Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 49 / 7 December 2017
 

Dozens arrested in anti-police protest that hit Castro

Dozens of protesters were arrested last night (Tuesday, July 19) in an anti-police march that included the Castro and other San Francisco neighborhoods.

The marchers were angered by officers shooting to death Kenneth Harding in the Bayview district Saturday, July 16. Police have said Harding shot at officers first.

Officer Albie Esparza, a police spokesman, said that a total of 43 people were arrested in connection with Tuesday’s protest.

Marchers started at about 6 p.m. after gathering in Dolores Park and made their way to the Castro, where they vandalized the Bank of America at 18th and Castro streets. They then traveled to the neighborhood’s underground Muni station, where they threw smoke bombs. They also vandalized the station, Esparza said.

Protesters also threw a hammer at officers as they passed Mission Police Station. No officers were struck or injured.

From the Castro, the marchers traveled down Market Street, disrupting Muni service and other traffic. They eventually made their way to Powell and Market streets.

Two arrests for battery were made, Esparza said. One was after a news media camera operator was assaulted. Another arrest was made for an assault in the Castro, Esparza said.

Esparza didn’t have the names of the people arrested for battery.

He said the Castro assault involved “some kind of physical scuffle,” but he didn’t know the details. He didn’t know which media outlet the cameraperson worked for.

Esparza said he hasn’t been notified of any severe injuries. “I don’t believe anyone was hospitalized or required medical treatment,” he said. He couldn’t disclose the assault victims’ names.

Demonstrators were repeatedly warned to leave the roadway and to return to the sidewalk.  When they refused to comply, officers made numerous arrests, Esparza said.

Of the 43 people arrested, 17 were San Francisco residents. One of the people arrested was from another state, according to Esparza.

Since the arrests were for misdemeanor charges, offenders were cited and released.

Police said this week that an analysis of evidence collected from Harding’s hands revealed that gunshot residue was present on Harding’s right hand.  The residue supports statements from witnesses that Harding held the gun in his right hand as he fired at officers, police said.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, July 20, 2011 @ 3:52 pm PST
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