Questions stay about SFPD hill bomb response

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – The San Francisco Police Fee held a gathering Wednesday to debate the investigation into the hill bomb mass arrest. Police shared bodycam footage of a few of the violence they encountered. Dad and mom are nonetheless enraged with the way it was all dealt with.

Dad and mom and group members need police to be held accountable for the way the youngsters had been handled whereas being detained on the hill bomb. There are experiences of most prices being dropped by the DA, however dad and mom of children arrested say in any other case. 

The physique cam footage confirmed SFPD’s response on July 8 on the Dolores Park hill bomb. Greater than 80 officers responded to the unsanctioned occasion.

It ended with 81 youngsters and 32 adults arrested with a tactic known as “encircling,” which is confining a mass group in a single space and never letting them go away. Police Chief Invoice Scott says they had been ready for a Muni bus to take all of the detainees to the police station. Individuals say it took greater than 4 hours, with no contact with dad and mom. 

“We noticed kettling of younger individuals, not letting them go pee, individuals having to pee in buckets,” stated Kevin Ortiz, the San Francisco Latinx Democratic Membership President. “We wouldn’t deal with canine this fashion. We definitely wouldn’t deal with our youngsters this fashion.”

One 15-year-old boy was scootering with mates and stumbled upon the hill bomb simply earlier than 9 p.m., his mom stated.

“They requested the policemen the place ought to we go, the police pointed, stated, ‘Go that approach.’ They had been detained. They had been informed to remain. They weren’t allowed to name us. They had been zip-tied and compelled to stick with an enormous group of children till 1 within the morning,” stated the boy’s mom. 

The remedy and technique of arresting youngsters remains to be being investigated. A prolonged dialogue in regards to the police response was held on the police fee assembly Wednesday night time. Chief Scott broke down the timeline of occasions.

“After so many warnings, in case you are right here no matter your objective you’re violating the legislation,” he stated.

Police slowed down the video to clarify why they reacted the best way they did, exhibiting glass bottles and fireworks thrown at officers.

“It was a really harmful scenario,” Scott stated. “Individuals giggle at, ‘Oh, it’s only a firework.’ It’s not so humorous once you lose your listening to completely and also you misplaced your profession. It’s not humorous when fingers are blown off.”

Chief Scott additionally says weapons had been recovered from the scene. Police commissioners questioned Chief Scott and if juvenile arrest protocol was actually adopted.

The Division of Police Accountability remains to be investigating all of the complaints and is engaged on getting extra of the bodycam video, however there’s a lot to comb by way of. They are going to be investigating if the arrests had been lawful and if the police processed the youngsters in response to coverage.

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