Over the past few months, San Francisco law enforcement has tightened the screws on the ghost scams, in which teams of con artists steal elderly ladies' money by tricking them into thinking a spirit will kill a loved one. With the SFPD and the District Attorney's office locked-in on fighting the ... More >>
There was controversy when Oakland announced that it would hire William Bratton -- former police chief in Boston, New York City, and Los Angeles -- to help improve the city's police department. For the most part, the controversy took two forms. Firstly, there was the issue that cash-strapped Oakla ... More >>
On May 16, federal judge Shira A. Scheindlin granted class-action status to a lawsuit against New York City's stop-and-frisk policy. As the New York Times reported, "she was disturbed by the city's 'deeply troubling apathy towards New Yorkers' most fundamental constitutional rights.'" In her ruling ... More >>
Today, protesters came at Mayor Ed Lee from all sides -- literally. On the Van Ness side of City Hall, a mix of Bay Area residents, politicos, and average Joes, gathered to oppose the mayor's controversial Stop & Frisk idea. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Hall, residents rallied against Lee ... More >>
Not surprisingly, the news that Mayor Ed Lee was considering implementing a Stop & Frisk policy in this liberal bastion sent plenty of San Franciscans reeling. The impetus behind the mayor's idea is to put a clamp on the never-ending gun violence on the street. But community members here are hop ... More >>
New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams sent Mayor Ed Lee a letter to offer a little advice in regards to his controversial statements about possibly implementing a Stop-and Frisk plan in San Francisco, similar to the practices in NYC.A self-described "strong opponent" of NYC's stop-and-frisk laws ... More >>
A New York judge has ruled that Twitter must release tweets from an Occupy Wall Street protester, claiming the information, which highlights the chaotic arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge last year, is -- and should be -- public for the whole world to read. Malcom Harris, a 22-year-old writer, was one o ... More >>
By now, you've probably heard about Ben & Jerry's limited-release ice cream flavor, "Taste the Lin-Sanity," which included a lychee swirl and Fortune Cookies. You know, because he's Asian. Because, you know, if he was African-American, Ben and Jerry woulda thought it was a good idea to fill i ... More >>
We can only imagine how hard it is to collect intelligence from the CIAThat's been the rumor circulated among groups of Occupiers who were rousted from their encampments over the last month -- from New York to San Francisco -- as they protested Wall Street and its big banks. The Part ... More >>
'We're doing far more damage with the war against marijuana than any good that could possibly be coming out of it,' says the chiefAsk former San Jose Police Chief Joseph McNamara when he began to support the notion of legalizing marijuana, and you don't get a short answer. It began half a century ... More >>
Sheriff Joe Arpaio's reign of terror becomes Arizona policy, thanks to state Senator Russell Pearce and Governor Jan Brewer
Marijuana's steady creep toward legalization nationwide
Mysterious organizations in the Bay Area profess to be advocating for liberal causes. In truth, they appear to be part of a secretive group with a bizarre radical past.
Weather Underground leaders claimed their bombings were devised to avoid bloodshed. But FBI agents suspect the radical '70s group killed an S.F. cop in the name of revolution.
Hello, I must be going?When San Francisco's police chief-to-be was introduced to throngs of media members in a rather small, stuffy room earlier this summer, your humble narrator got to ask George Gascon one question. And he gave us zero answers. "How long a commitment have you given the city?" w ... More >>
George Gascon is S.F.'s first police chief in 30 years who wasn't homegrown — and he's promising big changes. Criminals and lazy cops, you have been warned.
Punisher: War Zone kicks ass. And then it kicks some more ass.
New York cop drama holds the audience hostage.
How the Americans fared at Cannes.
Spike Lee's Inside Man plots the heist of your moviegoing dollars
Stuck with Bruce Willis in rush-hour traffic? You could always walk.
The S.F. Mad Benefit: Help a dude who blew his face off with a confetti cannon
An irresistibly powerful Hero takes on police corruption
The regulars love to subvert the contest. It's yet another twist to the city's toughest pub trivia night.
On Sept. 11, the world needed superheroes. They found them not in comic books, but in real life.
Samuel L. Jackson is Shaft
Caught Unawares: Mobile Phones Linked to Violent Crime
UCSF's Paul Ekman, a national expert on the science of lying, helps police (and journalists) determine whether perps (or presidents) are practiced prevaricators