On October 14, 2016 at 8:15 p.m., San Francisco Police Department officers responded to the Lakeshore Shopping Center on a call regarding a subject threatening people and causing a disturbance. Upon arrival, officers located the subject on the unit block of Everglade Drive. When the officers made contact with the subject, he turned toward the officers and fired multiple shots, striking one of the officers in the head. As that officer went down, the suspect fled on foot toward Sigmund Stern Grove.
The injured officer’s partner rendered aid and requested backup.
Google introduced a prototype of its self-driving car last year. Regulators are still working on rules for the vehicles. Photo: Tony Avelar, Associated Press.
Self-driving cars could be lifesavers, preventing many, if not most, of the traffic accidents that claim more than 30,000 American lives each year.
They could also make devastating weapons.
David R. Baker of the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper reports that hackers could be employed by a hostile nation finding a way to command large numbers of cars on U.S. roads. Picture those hackers ordering the vehicles to suddenly accelerate and turn hard to the right, flipping them over, killing many passengers and clogging freeways with junked cars.
Or envision a lone-wolf terrorist loading explosives into a car and programming it to drive to a targeted building or public space.
“A nation-state will think very carefully before they commit something that can be interpreted as an act of war, so that helps keep us safe,” said Isaac Porche, associate director of the Forces and Logistics Program at the Rand Corp. think tank. “But is it possible? Yes.”
This photo released by the Fullerton, Calif., Police Department shows Josh Acosta, 21, arrested and jailed in Fullerton Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. Acosta is one of two men arrested in connection with the murders of two men and a woman at a Fullerton home Saturday, September 24. Two children were present in the home and called 911 to report that their parents had 'died.' (Fullerton Police Department via AP)
Amy Taxin of the Associated Press reports that two men were arrested in Fullerton, California, and a 17-year-old girl was detained Sunday on suspicion of killing three people inside a Southern California home over the weekend, police said.
Fullerton police Sgt. Jon Radus would not say if the arrested teen was the missing daughter of two of the victims.
He did say she has been found since authorities issued an alert looking for her, initially saying they were concerned about her safety.
"Katlynn Goodwill Yost has been located and she is unharmed," Radus said. "State law prevents law enforcement from releasing the names of juveniles who have been arrested for crimes. That said, a 17 year old female juvenile has also been detained in connection with the murders and is in the custody of the Orange County Juvenile Hall."
Robert Mathew Kaplan, 37, of San Diego Kaplan is charged with several felonies including battery on a peace officer with serious bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism, and aggravated mayhem. Photograph courtesy of the SFPD.
On September 9th, 2016 at 6:21 AM, an SFPD officer responded to a report of a naked male chasing people and throwing a branch at pedestrians walking on the 3800 block of 25th Street in the Mission District.
Upon arrival, the officer encountered a partially nude male in his 30’s who was talking to himself. Shortly thereafter, the officer announced over the radio that he was in a physical fight with the suspect.
SAN FRANCISCO -- A 20-year-old man was shot and killed Saturday night near Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, apparently while playing the online game Pokémon Go, CBS San Francisco reported.
The victim, identified by the San Francisco medical examiner's office as San Mateo resident Calvin Riley, was shot in the chest near the city's Aquatic Park.
Paramedics and police were called to the 900 block of North Point Street shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday night and found Riley suffering from a bullet wound to his torso. He received first aid but died, according to police.
Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow poses for a portrait in San Francisco in July 2007. Photo: Jen Siska, Associated Press
Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, sentenced to life in prison for racketeering and murder as the leader of a venerable Chinatown community organization, said Thursday he was an innocent victim of dishonest prosecutors, a biased judge and incompetent defense attorneys.
“You got the wrong man,” Chow, 56, said in a discourse in San Francisco federal court that lasted more than an hour before a judge pronounced his sentence. “I’m not apologizing (for) a crime I had nothing to do with.”
Chow, the lead prosecutor responded, was only showing his tendency to blame others for his wrongdoing. And U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said the evidence presented during an eight-week trial amply proved Chow’s guilt.
A federal court jury convicted Chow in January of conspiring to operate his organization, the Ghee Kung Tong, as a racketeering enterprise and of ordering the murder of its previous leader, Allen Leung, in 2006, SFGATE.com reports.
Chow was also convicted of conspiring unsuccessfully to murder another rival, Jim Tat Kong, who was later shot to death in 2013. Jurors additionally found him guilty of five counts of dealing in stolen liquor and cigarettes, and of 154 counts of money-laundering through members of his organization who testified that they had his approval.
(Originally posted on July 14, 2016, at SFBay, a news website for the San Francisco Bay Area.)
During the summer of 1965 in the Los Angeles suburb of Watts, racial tensions exploded after a white police officer roughed up 21-year-old black motorist Marquette Frye during a traffic stop for suspicion of drunk driving, and angry onlookers began throwing rocks and concrete at police.
The resulting mayhem over the next few days prompted the deployment of nearly 4,000 National Guardsmen. When the fires had died, and the smoke cleared, 34 people were dead and about 4,000 had been arrested.
Almost two years later, John W. Smith, a black taxicab driver in Newark, New Jersey, was arrested after a minor traffic violation. Witnesses said police beat him severely and then dragged him from the police car into the police station, leaving him with serious injuries.
A protest followed, at first peaceful, then violent, with citizens hurling Molotov cocktails at the police station. Chaos ensued and over the next few nights 26 people were killed, about 1,500 were arrested and around $10 million in property was damaged.
Decades later, in 1991, police pulled over black motorist Rodney King, 25, for reckless driving in Los Angeles. This time there was just one witness — but that witness had a powerful new tool, a video camcorder.
The resulting images of police officers mercilessly beating King shocked the nation when the videotaped brutality hit the evening broadcast news.
A year later, a jury acquitted three officers directly involved and deadlocked on charges against a fourth. Within hours, the biggest uprising in any 20th-century American city engulfed Los Angeles, with more than 50 deaths, thousands of arrests, and an estimated $1 billion in property damage.
Now, more than 24 years later, another grim confrontation between police and a black driver has not only repeated itself, it once again preceded a whole new level of lethal violence.
District 4 Supervisor Katy Tang (left) listens to Asst. District Attorney Marc Massarweh talk about crime issues facing Districts 7 and 4, during an April community meeting at the Ortega Branch library, along with SFPD Taraval Station Captain Denise Flaherty and officer Daniel Rosiak (right).
By Thomas K. Pendergast
A surge in auto and house burglaries has jolted San Francisco recently, so why have prosecutions for these crimes either flat-lined or even dropped in that same time? And, why suddenly are these particular types of thieves striking so often?
“Right now you’ve got a perfect storm for the rise in auto burglaries. And it has a lot to do with the prosecution, the seriousness of how their district attorney sees it, the fact that many drug crimes were lowered to misdemeanor status, like a cite-and-release policy on drug offenders,” said Jim Dudley, a former Deputy Chief of Patrol with a 32-year career in the SFPD who now lectures to Criminal Justice Studies classes at San Francisco State University. “And drug offenders are probably the most likely breaking into cars, stealing small things to turn around into cash to buy more drugs.”
But statistics released by the District Attorney’s office suggest the issue is more complicated than their prosecution policies. According to the DA, there were 2,290 automobile burglaries reported from January of 2015 through March of 2016 at the Taraval Station, yet only 16 arrests resulted in cases that were presented to the DA’s office, and they proceeded with charges on 15 of those.
Meanwhile at the Ingleside Station, the DA says, in that same time period there were 1,686 automobile burglaries reported but only 22 arrests presented to the DA’s office, of which they prosecuted 16. Over at the Richmond Station 2,706 automobile burglaries were reported to police during that time and once again 22 arrests for those were presented to the DA’s office for prosecution, with only 15 prosecutions going forward.
“We charge cases based on the evidence that’s presented to us. Police have a burden of proof of probable cause. So they have to believe that it’s more likely than not that somebody committed a crime in order for them to make an arrest,” said Maxwell Szabo, of the DA’s office. “In order for us to prosecute the person for those charges we have to be able to prove those allegations beyond a reasonable doubt, which is a much higher burden of proof, in a court of law, in front of jurors.”
The number of unauthorized Chinese immigrants coming to San Diego has skyrocketed in recent years, the result of a lucrative smuggling industry, mass emigration from China and a diversifying pool of unauthorized immigrants settling in the United States.
The Tribune News Service reported that Border Patrol agents in the San Diego sector apprehended an estimated 663 Chinese nationals between October and May, compared with 48 Chinese nationals last fiscal year, five in fiscal 2014 and eight in fiscal 2013, according to data provided by US Customs and Border Protection.
Before that, “we just weren’t getting [Chinese nationals],” said Wendi Lee, a spokeswoman for the Border Patrol.
Lee said criminal organisations involved in smuggling maximise their profits by transporting Chinese immigrants, often charging each several thousands of dollars to get them across the border from Mexico.
“We’re talking anywhere from US$50,000 to US$70,000 per person,” said Lee. “The further you travel from, the more arrangements these criminal organisations have to make, the more expensive it will get.”
China has become one of the world’s leading sources of immigrants, according to a February report by the Migration Policy Institute.
“High-skilled and high-value emigration from China is rising fast, while low-skilled and unskilled emigration is stagnant — a divergence that has been widening since the late 2000s. The emigration rate of China’s highly educated population is now five times as high as the country’s overall rate. China’s wealthy elites and growing middle class are increasingly pursuing educational and work opportunities overseas for themselves and their families, facilitated by their rising incomes,” the report said.