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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Video Shows S.F. Cop Beating Homeless Man

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 11:00 AM

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San Francisco police are in trouble again. A new video surfaced today showing Officer Raymond Chu beating a homeless man with his baton and then blasting him with a shot of pepper spray. 

Here's what happened, according to Public Defender Jeff Adachi:

On Feb. 11, at about 11 p.m., the 5-Fulton bus reached the end of the line at Cabrillo and La Playa streets at Ocean Beach. In the back of the bus, was 36-year-old Bernard Warren, a homeless man who had been sleeping when the coach came to a stop. The Muni driver, unable to wake Warren from his slumber, contacted SFPD who sent Chu to the scene. 

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Sex Offender Busted Having Sex With Girlfriend in Golden Gate Park

Posted By on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 12:52 PM

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San Francisco police arrested a registered sex offender after he was busted fornicating for all to see at Golden Gate Park. 

According to police reports, two officers were patrolling the park at about 10:15 p.m. on Wednesday when they saw a man and a woman"engaged in sexual intercourse in public view."

They stopped to ensure that the activity was consensual — and it was. But that still didn't make it okay. A records check revealed that the man was on parole and deemed a "high-risk" sex offender. 

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Lucky Luke: Fugitive Who Escaped Jail Busted in South Bay

Posted By on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 9:44 AM

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Luke Brugnara, aka "Lucky Luke" ran out of luck yesterday when he was arrested after slipping out of jail last week. 

The FBI reports that the fugitive was captured yesterday in Los Gatos and has since returned to jail. Brugnara had been on the lam since he bolted the San Francisco federal building last week during a meeting with his attorney. A judge granted Brugnara a furlough to meet with his lawyer, a move that federal marshals called "highly unusual." 

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Driver Who Crashed Into Former Assemblyman Tom Ammiano Calls Judge a Fat Mother Fucker

Posted By on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 9:24 AM

Tom Ammiano walked away from the accident with only scrapes and bruises. He attributes his safety to the help of gay angels.
  • Tom Ammiano walked away from the accident with only scrapes and bruises. He attributes his safety to the help of gay angels.
That driver who crashed into former Assemblyman Tom Ammiano earlier this week appeared in court where he cursed out a judge, illustrating that he could probably use a better lawyer than himself. 

The Chron reports that Ronnie Moody, 32, was acting as his own attorney when he called San Francisco Superior Court Judge Philip Moscone a fat mother fucker and then told a jurist to "kiss my dick."

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

We Talked to the People Defacing Those Islamophobic Muni Ads

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 8:06 AM

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You may have seen them on buses around town, the odious Muni ads that equate Muslims with Nazis and claim that the U.S. government supports anti-Semitism with foreign aid. The ghastly Pamela Geller, she of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, has sponsored several of these provocative ad buys, and Muni claims they have no power to tell a paying customer "no" based on the content of her speech.

So a group of street artists has taken to waging a campaign of joyful, upbeat defacement, replacing Geller’s stark admonitions against loving thy neighbor with images of Muslim superheroes (like Marvel Comics' Kamala Khan) and people of different cultures getting along.

I spoke with an anonymous member of Street Cred - Advertising for the People, the activists behind the defacement. (Their work is, in her preferred nomenclature, “alteration” or “redecoration,” and they see it as a public service.)

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

You Wouldn't Believe Crazy Things Passengers Tried to Sneak Onto Airplanes in 2014

Posted By on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 3:17 PM

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Given the thorough and somewhat invasive security patdowns at airports these days, the rational person wouldn't even consider smuggling a loaded firearm onto a plane — let alone that family-size tube of hair product.

Unfortunately, the nation isn't full of rational people. At least that's the only conclusion we could draw from scanning through the Transportation Security Agency's 2014 year in review blog.

There were more than enough oddities to read about in the blog, including a tale of a would-be passenger at SFO who tried to board a plane with a "realistic replica of a Claymore anti-personnel mine" in tow.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Here Are The Guys Accused of Stealing a Newspaper Truck and Leading Police on a High-Speed Chase

Posted By on Tue, Dec 30, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Andrew Rojas (left) Rudolph "Rudy" Martinez (right)
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Police released the names and images of the two San Francisco men suspected of stealing a Chronicle newspaper delivery truck yesterday morning and leading police on a high-speed chase through several counties. 

Andrew Rojas, 30, and Rudolph "Rudy" Martinez, 53, were booked into San Francisco County Jail and charged with vehicle theft, felony evading, conspiracy, and assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer. 

The craziness started yesterday morning just before 4 a.m. when a pair of thieves stole a San Francisco Chronicle delivery truck at Market and Castro streets. The unmarked van was spotted about four hours later in the city's Bayview District — and it was not delivering papers. 

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

49ers Sack Ray McDonald in Light of Sexual Assault Claims

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 1:40 PM

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The 49ers have ejected defensive lineman Ray McDonald following new sexual assault allegations that surfaced earlier this week. 

On Tuesday, police served a search warrant to the player's Silver Creek Valley home, after receiving reports from an alleged assault victim at a local hospital. This investigation came months after the Santa Clara District Attorney's Office decided it didn't have enough evidence to prosecute McDonald on domestic violence charges involving his pregnant fiance.

All of that suggests the team may be taking a harder line on assault and domestic violence charges, or at least attempting to cover itself at a time when the NFL is getting widely excoriated for its lax stance on such crimes.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Guy in Santa Suit Robs S.F. Bank During SantaCon

Posted By on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 12:31 PM

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There were a lot of naughty Santas roaming the streets of San Francisco this weekend, but there's only one who police are really interested in — and he remains on the lam. 

According to police reports, amid Saturday's SantaCon fest, a man disguised as St. Nick walked into a bank of the 400 block of Sutter Street and quietly robbed it. 

Police say the Bad Santa walked into the unidentified bank at about 1:08 p.m., handed the teller a demand note, and slipped out the door with an undisclosed amount of cash.

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Anonymous Arts Collective Claims Responsibility for Effigies at UC Berkeley

Posted By on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 9:00 AM

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An anonymous collective of "queer and people of color" artists has claimed responsibility for three lynching effigies that were strung around UC Berkeley campus on Saturday, the same day that thousands of people marched through the downtown corridors of cities throughout the US to protest police brutality.

“These images connect past events to present ones – referencing endemic faultlines of hatred and persecution that are and should be deeply unsettling to the American consciousness," the artists wrote in a statement posted to a campus bulletin board, and tweeted by UC Berkeley Chicano studies professor Pablo Gonzalez.

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