Hectic days in SFPD’s officer-involved shooting unit

So many shootings, so little time

Apparently, the one San Francisco Police Department sergeant tasked with investigating officer-involved shootings has been busy. Yesterday morning, the Guardian received an email from SFPD Media Relations officer Albie Esparza, who apologized for taking almost a month to respond to a Guardian request for information.

“It's simply been very busy with the multiple officer involved shootings we've been having in SF recently,” Esparza explained. “The ONE Sergeant who works in the Internal Affairs Officer Involved Shooting unit is aware of your questions and is trying to research that, as well as investigate the three OIS incidents we've had recently.” 

Reached by phone, Esparza said he actually meant to say there were four officer-involved shooting investigations; one involves a Daly City officer who fired upon a person in San Francisco city limits in early March. And whoops, as of yesterday, make that five – an officer shot and killed a pit-bull yesterday in Golden Gate Park.

The three shootings Esparza initally referred to include a March 15 officer-involved shooting in the Richmond District; another one on March 5 in Bayview Hunters Point, and a third one on Feb. 15 in the Tenderloin. Only the March 5 shooting resulted in an individual being struck; he wasn't killed. Police later held a town hall meeting about that incident, which transpired after a high-speed chase that ended in a cul-de-sac. The suspect drove into two police cars and hit an officer, according to the police department's account, before officers shot at him. Esparza said he did not have information about whether the incident involving the Daly City officer resulted in a fatal gunshot wound.

The Guardian’s original questions, meanwhile, remain unanswered. We submitted a query regarding a fatal officer-involved shooting that killed Pralith Pralourng last July. The 32-year-old Oakland resident had a history of mental illness, and was killed outside a chocolate factory in San Francisco after brandishing a box cutter. Police Chief Greg Suhr has pointed to this case as a prime example for why police ought to be equipped with Tasers. But the SFPD launched a specialized crisis intervention training (CIT) program over the last several years specifically to help officers better respond to calls involving mentally ill individuals. Local advocates weighing in at recent public hearings convened by SFPD said they feared the department could lose sight of CIT de-escalation tactics if the Tasers plan moves forward. 

The Guardian submitted questions to SFPD in late February asking whether the officer who shot and killed Pralourng had been trained under CIT; if any CIT officers were dispatched to the scene, since the call involved a mentally ill individual; and whether CIT de-escalation techniques were attempted prior to the shooting.

After nearly a month, Esparza finally sent a response from SFPD internal affairs. “We were told that because it’s open and active, the file is exempt from disclosure,” he said. Basically, we hit a dead end and were told to try again later. When things aren't so busy.


just maybe, returning calls to a "newspaper" that is openly hostile to the police isn't the higest priority.

Gee, do ya think?

Posted by Guest on Mar. 19, 2013 @ 6:11 pm
Posted by Guest on Mar. 19, 2013 @ 10:45 pm
Posted by anon on Mar. 20, 2013 @ 5:59 am

Jason Grant Garza here ... oh, the CRY for INFORMATION, CORRECT ACTION and any HUMANITY. Problems getting information from the police. Surprise, surprise. surprise ... maybe it is an ILLUSION and all not really about helping the citizen ....

What do I mean ... well look at this where DPH broke the LAW on 8/15/2013 with an OFFICER on STANDBY ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cP3jCmJFRo

Here is me going to the OCC ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnKEraML-WE

Watch the videos going to SFPD. Then watch the escalation to the CHIEF of POLICE ???
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnKEraML-WE GREG SUHR ... any questions as to PERFORMANCE? Where is my meeting with the CHIEF to point out the RIGGED and INJURIOUS methodology that is RIGGED to fail and NOT hold ACCOUNTABLE.

What about escalation to the POLICE COMMISSION .... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfNkb5zEhBw

Oh ... now wait till they have budget problems ... less workers and more EXCUSES.

However, in my case DPH can continue to BREAK the LAW, HARM and INJURE and WHO ARRESTS and ENFORCES one's legal and medical rights .... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa7kfWNt4aQ

Look here at the VIDEOS regarding the LAPDOG (Sheriff) for the DPH and you'll see where I have been trying to schedule a followup meeting ....

Information, arrest, prosecution, humanity or JUSTICE do NOT exist ... note what the DA's Office tells me when I try to file charges ... note what the person tells me regarding my legal rights ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eN41g_veF8 and note the assault when I tried to again followup .... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zot6w6eVntU

Anymore questions or do you still need MORE INFORMATION?


Shall we see if I get a meeting with SUHR or ROSS or even the POLICE COMMISSION.

False process, false hope, and false humanity is what is .... the rest is RISK MANAGEMENT, the PERPS receiving full benefits and retirement and naturally moving on to the NEXT VICTIM. Watch the youtube videos ... then go to htttp://www.myownprivateguantanamo.com to see more on what their process yields.

Posted by Jason Grant Garza on Mar. 20, 2013 @ 7:05 am

Jason Grant Garza here ... following up on the RIGGED and UNACCOUNTABLE process ...

to bring to date:
1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cP3jCmJFRo
2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnKEraML-WE
3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfNkb5zEhBw

NOW the followup: Note the denial of access and accommodation to the PUBIC seeking PUBLIC SERVICES ....

SFPD .... Followup = Disruptive


Rigged is as RIGGED does ...

Keep watching ....

Posted by Jason Grant Garza on Mar. 30, 2013 @ 6:53 am

If I am running this department, I wouldn't bring on more resources in order to answer Guardian questions in a more expeditious manner. As long as the incidents are being properly and expeditiously investigated (which is what is really important), the Guardian can wait with other news sources for a press conference when we have something to say.

Posted by Richmondman on Mar. 20, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

give SFBG any info given their abysmal anti-police, pro-criminal record of reporting.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 20, 2013 @ 3:25 pm


Posted by Guest on Mar. 20, 2013 @ 8:48 pm

Yes, the SFPD should break public records law whenever it wants to. What other laws should law enforcement be encouraged to break?

Posted by marcos on Mar. 20, 2013 @ 9:23 pm