SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) – A man shot dead by San Francisco Police in the Bayview district Saturday recently served time in Washington State’s prison system for rape of a child, promotion of prostitution, and several other felony charges, CBS 5 has learned.

“That’s the same guy who was killed,” said Cpt. Mike Biel, commander of the San Francisco Police Department’s investigations division, when CBS 5 reporter Joe Vazquez showed the captain an electronic copy of the rap sheet of 19-year old Kenneth Wade Harding. “We are told he is a ‘person of interest’ in the Seattle case,” Biel said.

According to court documents from Seattle, Harding forced a 14-year old girl from a Seattle street in January, 2010, and drove her to another area where he commanded to get out and sell her body.

When the girl refused, Harding showed her a wad of cash and described it as “‘ho’ money,” wrote Seattle Police Detective Dale Williams in the police report. The girl refused, insisting that she was not a prostitute.

Harding then threw her belongings out of his car and drove off, leaving her in an unfamiliar area, the police report said.

Police said Harding knew the girl and even had sex with her a year prior when she was 13 years old and he was 17. That sex act took place at Harding’s house while he was under home detention for an armed robbery.

The shooting of Harding by police, the third police shooting in San Francisco since June, has caused an outcry among community members.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Comments (80)
  1. Name says:

    What a disgusting human being! He is no victim in this.

    1. [---♣---] says:

      SFPD did him hugh favor..

    2. Star says:

      Shame on each and everyone who said he deserved to die, in this country it is innocent until proven gullty, but if it is a young black man who allegedly was a pimp or raped a child, then he deserves to die? You are as sick as you claim him to be for even saying those hateful things, may god have mercy on your soul because i’m sure you all believe in the same God I do and I will pray for you. Because no one deserves to die like that, and I mean no one, that is why we have a criminal justice system if we just went around killing people that we thought weren’t worthy of living I am sure those of you who made comments who be shot dead to lie in their pool of blood with guns pointed at your head-BOOM!

      1. WhataMaroon says:

        Yeah? I’m sure your story would be the same if it was YOU or your 13 year old daughter that was selected for sexual slavery. PLEASE.

      2. Dave says:

        Star : you need to be the victim of a crime before you wake up and stop defending thugs who just take and never contribute anything – Go back to under the rock you crawled out of and take that fake bible you carry and save it – Most people know your story and can see through your blinders.

      3. d says:

        You’re delusional. I thank the SFPD for taking this dirtbag off our streets, even if it has to be in this manner.

      4. garyblaine says:

        The officers were returning fire on the child rapist. Thank God they did. Guess this is not about justice, right? If he wanted a trial he should not have been firing on the police, he chose his destiny.

      5. steve says:

        people like you. bahh

      6. steve says:

        yay thats $50,000/year saved for tax payers.

      7. ForestFire0 says:

        Star, you are correct that in the U.S. innocence is presumed until guilt is proven. Unfortunetly for your argument, in this case guilt WAS proven and the man was convicted of the crimes of “rape of a child, promotion of prostitution, and several other felony charges.” It’s in the first paragraph of the article. Did you read it, or just jump to the comments section to start arguing?

      8. maxj says:

        Rape a Child=DEATH. in a perfect world, of course.
        If you believe otherwise, may your child be raped.

  2. spiker says:

    nice shot! I hope it entered through the rear of the head and exited between the eyes so that this animal didnt even have time to reflect on his short but dirty life.

  3. cheap as crabs says:

    Thank godness at animal was shot, but sad is he got lucky then that poor girl who is probably dramatized for life.

    1. Jamey JamJam says:

      Is she a Broadway play? Dramatized?

  4. Gia says:

    Leave my boyfriend alone

    1. A Sister says:

      Hopefully, you were just making a very bad joke…But IF this is your choice in boyfriends, I pity you.

  5. beatrice says:

    Sounds like Karma worked great in this instances. Hope he enjoys his time in hell.

  6. Yo! says:

    Good Ridance! Well done SF PD. Keep up the good work.

  7. Jo Woods says:

    Normally I dont side with the punk cops but this sounds like a pretty clean shoot to me. Wow.

  8. 415FOoFoO says:

    I have no complaints that this guy was killed…..

  9. Henry says:

    I love it when I read stories about criminals being killed by the police or by other criminals!!! It saves the community court, jail, and prison money.

    I can’t wait to read about the next Kenneth Harding to be killed. Less victimization and it saves us money.

    Where’s the white people at 16th St. & Mission St. protesting about this lawful killing? And, why didn’t the white people protest aylt 3rd St. & Oakdale St. at 1:00 am?

    1. imnotrich says:

      Yeah but you watch – idiots will riot in support of this career criminal (just like Oscar Grant and Rodney King) and courts will find some way to punish the cops for doing their job and doing it well.

      If the local courts won’t do it, the feds will.

      Just ask the Rodney King cops. Isn’t that double jeopardy?

  10. Chris says:

    Whatever the truth may be in regards to after-the-fact claims that Kenneth Harding was a murder suspect, it has no relevance to the on-the-spot decision by police to fire (multiple times) on a bus fare scofflaw. Murderers are entitled to a trial, not execution in the streets. This extreme excessive force completely undermines community relations with police, is racially divisive, and is all too reminiscent of the BART Cop shooting of the unarmed Oscar Grant (officer released after serving 1 year) and numerous other cases of seemingly unjustified deadly force.

    1. Duh says:

      Chris, You have no clue. Please pick up a book and educate yourself.

      1. Chris says:

        From The Huffington Post:
        A little before 5 p.m. on Saturday, two uniformed SFPD officers were checking for tickets on the T-Third line at a station near the intersection of Third Street and Oakdale Avenue, and stopped Harding for Muni fare evasion. Allegedly, when the officers attempted to detain Harding, he fled on foot and was shot multiple times by police.

        Forget about the other allegations against this young man, the police were unaware of them at the time. He was executed in the street FOR EVADING BUS FARE. He did not have a gun, was not threatening the officers in any way.

        Read past the headlines people, and do your own research. CBS 5 is attempting to cover up the facts of this brutal execution by SFPD.

    2. FedUp says:

      Spend some time out in the real world around human garbage like this. THEN preach your bleeding heart, liberal nonsense.
      I say good riddance. If they need more targets, I can point them in the right direction.

      1. Chris says:

        So if I disagree with police executing a man for bus fare evasion, that makes me a bleeding heart liberal? Hahaha you must be a neo-con then. You probably think it’s ok for Obama to bomb Libya without congress’ aproval too, don’t ya?

      2. Support Cops says:

        PSSSSSST!!! Hey Chris, The cops found the gun that some thug took from the crime scene.

      3. FedUp says:

        Chris, I have no idea what the trendy political buzzword “Neo-con” actually refers to, nor do I care. The fact is that those of us who have to spend time in proximity to human refuse like this loser don’t have a lot of sympathy when they suddenly spring a fatal leak. The officers didn’t shoot him for dodging fares, they shot him for firing a weapon at them. And criminal idiocy, I think. You should leave the house in Dublin or wherever sometime. It might be an eye opener for you.

      4. mike26 says:


        People are so quick to jump to the conclusion that the cops were wrong before knowing all of the facts. First they called the cops liars since they didn’t have a gun. Well, now they found the gun and a video…and the argument is that he was just jumping fare. We’ll, obey the laws and you’re good. Don’t, and get what you deserve.

      5. chris says:

        Well now it is being reported that the suspect was armed and was shooting at police. If this is true then I was misinformed. I was responding to earlier reports that just said that he was shot for running from police.

    3. Chris says:

      I am in no way conding allegations of child rape or murder. The fact is that in America we have courtrooms with judges and juries to handle these matters. And the cops that shot him had no idea who he was or what his past was. They attempted to detain him for BUS FARE EVASION. And when he ran, they decided to give him a public execution.

      1. A Sister says:

        1) SFPD tried to detain the perp for fare evasion
        2) Perp ran, and fired a GUN at cops (endangering everyone who was in the vicinity)
        3) FIRING a gun in a crowd is a felony
        4) Cops had a right to go after him
        5) Firing at cops gave cops the right to fire a) in self-defense and b) to stop a felony in progress
        6) Cops succeeded – LEGALLY
        7) Fact that the perp was a child rapist & suspect (‘person of interest’) in the cold-blooded MURDER of a pregnant young woman (also black, like the perp) was not known and would be irrelevant at the time at the time SFPD fired their shots which brought the perp down

        Bottom Line: Cops were RIGHT ON in this one, Chris. Please get your facts straight. You’re ‘defense’ of this perp is giving the rest of us liberals a bad name.

      2. T says:

        Better than a lynching!!!

    4. Glad he's dead says:

      you are so ignorant.

    5. Carlos says:

      Chris…great line: “And when he ran, they decided to give him a public execution”

      If you think shooting back when someone is shooting at you is a public execution, then there’s not much to discuss. I learned years ago you can’t reason with someone who doesn’t make any sense. Good luck with things.

      1. chris says:

        I was responding to earlier reports that said nothing about the suspect firing at officers.

    6. imnotrich says:

      Oscar Grant was another career criminal. Dangerous to society and beyond “rehabilitation.” Grant got into a fight on BART and later fought with police and got what he deserved. Justice was served and Grant will never, ever harm another human being. Jonas I cant spell his last name did us all a favor. Even though it was “accidental” the bottom line is Grant was violent and only Grant is to blame for what happened to Grant. One less piece of trash on our streets.

      1. FedUp says:

        That BART cop was definitely not qualified to be a police officer, but you’re absolutely right. Grant could not have been shot by him if he wasn’t acting up in the first place. Another case of a person living on the wrong side of the law and misguided people throwing a fit when it backfires on them. His good home-boy caught a couple in Hayward the other day. On his way home from church or volunteer work I’m sure.

    7. SurroundedByMorons says:

      CHRIS. This guy PULLED A GUN AND SHOT AT AN OFFICER!!! What do you expect them to do in a situation where they are being FIRED AT??? When you shoot a gun at someone who also has a gun, (cop or not, black or white) you are WILLINGLY ENTERING A GUNFIGHT. The winner of such a gunfight is generally the person with more training in using a firearm.
      This happened because of an uneducated idiot with a gun, not an idiot who ditched on a fare.

  11. Lemonaid says:

    SWEET SWEET JUSTICE! He got what he deserved. May he rot in the devils house.

  12. Marcus says:

    All the brothers and sisters will be out and about acting like fools over this wonderful act. Good Job SFPD! This thug got what was coming to him. I pray we see a day when all the africans start to raise their children to be decent human beings rather than support the thug life. All these”protestors” are supporting violance as far as I am concered. They do not deserve to be on TV or even written about. They are the cause of all the violance.

  13. Nice shot says:

    Dont blame the cops because they were the better shot

  14. JaneQPublic says:

    19 and he had committed how MANY serious crimes already? This punk had ZERO RESPECT for life or human decency. Clean shot put the animal down. Looks like the cops were right on in this instance. NO COMPLAINTS HERE.

    PS And what’s with the ‘bystander’ who picked up the gun and walked off? Sounds like obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence.

  15. FedUp says:

    Great shot. Must’ve had the lead just right and swung through the trigger pull. Good job.

  16. HowsThatAgain? says:

    Harding was a sociopathic predator even among his own community, and he deserved every ounce of lead that was delivered to his body. Another violent offender euthanized for the good of society….next!!

    1. FedUp says:

      With the added benefit of not having to house and feed him for the next 20 years. Good job all around. Win-win I think.

  17. Craig Knox says:

    No loss to society.

  18. David Duke says:

    Kill these pukes every chance you get !

  19. James says:

    I am outraged at the communities response to the shooting of an armed person who tried to kill the police officers. Stealing the gun the suspect used. The police can defend themselves against someone who is trying to kill them.

  20. Native Daughter says:

    Read Native son.

  21. William Patrick Mosely says:

    Please fellow Fogtowners, put the anger aside. this meatball didn’t a rat’s rump about what he should have done. he would been cited and let go. Then didn’t stop when ordered to do so, then fired a weapon after being ordered to stop. Don’t blame the police for doing what are paid for–to keep the peace. We owe the police our thanks for keeping the peace. Personally, a job well done. I salute SFPD.

  22. Zack Debarco says:

    The CHRIS’S of this world are one of the reasons these vermin roam our streets.
    They make excuses for them and it isn’t until they themselves are vicitmized that they realize that evil exists and this guy was it!!! Yeah! Where is John Burris?!!!

    1. Kim says:

      Chris actually backed off upon hearing reports that he was armed and shot at the police first, so we need to give him a break there. He did not have the entire story. Now he does.

      1. MT says:

        Kim, that is the problem. People like Chris will comment without having all the facts at hand, at least what has been reported by the media.

  23. This smella like a cover up says:

    They straight assassinated this guy twice once when they shot him in the back and again in this article…… WOW

    1. FedUp says:

      He needed a good assassination. Well earned.

  24. racerx says:

    “The shooting of Harding by police, the third police shooting in San Francisco since June, has caused an outcry among community members.” (particularly those who are hardened criminals and rapists.)

    1. Kim says:

      I gotta give it to the “community members” in question though, they are nothing if not consistent. The cops are the bad guys no matter what, Even if the bad guy is coming at the officer with a knife, or shooting at them, they do not change their stance. Even if the cop in question had killed someone to save their personal behind, you can bet that they would find a way to spin it to have the officer be the bad guy.

  25. Luigi says:

    Good job SFPD, now get ready for the OCC complaints, the civil lawsuits from all the vermin that will come out of the woodwork claiming “he mah babbies daddy!”, the Feds who, under Eric Holder, will be all to eager to find something to crucify the Officers for, the community organizers like the “Reverend” Kevin O’Brien from Double Rock Baptist Church who was on tv whipping up the community into frothing mob instead of helping to calm things down. Mark my words: in the not too distant future, Officers in SF and Oakland will not be able to defend themselves even when fired upon. I have not been wrong yet. The radical left thinks we do not know what some of their agendas are, but we know,,,we know.

  26. FedUp says:

    They’ll protest. He’ll stay dead. Someone will sue the city, trying to cash in. He’s worth more to these people dead than he ever would have been had he lived. The fact that anyone is protesting shows the intelligence of that community. They protest the fact that living on the wrong side of the law can backfire. And they’re astounded when society at large has no sympathy.
    Keep protesting.

  27. Larry says:

    SFPD shot my porch monkey!

    1. Dave says:

      Who let it off the chain?

  28. Pat says:

    The City of San Francisco should hold his parants accountable for failing to raise their child properly. Child rapist ? A FELON at 19 ? Good riddens he is gone. SFPD did society a favor. Move on !

  29. DWF says:

    What has history taught us?? In the Oscar Grant case, if you have a big mouth and want to make a scene…..”Accidents happen”. Just stand back and don’t be “THAT GUY”. And in the Harding case, if the guy would have paid the whooping $2.00 toll (that’s 8 quarters), the police would have never paid any attention to him! Then they would have never found out he was wanted in Seattle and Harding would have never ran from the police, shot back at them, and get himself killed. It’s not a white vs. black thing….It’s a “don’t act a fool” thing. Go along with the program and you’ll be fine.

  30. DM says:

    The public outcry against the police is over the death of a convicted child rapist?????

    Seems to me the police should be given a medal and recognized for their efforts at community beautifcation! Afetrall, the only good child rapist is a dead child rapist!

  31. Empathy says:

    This situation leaves me only to consider what type of life did this YOUNG man grow up in to have the criminal (if true) background that has lead to a death so horrible. I feel sorry for the people that he hurt but also the fact that the world with it’s evilness has ruined another child and taken his life. John 10:10 which says The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

    1. garyblaine says:

      i know people whith horrible lives and they don’t kill people. Enough with the bed wetting lefty liberals who have carry permits. They only cry foul and the police when it happens to them, they even sacrifice their own family members. Liberalism is a mental desease. This guy has murdered, abused and raped people. Now he can’t do it anymore. End of chapter.

  32. Donald Wright says:

    Good riddance.

  33. Rafael says:

    One less sick criminal to contend with…Bravo to the SFPD! These law enforcement professionals need to keep up the good work! We need to rid our society of these proven criminals, and we should also get rid of their enablers, who are just as noxious and toxic.

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