[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of September 19, 2014. To be added to the station's mailing list, email email@example.com.]
CAPTAIN SIMON SILVERMAN’S MESSAGE
“The problem with information on the internet is that you can’t always depend on its accuracy.” – Abraham Lincoln, November 1863
Technology has made information more accessible, but not necessarily more accurate. It’s very easy for a private individual to make an inaccurate comment on the internet (accidentally or intentionally). Most of us have seen examples where such an inaccurate comment is taken as the truth and it sets off a whole chain of responses.
We are going to continue to put our energy into publishing a useful newsletter instead of trying to set the record straight every time someone makes an inaccurate internet comment about a police matter in the Richmond District. I have faith that our readers can judge the merits of blog comments, tweets etc. for themselves.
Our next community meeting will be on Tuesday 09-16-2014 at 6:00PM in the Community Room at Richmond Station: 461 6th Ave.
In reference to a question in the comment section of a post on the RICHMONDSFBLOG.COM
Q: RichmondResident said (09/13/14; 12:39 pm): Where’s the story about the cyclist who was killed by a driver at Clement and 31st on Wednesday?
A: We have researched this incident and contacted the Officer who took the initial collision report. It was troubling to me that we were being asked about a fatal collision of which I was unaware. I am glad to say that the incident did not result in a fatality as stated by “RichmondResident”. It so happens that the victim suffered a broken bone in the shoulder area and was transported to hospital.
NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
On 09/12/2014, at 1:41 am, Officers on patrol in the area of 24th and Geary observed a vehicle fail to stop for the red light at the intersection. Officers also noted that the vehicle was fitted with lights which are not approved for use by the DMV. The officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver. The officers noticed the driver appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. They conducted a DUI investigation which resulted in the arrest of the male driver at the county jail.
On 09/12/2014, at 11:11 pm, officers responded to the 400 block of 24th Ave, regarding a report of a loud house party. The caller indicated that this was an ongoing issue at the location. As the officers arrived at the scene they observed a male who was under age with an open bottle of alcohol outside the location. The officers initiated contact and requested that the male identify himself with an ID. The male initially lied about having ID but eventually provided an out of state ID. The male was cited for the violation and released at the scene.
On 09/13/2014, at 5:24 pm, Officers responded to the 200 block of 3rd Ave. regarding a report of a male who wanted to commit “suicide by cop.” The officers responded and requested additional units to the area in an effort to secure the scene. The officers used their department training and initiated the appropriate response protocols for an incident of this type. With the help of outside units the officers secured the general area and made a maximum and immediate effort to protect residents who lived in the area. The male told the dispatcher that he was trained to “shoot center mass” and had sufficient training to kill the responding officers. With the protocols in place within the SFPD, a variety of specialized units arrived to the scene and were able to further secure the area. The SFPD officers who arrived at the scene initially had attempted to gain a rapport with the individual to no avail. A Hostage Negotiation Team member was able to contact the individual and after a period of timer get him to exit the building into custody. Officers searching the premise did recover a handgun which was seized and booked into evidence. None of the local residents, the responding police, medical units or the male were injured during this incident. The male was transported from the scene for evaluation.
On 09/13/2014, at 10:42 pm, Officers responded to the 500 block of 20th Ave. regarding a report of a robbery. On arrival at the scene they contacted the victim who stated he had been struck over the head with a black revolver. The victim in this incident refused any medical assistance and was able to provide the responding officers with a detailed description of the suspects. The suspects demanded everything the victim had on his person and then ordered the victim to south on 20th Ave and not look back. The investigation continues….
On 09/14/2014, at 7:25 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of 26th and Fulton observed a bicyclist committing an infraction and initiated a contact with him. During their contact the officers discovered that the cyclist was in possession of a quantity of suspected methamphetamine. The officers tested the substance and discovered that it showed a positive result. The cyclist was later booked at the county jail for multiple violations.
On 09/15/2014, at 11:18 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of California and Scott St. saw a vehicle which was parked in a crosswalk with three occupants aboard. The officers stopped their vehicle and contacted the driver and passengers. One of the officers observed a weapon which was next to the front passenger area and another in the rear behind the driver. The officer requested backup and when they arrived they fully detained the occupants of the vehicle. One of the occupants had a long criminal history and had six outstanding warrants for his arrest. A search of the vehicle revealed a quantity of methamphetamine. The driver was booked at the county jail for possession and his warrants.
On 09/15/2014, at 10:21 pm, Officers responded to a report of a suspicious person which was called in by a concerned citizen. On arrival in the area the officers saw a male who matched the description provided by dispatch and the contacted him. As they were interviewing the male he provided them with a false name which the officers were sure was not him. Eventually the male provided them with his real name and while conducting a warrants check the found out he had an outstanding warrant. The male was discovered to be in possession of tools which are common to auto burglary suspects. The male was booked at county jail on multiple violations.
On 09/16/2014, at 2:01 am, Officers on patrol in the area of La Playa and Cabrillo St. observed three males who appeared to be waiting for a Muni Bus. What drew the attention of the officers was the fact that the males matched the description of the suspects involved in robberies both in the Richmond and other districts. The males were noted to match the description exactly which was provided regarding the other cases. The officers decided to contact the males and while doing so noticed the males were getting agitated and appeared ready to flee. The officers using techniques which they learned in the academy successfully detained them and then discovered a “BB Gun” which appeared to be “very realistic.” Responding officers assisted and helped in the identification and transportation of the males who were booked into jail for multiple robberies across the city.
On 09/16/2014, at 3:40 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of Fulton St. and 35th Ave. observed two males cycling on the sidewalk. The officers contacted the males regarding the violations and initiated a criminal history check. One of the cyclists came back with an outstanding warrant for his arrest. One individual was cited for cycling on the side walk while his friend was also cited for the same and then booked at county jail on the outstanding warrant.Crime | 9 comments