SF Muni Drivers Face Violent Attacks After Fatal Police Shooting

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Community outrage over the fatal police shooting of a fleeing murder suspect who allegedly fired at San Francisco police officers after fare inspectors tried to check the Muni transfer has led to several attacks against Muni drivers and vehicles, Muni officials said Tuesday.

Two drivers were assaulted and several buses pelted with heavy objects during protests in the Bayview Sunday, said Tom Nolan, chairman of the Municipal Transportation Agency.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

One of the drivers suffered minor injuries, and smashed windows on two of the buses will cost Muni about $1,000 to replace.

Nolan said Muni would not tolerate threats to its drivers or other attacks against any of its personnel.

“Violence of any sort just totally crosses the line, and we need to do whatever we can to prevent that from happening,” he said.

Nolan said the apparently retaliatory attacks happened at a time when street demonstrations for the shooting of 19-year-old Kenneth Harding forced Muni to stop running light rail cars on the T Third line and replace them with Muni buses.

Harding was shot at about 4:45 p.m. after running from officers who had taken him off a Muni light-rail vehicle at Third Street and Palou Avenue for suspected fare evasion, according to police.

During the chase, Harding, a Seattle resident, allegedly pulled out a handgun and shot at the pursuing officers, police said. Two officers returned fire, wounding Harding. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7:01 p.m., police said.

Police said Harding was a person of interest in a shooting in Seattle last Wednesday that killed a 19-year-old woman and injured three other people.

He had been released on parole in April after serving part of a 22-month sentence for attempting to promote prostitution in a case that involved a 14-year-old victim, and by being in San Francisco he was in violation of his parole, police Lt. Hector Sainez said.

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One Comment

  1. witzundlanchen says:

    it looks like more people want to be shot…how dare you protest a just shooting with violence!

  2. oldfart says:

    Muni should take the same position as the post office. if a dog on one block can not be controlled, the entire block loses their mail deliveries. The same for Muni, if one block/area has more than one violent crime per month then the service is terminated for all for 30 days.

    1. JaneQPublic says:

      Let me understand this:

      A guy didn’t pay his fare, so he was LEGITIMATELY stopped for questioning by two SFPD officers.
      Guy runs, has a gun, shoots at police and endangers EVERYONE.
      Police shoot back, wounding/killing the guy.

      And now other people in the ‘hood are attacking MUNI ????

      Why? Because they don’t want to pay bus fare either?!

      That is just CRAZY. Apparently a LOT of folks there have brains that are too scrambled to think logically.

      I totally agree with ‘oldfart’ – STOP MUNI SERVICE to that area.

      1. richard says:

        Ms. Jane if you had had as many kids of yours killed (read Oscar Grant) like dogs you would react the same so backoff

      2. BOB says:

        richard, he was a DOG, he got what he desirved!!!

  3. Becky says:

    i grew up in the neighborhood and i feel the embarrassing troublemakers, causing the commotion, are obviously not doing it because they actually believe a mistake was made but are doing it because that is the kind of person/people they are. if the victim of the shooting would have paid his fare and proved it, because there is a crackdown due to the fake transfers, instead of pulling a gun, because he was on the run, this incident may have been prevented. another life taken and yet instead of trying to improve on the processes you have idiots giving our city a bad name. half of these muni drivers grew up here. they didn’t sign up to be cops, they don’t have guns in holsters…give them a break!!

  4. PO says:

    I don’t understand why the cops chased the guy over a muni ticket that cost 2 bucks. There is something wrong here, and its not the dead guy.

    1. po is a moron says:

      The guy was a murderer, child molester, thief, killed a unborn child and you don’t understand? What don’t you understand? Are you really that FvCKIN’ STUPID?
      What’s wrong is that morons like you weren’t aborted before birth. Do the world a favor and don’t have any offspring. We don’t need and more brain-dead idiots like you! You’re the reason abortions are legal.

    2. What? says:

      So anything under $2 is free. Free for everyone or only gun handlers? So if your prouduct is under $2 give it away that is the law. That will work.

    3. hmm says:

      I dont understand why the guy chose to run in the first place

    4. DM says:

      PO, even serious criminals commit minor infractions!

      Timothy McVey was identified because he had been stopped for a minor traffic violation. If the plice don’t enforce the seemingly “non-serious” offenses, then what would have happened if they had let him go and he raped another viictim?

      By your logic, nobody who commits petty crimes could ever be apotential danger to society.

  5. Wambo32 says:

    Hooray for the San Francisco Police Department.
    Another justified shooting.
    We need to take back our streets from these gangster thugs.
    Crime does not pay!!

  6. Tours Martel says:

    Apparently not all the animals are at the zoo. Since the late great State of California can’t afford to imprison all these folks, how about contracting the service out to a more efficient provider? I suggest we sell them to Texas, a state with a full service death penalty. Or, if that’s too harsh, how about Alabama, with its roadside chain gangs? August in Alabama will cool their temper tantrums down.

  7. catinca says:

    Stop the bus service. Why should a muni driver risk there lives for these fools?

  8. Rodger says:

    And if the cops had done nothing and this thug was pimping out their 14-year-old daughter, these protesters would be blaming the cops for that. And blaming MUNI drivers for giving him a free ride into the neighborhood to be shooting and killing their pregnant 19-year-old cousin.

    You’ve really got to wonder about someone defending a murderer-pimp-rapist-parole violator !

    Is that who you want to have hanging out on your streetcorner?

    Is that someone you identify with?

    Have a lot in common with?

    Share ideals with?

    Want your kids to be like when they grow up? IF they have a chance to grow up?

  9. Dany says:

    had the victim been Hispanic the people of that area would be jumping with joy!!

    1. Just Saying says:

      not true we love our brown brothers too.!!!!

  10. DM says:

    So now the “psychos” who are mourning the death of a child rapist are taking their anger out on bus drivers??????

    That certainly gives credibility to their views, doesn’t it? Is it safe to assume that all of them voted for Nancy Pelosi?

  11. DM says:

    My guess is that if these lunatics kill a Muni employee, you’ll see them trying to rationalize it as “justice”.

    Its scary to think that people like this are actuially allowed to vote!

  12. William Patrick Mosely says:

    How did that maggot get out of Washington? And those who think that a convicted rapist didn’t die the way he lived, may I suggest a brain scan? Or are just looking for excuses to take your anger out on innocent MUNI drivers. Grow up!!!

  13. Ptery Lieght says:

    This is an interesting article, since it is not full of folks who have ever been harrassed by the cops. I imagine that eveyone here is white.
    I think there are a lot of angry folks, and they need to be angry.. I don’t trust the report. I also don’t agree that muni drivers or the bus system should be attacked, but I don’t immediately agree with the cops. How could the man fired on them, and not gotten shot in the front of his body???? It is hard if not impossible to fire over the shoulder while running the other way, and then get all ten shots in the back.

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