An alleged domestic violence incident at the Gold's Gym on Market Street concluded with police arresting a sworn Sheriff's Deputy, who was charged with assault and false imprisonment. Lieutenant Vincent Calvarese was arrested Thursday evening at the 2301 Market Street gym. District Attorney spokeswo ... More >>
Independent of what?Update: KGO reports this morning that the FBI is launching its own investigation into the allegations over the police misconduct during a drug bust earlier this year. The agency will look into possible civil rights violations among other violations.Original story, Thursday, Ma ... More >>
George GascónThe head of San Francisco's police union is circulating a bulletin to members today that expresses surprise and concern over the appointment of SFPD Chief George Gascón as the city's new district attorney.The memo also strikes a positive note, however, pointing out that a former c ... More >>
They all look the same to me...In an apparent jailhouse version of babies accidentally switched at the hospital, the San Francisco Sheriff's Department allegedly switched identification numbers of two Luke Smiths who happened to be in jail at the same time last May, according to a new lawsuit. Th ... More >>
Patrol Special Officer Alan ByardThe San Francisco Patrol Special Police, a private security force that has co-existed alongside city-employed police officers since the days of the Gold Rush, has elected a leader to head its officers' professional association.The Patrol Special Police Officers As ... More >>
A database of more than 200,000 Bay Area public employees charts just who's earning $12.2 billion in public salaries. (It's a big database, so it takes a while to load up). Coming tops on the Bay Area News Group-compiled cavalcade of information: Nancy Farber, chief administrator of Washing ... More >>
John Keker, who went after Iran-Contra defendant Oliver North (pictured), will soon be looking into the SFPD.District Attorney Kamala Harris announced today that she will appoint a high-powered private attorney to review the growing scandal over her office's failure to disclose the criminal backg ... More >>
Will San Francisco make a dubious move?Earlier this month, Matt Murphy was told he'd be laid off from his city job, and likely replaced by a uniformed police officer. Since Murphy already works for the police department, that's not so outlandish an idea. But since his job largely consists of shov ... More >>
Don Cameron trains cops in how to use force, and then defends them in court when they're accused of going too far.
www.lcpstc.orgThe other day we wrote about how San Francisco was attempting to reclaim its mantle as The City That Knows How ... To Burn Cars from the East Bay. Well, the hits keep coming. Shortly before 1 a.m. this morning, police officers spotted a vehicle burning at Alemany and Naglee in the E ... More >>
A week ago, the San Francisco Examiner broke this story about how the San Francisco Police Department statistics are botched, and have been for some time, particularly in the area of aggravated assaults. Somehow, the department failed to include domestic violence incidents in ... More >>
via IMDB.comChristopher Borgzinner looking his best, i.e. while not riding MuniWe've been keeping tabs on the campaign of Supervisor Bevan Dufty and the police department to make it less likely you'll be pummeled or robbed on Muni, which seems to be happening a lot these days. Well, it seems othe ... More >>
Every once in a while, we give a call to a veteran San Francisco police officer with 20 years of patrol experience. Naturally we phoned him up to get his take on the weekend incident in which a BART officer removing a disorderly man from a train resulted in a YouTube video titled "Officer Br ... More >>
Menlo Park's Paul McAdoo turned up safe and sound -- but no one really knows howYesterday we urged readers to call the cops if they saw 86-year-old Paul McAdoo of Menlo Park, a dementia patient with a yen for hopping on buses or trains and taking them to parts unknown. Since McAdoo went missing f ... More >>
Can the SFPD saved by the miracle of computers? Wednesday morning, at the unveiling of the city's new crimefighting tool, CompStat, San Francisco Police Chief George Gascon had the city say hello to his not-so-little friend and implementer, LAPD detective Jeff Godown.Gascon intend ... More >>
Still always good to have...San Francisco is about to get a lot more friendly to unlicensed drivers. After a series of meetings over the last year with immigrants' rights groups and the ACLU, the police are halting their mandatory policy of towing off and impounding cars driven by unlicensed mot ... More >>
Chief George GasconNew San Francisco Police Chief George Gascon has not announced plans to liquidate top SFPD brass and fill positions with his own people, as he did during his first year as chief of the police department in Mesa, Arizona.Notwithstanding, a proposed amendment introduced by Superv ... More >>
Will tough-talking George Gascon kill the federal goose that lays golden eggs that buy police departments neat toys like this?Top S.F. crime-fighter is one of two new hats on the head of tough-talking new police chief George Gascon. He also last month signed on as a member of U.S. Homeland Securi ... More >>
George GasconIncoming San Francisco Police Chief George Gascon -- the subject of this week's SF Weekly cover story -- is certainly walking into a dicey situation in his avowed attempts to shake up San Francisco's problematic police department. But it's better than filing for unemployment, which he c ... More >>
The Entertainment Commission is supposed to regulate S.F. nightclubs, but it won't — and often can't — punish scofflaws. The results are sometimes tragic.
See you on the waterfrontThis Sunday, July 5, San Francisco's International Longshore and Warehouse Union will hold a procession to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Bloody Thursday, the clash between police and striking longshoremen during the city's 1934 General Strike that led to a permanent lo ... More >>
Last night, the Board of Supervisors proposed cuts of about $82 million to the budgets of San Francisco police, fire and sheriff's departments. Today, those departments got together and called a press conference. Police Chief Heather Fong, Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, Police Co ... More >>
Pretty fancy 'garbage'Neighborhood activists complained to supervisors today that San Francisco police officers are showing "disrespect" for people holding the municipal identification cards the city began distributing in January -- including one alleged incident where an officer in the Tenderloin ... More >>
Apparently, Taser training's not as fun as it looksThere are times when real-world events conspire overwhelmingly to defeat arguments for a policy or theory. Think about the fate of Soviet-style collective farming, say, or -- to pull an example from the past year's headlines -- the idea that unregul ... More >>
Elmo gets it.Earlier today Joe Eskenazi encouraged transparency and openness from all of San Francisco's would-be killers. He was kidding and all, but later in the day, we noticed that at least one guy may have actually read our blog and followed Eskenazi's advice. That would ... More >>
Can cops keep an accused drug dealer from roaming the Tenderloin?
To protect and serve ... and give away swag!This just in from The Snitch's favorite police report writer, Capt. Paul Chignell of the Taraval Police Station: What is the name of the revered Deputy Chief of Police from the 1970s who lived on Santiago and died suddenly in his early 50s? First to answer ... More >>
Over the past several years, police departments across the country have adopted the Taser, a brand of electroshock weapon, as a "less-lethal" alternative for when things get hot. The stun guns have been touted for their ability to reduce fatalities in law enforcement, b ... More >>
Police slow to help crime victims who are here illegally.
There is a way bike riders and car drivers can more safely coexist, and help the environment.
San Francisco's murder rate is at its highest level in a decade. Whose fault is that?
Week of Wednesday, October 6, 2004
Albert Johnson was exonerated for a crime he didn't commit, but not before spending over a decade in prison. Why guiltless people get jailed -- and how to stop it.
When police officers and death coincide, the public has a right to the official record of the event
Two-plus months after police shot Idriss Stelley 20 times, they still won't release their reports on the death
Investigations launched into money collected from massage parlor workers
UCSF's Paul Ekman, a national expert on the science of lying, helps police (and journalists) determine whether perps (or presidents) are practiced prevaricators
How police bungled the exotic poison-for-profit case known as Foxglove
Schools plan to tell parents where sex offenders live; is it caution or hysteria?