SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Nearly 100 residents of San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley neighborhood gathered inside the Asian Pacific American Community Center (APACC) on Monday to discuss a series of violent crimes in the area this summer.
Citizens at the community meeting said they want more police security, but city leaders have said the public needs to play a role as well.READ MORE: Despite Short-Term Drop in Vaccine Supply, State Officials Predict Full Reopening by Summer
The community is fearful after a recent robbery incident where a woman was shot in the face with a pellet gun and another where the woman was dragged off of a Muni bus. People noted at least three other recent violent robberies.
Rex Tabora, who works at the APACC said people in the Asian community are afraid to go out, even during the daytime.READ MORE: San Francisco Nightlife Rebounds as Pandemic Restrictions Ease
“What I’ve done since I’ve got to Ingleside is I’ve developed our investigation team to look more at the patterns of these crimes and try to find the suspect because I believe it’s only five percent of the criminals are committing most of the crime,” said San Francisco Police Department’s Ingleside Captain Joe McFadden.
Community leaders have said many witnesses to crimes don’t come forward for fear of retaliation.MORE NEWS: U.S. Supreme Court Orders California to Lift Pandemic Restrictions on Home Worship
The police message at the community meeting was for any crime witnesses to step forward and that they’d be there to help, but couldn’t help without the community.