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Friday, June 26, 2015

New Court Filings in Leland Yee Case Reveal Undercover FBI Agent's Checks to Mayor Lee

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 10:27 AM

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Court documents recently made public reveal that federal investigators given a sweeping mandate by the FBI to uncover organized crime and political corruption handed out $1,088,736 in cash and checks over the course of about five years. Some of that money went to political heavyweights, including Mayor Ed Lee.

The slush fund, which stemmed from the probe into state senator Leland Yee and his confidants Keith and Brandon Jackson, was used to bribe San Francisco officials, buy guns, ammo, wine, and host parties.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Another Good Reason Not to Own a Car in San Francisco

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 9:52 AM

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As KPIX reported earlier this month, car owners in San Francisco have started displaying polite notes in their car windows informing would-be thieves that nothing valuable is inside. Turns out drivers have more to worry about than just run-of-the-mill break-ins.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Supervisor Calls for Cops to Be More Transparent With Racial Data

Posted By on Tue, Jun 16, 2015 at 11:42 AM

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Supervisor Malia Cohen wants to introduce more transparency in the SFPD and county sheriff’s department. According to the Chronicle, the District 10 supervisor is calling for both agencies to present public quarterly reports that list the race, age, gender, and gender identity of everyone stopped by law enforcement officials in San Francisco.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Park District Police Promise a Crackdown on Bicyclists

Posted By on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 11:22 AM

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Police in the city’s Park District — which includes Cole Valley, Haight Street, the Western Addition, Twin Peaks, and parts of Duboce and Castro — have promised a “crackdown” on misbehaving bicyclists. As Hoodline reports, district captain John Sanford told a community meeting this week that officers will begin enforcing traffic laws that some cyclists apparently ignore all too often.

“I’m in an unmarked black police car, and they’re [cyclists] just zipping past,” Sanford said. He added that many bicyclists don’t obey stop signs.

Per Hoodline, officers issued 38 traffic citations to cyclists in the district between January and May. Sanford said that the impending crackdown will begin with an education and awareness phase before shifting to outright citation.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Here's What Happens When You Sell 20,000 Pirated DVDs on eBay

Posted By on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 12:36 PM

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Forty-three-year-old San Francisco man Christopher Breejen was sentenced to 15 months in prison and must pay $117,439.50 in restitution for criminal copyright infringement. Breejen was charged with — and pleaded guilty to — importing counterfeit DVDs and selling them on eBay.

According to Bay City News, Breejen pleaded guilty on November 18 last year. Prosecutors said that between 2011 and 2014, Breejen sold 20,000 pirated DVDs online, many of them imported from Asia. After a tip from the Motion Picture Association of America, U.S. Customs and Border Protection launched an investigation that led to the seizure of 16 shipments of counterfeit discs.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Clown Invades, Robs House

Posted By on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 8:58 AM

The only thing creepier than a clown is a clown breaking into your house. 

On Friday, a man in a clown mask and seven others robbed a home in the Stonestown neighborhood, Bay City News reports

The robbery took place while six residents were at home in the house. They were ordered to lie on the ground while the creepy clown robber gang stole cellphones, cameras, laptops, and other valuables, before fleeing, according to the police. 

The man in the clown mask, described by police as a black man about 5'5" and 170 pounds, was also wearing a green sweater.


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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Feds Probe East Bay Dam Vandalism

Posted By on Wed, Jun 3, 2015 at 3:07 PM

The dastardly vandals who wasted 50,000,000 gallons of precious water in the East Bay may have violated federal law, KQED reports

An inflatable dam on Alameda Creek in Fremont was damaged May 21st, allowing water that would otherwise have served the Alameda County Water District to flow into the San Francisco Bay. 

The Fremont Police Department has been investigating the incident, but now the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is stepping in as well. 

Per KQED: 
The episode has also prompted the EPA to look into whether the federal Safe Drinking Water Act was violated, EPA spokeswoman Suzanne Skadowski said. That law makes it a crime to tamper with a public water system.
According to the EPA's website, the penalty for the crime is 20 years in prison. 

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SF School District Sued Over Alleged Sexual Assault in Principal's Office

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 9:34 AM

The San Francisco Unified School District is in civil court defending itself from a lawsuit alleging that a sexual assault took place in the principal's office of Bessie Carmichael Elementary School in 2013, the San Francisco Examiner reports

In the spring of 2013, Lawrence Gotanco, then the principal of Carmichael, sent a letter to parents of the school's students that read, "On Wednesday afternoon inappropriate behavior involving three students occurred on campus, and a video recording was made of this incident and shared with other students." 

According to the lawsuit, that incident involved three 10-year old boys, at least one of whom was a victim of sexual assault. 

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Friday, May 15, 2015

SFPD Finally Gets a Deadline for Body Camera Policy

Posted By on Fri, May 15, 2015 at 4:46 PM

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Body cameras for police officers in San Francisco have long been discussed, but there's never been a clear timeline for when they would be implemented. One of the major roadblocks has been the need to develop a policy governing their use.

There's now finally a deadline for proposing that policy, The San Francisco Examiner reports:
Last week, Police Commission President Suzy Loftus gave a clear directive to Chief Greg Suhr about when she wants a draft policy for the cameras: 90 days. “Yes, ma’am,” he said at the Police Commission meeting in an unusual show of deference to a body often deferential to the chief.

The Police Commission, charged with disciplining officers and creating policy for the department, has the final say on policy governing camera use.
Of course once there's a draft, there will likely be wrangling over revisions, and the rest of the timeline for deployment remains unclear. But at least there's some forward momentum for the reform that many hope will increase accountability for police brutality and misconduct. 

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Child Porn Charges Against Mayor Ed Lee's Former Consultant Are Sick, Twisted

Posted By on Wed, May 13, 2015 at 4:44 PM

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Documents detailing the child pornography charges against Enrique Pearce, the 41-year old political consultant who was on the payroll of Mayor Ed Lee until his arrest last week, were made public in court on Wednesday. And they are bad — as in shockingly bad.

Pearce pleaded not guilty to six felonies, but he had his bail increased and was remanded back into custody at San Francisco County Jail after a judge agreed that he's a safety risk following some sickening revelations.

Pearce's taste was for "boys 8-12." He took photos of boys in this age group out in public with his iPhone, according to court filings. He harbored fantasies of sharing a such a child with another man, and he also stashed images of prepubescent boys in S&M acts and infants as young as "6 months old" in various sex acts, according to prosecutors. 

Pearce was earning $5,000 a month as a consultant to Lee less than a week ago, and had done work for some of San Francisco's top politicos. 

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