New SF Shooting Prompts Call For Investigation, Review Board

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Activists have called for the formation of a civilian review board and an FBI investigation following the latest San Francisco police shooting of a suspect.

Meanwhile,  the man who was fatally shot by police on Saturday after allegedly opening fire on officers in the city’s Bayview District has been identified by the medical examiner’s office as Kenneth Harding, a 19-year-old convicted child rapist.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

Groups including the Idriss Stelley Foundation, SF Education Not Incarceration and the SF Bayview National Black Newspaper will gather Monday to issue a call for change in response to the shooting, said Mesha Irizarry, executive director of the Idriss Stelly Foundation.

The groups also want to see District Attorney George Gascon removed from the investigation, saying he has a conflict of interest since he was once chief of police, said Irizarry, who is also a member of San Francisco’s marijuana oversight committee.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

Harding, 19, had been detained by patrol officers doing fare inspections at a San Francisco Municipal Railway light-rail stop at Third Street and Palou Avenue at about 4:45 p.m. Saturday, police said.

Police said Harding ran from the officers and pulled out a handgun and shot at them as they chased him. At least one of the officers returned fire and wounded Harding. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7:01 p.m.

No police officers were injured. The officers involved in the shooting had been conducting the fare inspections while they were stationed in the area as part of an increased police presence in response to recent shootings in the neighborhood, police said.

Amateur video footage of the exchange showed that a passerby picked up Harding’s handgun after the shootout and took it from the area before investigators were able to establish a crime scene, police said.

But with the help of witnesses, police were able to identify the person who took the gun, and recovered it Sunday afternoon.

The shooting is the third involving San Francisco police since early June. On June 7, officers fatally shot a suspected Southern California bank robber near Buena Vista Park after he allegedly tried to run them over with his car.

On June 29, police shot and wounded a wanted parolee after he shot at officers near Gough and Ellis streets, according to police.

The shooting has already triggered one impromptu demonstration, which took place shortly before 1 a.m. in the Mission District. An angry crowd gathered near 16th and Valencia streets for a walking demonstration.

Supervisor Malia Cohen on Saturday issued a statement expressing sympathy for the family of the man killed and urging anyone with information to contact the police.

“I intend to review the results of the internal investigation from the police department to ensure department protocol was followed,” Cohen said.

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  1. mechanic says:

    Please take the time to check out this link from a Seattle newspaper before making statements about the character of the alleged “victim” in this police shooting. You may be quite surprised to learn some of the facts.

    http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Pimp-shot-to-death-linked-to-Tanaya-Gilbert-1470709.php

  2. dmm says:

    So someone picked up the gun to hide it and make the cops looked as if they had shot an innocent citizen, Only in the Bayview.

  3. HP acitivist beater says:

    The foundations and the “activists” are the reason why Hunters Point is a crime-ridden cesspool. The support they provide child molesters, murderers, rapists, thieves, drug dealers and pimps is why Hunters Point will always be the worst place in the country. They don’t care about human beings. They only care about the money criminals pay them for protection from the police.
    These “activists” give their kids to pimps to sell and help the drug dealers sell their drugs to kids.
    THEY SHOULD ALL BE SHOT IN THE HEAD AND THROWN AWAY IN THE DUMP!

  4. Trudy Sanders says:

    If you shoot at someone with a gun of their own, is it a surprise that you get shot ?

  5. VoiceOfReason says:

    These “Activist Groups” play the race card every chance they get. It’s just as bad as any kind of racism or prejudice.

  6. Spiker says:

    The “activists” and Bayview-Hunters Point deserve each other. LoL. Meanwhile the rest of us move on, with one fewer clear and present danger to society.

  7. SF says:

    It’s so irritating to see these people pull the race card every time one of their own is shot by a non black person. This guy was wanted in another state for murder and is a parolee for being a child molester. There is also video showing that he DID have a gun. Really people get over it. Justice was served and it’s time to move on.

  8. mythreeCents says:

    Irony is that the punks in the Hood shooting the video to make the cops look bad on Youtube in fact helped the Cops. Good job. Keep them cell phones rolling. The fact that they would take a gun from a crime scene goes to show you next time we should believe the Cops even if they do not find a gun based on history.

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