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Monday, December 15, 2014

Protesters Chained in Front of Oakland Police Headquarters (Update)

Posted By on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Update 3:15 p.m.: Both BART stations have been reopened. 

Update 3 p.m.: Fruitvale and MacArthur stations are closed due to "civil disturbance."

Update, 2:19 p.m.:
 According to a press statement from Oakland Police, this morning's crowed  comprised between 150 and 200 people, including the dozen protesters who linked arms to block the intersection at Broadway and 7th streets, and who were ultimately arrested. One person climbed a flagpole to hang a Black Lives Matter flag. 

At this point, 25 arrests have been made for various violations, mostly related to obstruction of a public building and obstruction of a police officer. "All buildings have been cleared of chains and protesters," an OPD spokeswoman writes.

Original Story:

A group of roughly a dozen anti-police brutality protesters have chained themselves in front of the Oakland police headquarters, and have also blocked the Broadway entrance to northbound Interstate 80, according to multiple reports. 

Launched at around 7:45 am this morning, these are the latest in a series of direct actions to disrupt normal Bay Area life in the name of ending police killings of unarmed black men. Over the course of this week, protesters have blocked city streets, stood on freeways, and even staged a die-in on a set of train tracks, halting an Amtrak train in Berkeley.

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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

A lynching effigy dangling from Sather Gate at UC Berkeley. - LAUREN BUTLER/ONYX EXPRESS
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  • A lynching effigy dangling from Sather Gate at UC Berkeley.
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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Cops Looking for Person Who Assaulted Elderly Woman at Muni Stop

Posted By on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 8:22 AM

The cops over at the Richmond District are hoping to locate the person who assaulted a 77-year-old woman earlier this month as she waited for her bus at Muni stop in the Richmond District. 

The incident happened sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.; the victim was standing at the bus stop on 17th Ave. when an unknown person assaulted her and pushed her to the ground, according to police reports. 

Two bystanders who witnessed the crime helped the woman to her feet. 

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It's Going to Rain All Week Again

Posted By on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 7:42 AM

8 inches down, 50-plus more to go! - FLICKR/DAVIDYUWEB
If you hadn't noticed already, it's raining again. And it isn't going to stop anytime soon. 

The National Weather Service says another bout of non-stop rain will drop on San Francisco all week long, starting right now. Don't expect it to be the storm of the century (because that already happened last week?) but do prepare for some cold, breezy storms that will likely lead to power outages, flooding, downed trees, and irritating commutes home. 

Oh, and delayed flights. 

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Cops Will Pay You For Your Gun

Posted By on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 4:11 PM

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Just as news broke of a school shooting in Portland today, a coalition of various anti-gun organizations gathered at City Hall in San Francisco to talk about how to rid the streets of guns. Their next plan: a gun buyback event tomorrow morning.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., gun owners can hand in their firearms, no questions asked. Head over to United Playaz, 1038 Howard St., and collect $100 for every gun turned over; $200 will be given for assault rifles. No one will be arrested. No IDs need to be shown. 

The goal is simple and obvious: eliminate gun violence. 

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Large Marijuana Grow House Busted in the Bayview

Posted By on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 3:33 PM

The 1700 block of Palou Street in the Bayview District. - GOOGLE MAPS
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  • The 1700 block of Palou Street in the Bayview District.

Police stormed an illegal grow house in the Bayview District Tuesday where more than 200 marijuana plants and "elaborate" hydroponics equipment were stashed.

San Francisco police attempted to serve a search warrant at the grow house located on the 1700 block of Palou Street. But when they arrived, a man ran to the door, peeked out, then slammed it shut on them, according to police reports. 

That didn't stop the cops. Officers entered the home anyhow, and arrested five people on narcotics cultivation charges and conspiracy.

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San Francisco Police Bracing for Heavy Weekend of Protest

Posted By on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 2:32 PM

A big weekend approaches... - MICHAEL BARBA
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  • A big weekend approaches...
Cops fear demonstrators may go after Union Square Christmas Tree

The so-called Stormpocalypse did little to wash away the rage or concern or fear or opportunism or whatever it is that's compelling thousands of Bay Area residents to take to the streets as of late. San Francisco police officers have had their scheduled off-days canceled this weekend in anticipation. 

The San Francisco Police Department is anticipating a full weekend of protest events, with no fewer than three scheduled for Saturday alone. At 12:15 p.m. tomorrow, police are expecting a "March Against Racist Police Brutality" to convene at Union Square. Within the department, SF Weekly is told, the worry is that marchers will assail the large Christmas Tree.

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Blind Vet's Guide Dog Banned From VA Hospital

Posted By on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Matthew Easton's dog Chestnut isn't just his buddy — he's his eyesight.

Easton, an Air Force veteran who served from 2001-2005, lost most of his vision due to an eye disease. Chestnut is Easton's guide dog. With his faithful companion by his side, Easton is able to get around his neighborhood in San Luis Obispo. Chestnut also guides Easton from Central California to the VA Hospital in San Francisco's Outer Richmond District, where he receives medical treatment for his eyes. 

But recently, the VA Hospital delivered some not-so-welcoming news, telling Easton that he could no longer bring Chestnut into the eye exam room at the hospital. 

"I was told by the Patient Advocate Office as well as the eye clinic that the only option was to have a family member or a friend watch my dog for me during my exam," Easton told SF Weekly. "I was told if that wan't an option that I was to call Animal Control and have them take my guide dog to the shelter at my own expense just for the short duration of my appointment."

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Cops Look for Driver Who Critically Injured Woman in Hit-And-Run Collision

Posted By on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 2:05 PM

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San Francisco police are looking for a driver who struck a 60-year-old woman early this morning and left the scene.

The senior was walking in a crosswalk at Turk and Jones streets at 12:39 a.m. when a white car hit her from behind.

The victim was transported to San Francisco General Hospital with a fractured skull. She remains in life-threatening condition. 

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Ronnie Hyson Identified as Man Shot to Death in Tenderloin

Posted By on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Medical authorities this morning said it was 55-year-old Ronnie Hyson who was murdered in the Tenderloin Thursday. 

Police were called out to the 200 block of Hyde Street just before 1 a.m. yesterday on reports of gunfire. When they arrived, they found Hyson shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

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