Patrol Special officer
injured in Christmas melee
by Heather Cassell
Christmas morning wasn't merry for San Francisco Patrol Special Police Officer Jane Warner, who suffered a broken arm during an altercation with a man who was subsequently arrested on a variety of charges.
Taken into custody was James Crayton McCullough, 60, of San Francisco. McCullough was later released on bail, but the district attorney's office will be asking that he be remanded at his arraignment today (Thursday, December 31).
Brian Buckelew, director of legal affairs and public information for the district attorney's office, said Wednesday that McCullough faces nine charges, including assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, battery, two counts of resisting arrest, two counts of criminal threats, and three misdemeanors.
The incident started at around 1:14 a.m. December 25. Warner and Patrol Special Police Officer John Adamsons were checking in with security outside the Cafe when they were approached by a young man who alerted them that a fight was brewing at Trigger, Warner said.
Immediately, Adamsons and Warner crossed Market Street to check out the situation. They found McCullough leaning up against a parked car outside of the trendy club yelling, "fucking assholes," at the doormen, Warner said. McCullough appeared to be intoxicated and she noticed a gash in his head that was bleeding, she said. McCullough became verbally and physically hostile, and attempted to push Warner away from him when she began to ask him if he needed help, Warner told the B.A.R.
Without warning McCullough then charged the doormen. Warner said that she stepped between them and attempted to hold him back while telling him he was under arrest. Within a few moments McCullough attacked Warner. She protected herself with her baton, hitting McCullough twice before she felt his fist on her left arm and she fell to the ground in pain. Warner immediately called for assistance over the police radio, she said.
Police officers and an ambulance quickly arrived at the scene and officers found McCullough handcuffed and yelling, according to the police report obtained by the B.A.R.
McCullough screamed, "I'm going to shoot you, I'm going to kill you fucking cops!" at the police at the scene, according to the report.
Warner, 53, was taken to San Francisco General Hospital.
McCullough allegedly continued resisting arrest, lodging himself into the floor of the patrol car. He attempted to spit at the officers and threatened to kill them as they took him to Mission Station. As officers attempted to book McCullough, he screamed at officers, "I'm going to die in four minutes, so kill me anyway. Motherfucking cops! I am a diabetic."
Police officers took McCullough to San Francisco General Hospital, where he allegedly threatened to kill a nurse and had to be restrained in order to receive treatment, according to the report.
Tough end to tough year
This isn't the way Warner wanted to start 2010. She was happy to be back on her beat patrolling the Castro after spending part of 2009 recovering from ovarian cancer.
"Jane had a tough year in 2009 and no one is more deserving for good luck and good wishes [for the coming year]," said District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty.
"She's so loved. She puts the community's safety ahead of her own," Dufty added.
The district attorney's office will "aggressively investigate the incident," said Dufty, who with Warner and other Castro merchants plan to seek a permanent stay away order for McCullough.
Openly gay Police Commissioner James Hammer, who is a former assistant district attorney, also wished Warner well in her recovery.
"Police work is dangerous whether you are a patrol special or a police officer," said Hammer, who was once a reserve police officer. "Jane and the other patrol specials add a whole other sense of visibility or added security ... hands-on attention to a neighborhood."
Mission Station Captain Greg Corrales said he plans to "step up patrols while Jane is on medical leave" and Warner said additional patrol special police officers will also be on duty.
Warner also writes the B.A.R.'s crime column, which she plans to resume once she has recovered.