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Judge tosses assault case against man shot by SF police - The San Francisco Examiner

Judge tosses assault case against man shot by SF police - The San Francisco Examiner

The assault case against a man who was shot by San Francisco police after authorities say he attacked an officer with a glass bottle has been dismissed over a technical issue, prosecutors said Tuesday.Jamaica Hampton, 25, has been facing assault, battery and resisting arrest charges over the 2019 incident in the Mission District since last December, when the District Attorney’s Office against both him and Christopher Flores, one of the two officers who shot at him.But San Francisco Superior Court Judge Eric Fleming dismissed the charges against Hampton on Friday after defense attorneys...

Apr 20
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Nuru scandal: Feds charge second former Recology executive with bribery - The San Francisco Examiner

Nuru scandal: Feds charge second former Recology executive with bribery - The San Francisco Examiner

A Recology employee stands at the comapany’s recycling facility on Pier 96 in 2016. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)Federal authorities have charged a second former Recology executive in connection with an alleged $20,000 bribe to ex-Public Works head Mohammed Nuru that authorities say was disguised as a donation to a nonprofit for children.John Porter, the former vice president for trash company Recology, is the in the ongoing public corruption investigation into San Francisco City Hall that has implicated a number of city officials and contractors.Porter, 37, was charged with...

Apr 15
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Man faces attempted murder charges over shooting with AR-15 style rifle - The San Francisco Examiner

Man faces attempted murder charges over shooting with AR-15 style rifle - The San Francisco Examiner

Shortly after his release from federal prison, a 24-year-old man from San Francisco is back in custody after authorities say he fired an assault rifle into an occupied vehicle and nearly killed the driver.Evonta Bailey has a long history of arrests dating back to his troubled teens growing up in Bayview-Hunters Point, court records show. An alleged gang affiliate and convicted felon, he was serving time until last November for illegally carrying a firearm on two occasions, including at the 2019 Pride Parade.Then last month, police identified Bailey as the shooter in a March 18 road-rage...

Apr 6
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Former lab worker arrested with evidence bag faces theft charges - The San Francisco Examiner

Former lab worker arrested with evidence bag faces theft charges - The San Francisco Examiner

A former lab worker for the Medical Examiner’s Office who was arrested with an evidence bag of suspected methamphetamine while driving in Utah last summer surrendered to authorities in San Francisco on Thursday on newly filed theft charges.The of Justin Volk last August spurred a wide-sweeping review of cases by the District Attorney’s Office to determine whether the former forensic laboratory analyst had tainted any criminal cases during his 13 years processing evidence.Volk, 40, is now facing two misdemeanor charges after prosecutors determined the methamphetamine found during his arrest...

Mar 25
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Nuru scandal soils Department of the Environment - The San Francisco Examiner

Nuru scandal soils Department of the Environment - The San Francisco Examiner

Recology officials have said they notified the S.F. Public Works and Environment deparments in 2018 that they miscalculated revenues in a rate request, causing customers to be overcharged for garbage pickup. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)A new department is being drawn into City Hall’s corruption scandal after the company with a monopoly on trash collection in San Francisco admitted to overcharging its customers for more than three years.While other agencies have come under fire, San Francisco’s Department of the Environment has gone unscathed in the year since federal authorities...

Mar 13
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Nuru scandal: Ex-official Sandra Zuniga to plead guilty, cooperate with feds - The San Francisco Examiner

Nuru scandal: Ex-official Sandra Zuniga to plead guilty, cooperate with feds - The San Francisco Examiner

Former city official Sandra Zuniga has agreed to become the latest defendant to plead guilty in the City Hall corruption scandal and cooperate with the ongoing investigation, court records revealed Tuesday.Zuniga lost her jobs as the head of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services and director of the Public Works Fix-It Team last June after being charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering.Prosecutors said she deposited funds into her bank account that her romantic partner, former Public Works head Mohammed Nuru, had obtained illegally. She then allegedly used the funds toward...

Mar 9
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SF police return officer to patrol despite false testimony - The San Francisco Examiner

SF police return officer to patrol despite false testimony - The San Francisco Examiner

A San Francisco police officer accused of fabricating a reason for arresting a man is back on patrol even after a federal judge tossed a case over his false testimony, the San Francisco Examiner has learned.Officer Nicholas M. Buckley was placed on desk duty while awaiting the outcome of an administrative investigation after U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer found his March 2016 testimony in a federal gun case was “entirely” contradicted by surveillance video.Buckley testified that a man named Brandon Simpson had his hands concealed as he walked away from an illegal dice game in the...

Feb 25
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Police Commission rejects budget proposal to lay off 11 percent of officers - The San Francisco Examiner

Police Commission rejects budget proposal to lay off 11 percent of officers - The San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco’s Police Commission unanimously rejected a budget proposal late Wednesday that called for laying off 11 percent of officers to help meet an anticipated $37 million loss in city funding.The San Francisco Police Department based the proposed cuts on instructions from Mayor London Breed to prepare for a 7.5 percent reduction in general fund support because of the pandemic.Police Chief Bill Scott said the department could not withstand any further cuts without laying off personnel. The SFPD already cancelled academy classes, closed all vacancies and lost overtime during the last...

Feb 18
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SF police consider laying off 11 percent of officers - The San Francisco Examiner

SF police consider laying off 11 percent of officers - The San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco police are facing possible budget cuts that could result in 167 officers — or 11 percent of the force — and 43 civilians being laid off as the pandemic prompts city departments to tighten their belts.The San Francisco Police Department is anticipating a nearly $37 million reduction in support from The City’s general fund under its two-year budget being presented Wednesday to the Police Commission.The possible reduction could mean layoffs for a department that already to its overtime spending, academy classes and vacant positions amid calls to defund the police during the last...

Feb 17
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‘Prolific’ offenders help drive 46% surge in SF burglaries - The San Francisco Examiner

‘Prolific’ offenders help drive 46% surge in SF burglaries - The San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco police are having trouble keeping up with a roughly 46 percent surge in home and commercial burglaries this year that authorities suspect is being driven in part by chronic offenders.Officers have cleared less than 12 percent of burglary cases this year as of Sunday compared to about 16 percent at this time last year, with reports of burglaries swelling from 4,715 to 6,895 during the same time frame, according to released by the San Francisco Police Department.While FBI crime data from 2019 shows the 12 percent clearance rate is still in line with other U.S. cities of...

Dec 17
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