More Than Half Arrested In SFPD Protest From Outside City

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco police said Wednesday that more than half of the 43 people arrested during Tuesday evening’s protest over a fatal police shooting last weekend were not city residents.

The demonstration was in response to the fatal shooting Saturday of 19-year-old Kenneth Harding Jr., who allegedly ran from police and fired at officers who had attempted to detain him while conducting fare enforcement at a San Francisco Municipal Railway light-rail stop in the city’s Bayview District.

The rally began around 5 p.m. with about 150 people gathering at Dolores Park, followed by a march that began about an hour later through the city’s Castro and Mission districts before proceeding down Market Street to Powell Street.

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Protesters were repeatedly warned by officers to leave the roadway and to return to the sidewalk, and they were arrested when they refused to comply, police said.

The protesters were then taken away from the scene and cited for failure to obey a lawful order to disperse by a law enforcement officer.

Of the 43 people arrested for the protest violations, 26 were not city residents, including one who was not from California, according to police.

One person was also arrested for assaulting a CBS 5 photographer, while another was arrested on suspicion of an assault in the Castro, police said.

At one point while protesters were walking past the Mission Police Station, one threw a hammer at officers, but no one was injured, according to police.

The rally and march was the latest in a series of protests in the days since Saturday’s shooting. A town hall meeting to discuss the case is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Bayview Opera House at 4705 Third St.

Police Chief Greg Suhr and Supervisor Malia Cohen are among the speakers expected to attend the meeting.

Critics of the shooting have pointed to amateur video footage of the aftermath of the exchange that they said showed Harding did not receive medical treatment immediately after the shooting despite several officers being in the area.

Some have even questioned whether Harding had a gun or if he fired at the officers.

Police have said that one of the videos taken at the scene showed a passerby picking up what investigators believe is Harding’s gun and taking it from the area before police could set up the crime scene. A gun has since been found at a local parolee’s house, but police have not confirmed whether that was the gun involved in the shooting.

On Tuesday, police also said analysis of evidence collected from Harding’s right hand revealed gunshot residue, supporting statements from the officers and several eyewitnesses that he fired at them prior to being shot.

Harding, a Seattle resident, was a person of interest in a shooting in that city last week that killed a 19-year-old pregnant woman and injured three other people, police said.

He was on parole in Washington State after serving part of a 22-month sentence for attempting to promote the prostitution of a 14-year-old girl, and was in violation of his parole by being in San Francisco, according to police.

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  • Buffy DeASSkicker

    Seriously, the black community raises up to protest the shooting of a child rapist and murderer who attempted to murder police officers who were simply doing their job? The African-American community needs to start addressing the REAL threat to their community; AIDS, drugs, domestic and gang violence. Just like racists who target people for violence and discrimination based on the color of their skin, you have people defending vial criminals SIMPLY because the color of their skin. If this was a WHITE person who had raped black children and murdered a black person there would have been SILENCE from the black community. SIMPLE RULES OF CIVILIZED CONDUCT: Don’t pull a gun and shoot at ANYONE, especially if they’re police officers who are simply asking you to prove you paid the fare to ride muni.

    • Sam Mallory

      Ironic how they use racism as there balance of power only to to be racist in the act of it.

  • annibeth

    These protesters have no idea on how disobedient they are proving to be when they are in support of dangerous criminals who have no right to have access to weapons. Too many innocent civilians have been killed by criminals who are continually being armed illegally and who should not have the right to get access to dangerous weapons. Guns have no pace in the hands of criminals, yet these ignorant protesters are just out o touch to what goes in in their mind. Have they not read the obituary o innocent civilians whose lives were unjustly taken by criminals with dangerous weapons? THe police do have the power and the authority to shoot at anybody who threatens the life of an officer by engaging in a gun battle.

  • Richard Boyle

    Please accept my apology on behalf of San Francisco for this abominable carrying-on.

  • taxpayer

    SF can ill afford these fiascos. No city should in these hard economic times, nor anytime. The dead thug won’t now cost taxpayers room and board, free medical and dental. Now, this garbage that blew in, and half not even from the city…those arrested should be fined to recoup the monies to SF taxpayers …they can’t pay? Well community service cleaning streets would be a great start. Past time for this waste of taxpayer monies, police resources, to end. Get a backbone SF!

  • Zack Debarco

    Between the blacks who think its ok to shoot at the cops, who are not supposed to defend themselves and the anarchist protesters from out of town, SF has become the laughing stock of the rest of the country.

  • Lou

    Wow, I thought it was bad here in Houston but lately it seems there’s a lot of strife in your beautiful city from intruders bent on chaos. What a shame.

  • Allure

    There are so many better causes to stand up for than supporting some thug who was shooting at police in a chase. Further more this guy prostituted a 14 year old girl, suspected of killing his 19 year old girlfriend and shooting 3 others. I think shooting someone in any situation should be a last resort but I think in this situation, the police were totally justified. There are so many other issues the community should stand up for, demand justice or fight for rights, but supporting this cause makes it hard to understand the mindset. And this was just one of the protest they held.

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  • BOB

    jimmy go AWAY!!!!!!!!!

  • The Cryptojournalist

    Is the appearance of out-of-towners meant to diminish the validity of this protest?

    If I’m not mistaken, it is legal to protest away from your hometown, right?

    • smketr

      Yes, it does diminish the validity of the protest, if it indeed had one from the beginning. You see when you professional protesters show up, you lesson the voice of the community at large due to your foolishness and often times down right violence. As soon as the public sees store owner’s businesses being destroyed and the press being attacked, etc., people are no longer willing to listen to what you may have to say. The only thing they see are thugs taking to the streets to commit acts of violence on people and public property. So, the unintended consequence of your protest does choke off the communities voice before they ever get a word out. When something of a tragic nature occurs in our communities such as this, folks don’t need your assistance, you guys just show up on your own. Nobody that I know of invites you people into their communities. You morons seem to appear like some sort of ugly infestation that shows up whenever there is something dead in the roadway. And then what you do is feed on the carcass, and leave the mess for everyone else to clean up. One of these days you guys are going to show up in the wrong hood and you are going to find yourselfs in desperate need of police assistance.

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