriea hosted a forum with 35 souls at the Zephyr Cafe on 3643 Balboa to talk about police issues, the kind that are discussed here and here

Also in attendance were Kitty Ha from the Safety Network and representatives from the offices of Senator Leland Yee, Assemblywoman Fiona Ma and District Attorney Kamala Harris.

The MSM was also on hand taking photos but sometimes they spell his name “Correia,” so that makes it hard to see what they’re saying.

Captain Corriea has also recently met with Senator Lee and Richmond Supervisor Eric Mar.

Of course, the Richmond has its own set of challenges so there’s lots to talk about.

Read all about it and have a safe 2009!