SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Local faith leaders will be on San Francisco Municipal Railways’s T-line platforms Monday morning offering to pay the fares as a gesture to quell simmering anger following the recent fatal police shooting of a young parolee.

There have been protests and a raucous town hall meeting since July 13th when 19-year-old Kenneth Harding was in a gun battle with police. The incident began with a routine fare check on the Muni platform and escalated into the deadly shooting.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

Rev. Ishmael Burch helped organize a big town hall meeting last week at which Police Chief Greg Suhr was shouted down. What they learned, he said, was that the community still needs to vent over perceived police bias.

“Bayview, keep your heads up,” he said. “It’s going to be over and we can move forward with some more positive strategies.”

One of those strategies is to pay the Muni fares for young people to keep kids from sneaking on and running afoul of the law.

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Comments (9)
  1. Sam Mallory says:

    haha pathetic.

  2. Mark says:

    So…the guy with a gun would rather shoot it out with the cops to avoid a fine?
    No sympathy here.

  3. oldfart says:

    The pastor said is right ‘PERCEIVED BIAS” there is not Bias just the truth that the residences of the Bayview refuse to acknowledge.

    unreal, the church glorifying a murderer, these people have subsidized housing, food stamps, free medical, welfare and now the pastors are giving them free MUNI just to appease them . These people have a higher percentage of entitlement use than any other district with the possible exception of the tenderloin and they want more!, my god

    I say take away their special treatments and benefits till law and order is obtained in the Bayview/Hunter’s Point area and they start to work for it.

    I am tired of paying for criminals to stay at home, do drugs, drink and get violent without consequence.

  4. LoLo says:

    This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard of here in…well, days, anyway. This town needs an enema.

  5. Matthew says:

    Why is there so-called “simmering anger” over this low-life?? Good riddance to bad rubbish, I say….

    1. oldfart says:

      they are mad they did not get a free pair of Nike’s like their rioting neighbors in Oakland did after Oscar was shot , Guess they will have to settle for a free MUNI ride.

  6. Horatio says:

    The anger is feigned compassion, nothing more. SFPD took out a disgusting waste of life and should be applauded. Yes, the method of justice was sudden, but its always “Us Vs Them” on patrol. There are Billions of people on this earth, so replacements are easy to find.

  7. Henry says:

    The pastors should be passing out free condoms to the young women of the Bayview. And, they should be educating the young men that it is illegal to carry a loaded firearm and it is illegal to shoot at people who are not harming you.

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