October 12, 1989 |
The head of San Francisco's Police Commission has called for an investigation into published reports that a longtime police critic was tracked by a police computer. Police Commission President Louis Giraudo said the police activities reported in the San Francisco Examiner did not appear to involve standard procedure.
October 13, 1989 |
A long line of angry witnesses appeared before the San Francisco Police Commission and charged that police used excessive force during a violent confrontation in the city's predominantly gay Castro District. Members of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP)--the group that organized last Friday's march--accused the police of having deliberately provoked the violence after a march to protest the government's policies on AIDS.
August 17, 1988
San Francisco city officials have offered a $17,312 settlement to pay a blind woman for her humiliation after she was forced by a policeman to clean up after her guide dog. Raygena Harper, a 25-year-old stockbroker, sued the city over the September, 1985, incident. She said she would accept the settlement offer from the city attorney's office, which also must be approved by the Board of Supervisors. The officer, Aaron Barnes, a 22-year police veteran, said, "I was just doing my job. . . .
January 25, 1991 |
Dolores Huerta, the labor leader critically injured by baton-swinging police officers during a 1988 protest, will receive $825,000 if a record settlement is approved by city officials. The San Francisco Police Commission's settlement offer would be the largest police misconduct settlement ever in the city, if approved by the Board of Supervisors and signed by Mayor Art Agnos.
July 10, 1993 |
City officials on Friday blamed equipment overload, a shift change and the absence of a fail-safe emergency computer system for the 4 minutes and 4 seconds it took to send police to last week's high-rise shooting. A faster response time probably would not have prevented the deaths of eight people and the injury of six others, authorities said.
July 21, 1997 |
In a city where questioning authority is a civic sport, where street demonstrations are an everyday event, and where activists will even pack Library Commission hearings to denounce public officials, it has never been easy to be a cop. But lately, officers say, it has become nightmarish. Tensions are so high that one police union official calls his city the toughest place in the nation to be pounding a beat.