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Monday, July 18, 2011

SF Police kill youth in Bayview district

The video is very disturbing - it really looks like the SF police just gunned this kid down then stood around and watched him die without rendering any aid at all. This will teach young black youth not to run from them again...or it will teach them to hate Power even more.

We celebrate the police as our "protectors" far too much in our culture; even when they act like bullies and gang up on us, they get the benefit of the doubt. They exist to keep us under control - with fear of death or imprisonment - not to keep us safe. Let that be the lesson that sinks in here: police intervention can be deadly, even over the smallest of things - like a $2 bus fare. Remember what happened to Danny Rodriguez before you call the cops on a friend or loved one thinking they might "help". By all means, be safe, but work it out without the police if you can.

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‘Why should you die for a transfer?’

San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper
July 17, 2011

SF police kill teen, Kenneth Harding, as he ran from them at T-train stop; crowds protest, rallies planned

By Willie Ratcliff



When police stopped a teenager stepping off the T-train yesterday to show his transfer as proof he’d paid his fare – $2 at most – he ran from them. They shot him as many as 10 times in the back and neck, according to witnesses. For many long minutes, as a crowd watched in horror, the boy, who had fallen to the sidewalk a block away, lay in a quickly growing pool of blood writhing in pain and trying to lift himself up as the cops trained their guns on him and threatened bystanders.

This frame from a video shot by a bystander shows the teenager struggling to lift himself out of a pool of his own blood as a San Francisco police officer – one of several – aims his gun at the boy rather than trying to save his life. – Video frame: TheOneNonly457. The teen, Kenneth Harding, is loudly moaning in pain and crying out for help.




Having killed the boy [Kenneth Harding] at 4:44 p.m., according to the San Francisco Chronicle, [1] in broad daylight at the main intersection – Third Street between Palou and Oakdale – in Bayview Hunters Point, San Francisco’s last largely Black neighborhood, the police seemed eager to terrorize the community. They waited and waited and waited as the teenager stopped moving but continued breathing before eventually setting him on a gurney and taking him to the hospital, where the Chronicle reports he died at 7:01 p.m.

“Why should you die for a transfer?” asked a witness known as Tiptoe in the crowd of hundreds of residents that soon gathered in the plaza at the Oakdale/Palou light rail stop. “Justice will be brought!” hollered one man repeatedly in a booming voice as the crowd shouted at the long line of police in riot gear standing between them and the dying youngster. “I saw the riot squad fly by me on Palou yesterday – five trucks in all,” wrote Bayview resident Sherry Bryson on Facebook.

As night fell, firefighters washed the teenager's blood off the sidewalk and police and reporters talked. Rick Hauptman, who posted this photo on Facebook, noted: "The police seemed almost jolly. I saw many handshakes among them; I couldn't figure that out. Were they solely being respectful to their colleagues and to senior officers, or was it something else?”

As usual following police murders, the San Francisco Police Department came up with an excuse. The Chronicle [1] relayed it: “As the officers tried to detain the man, he took off running and drew a gun, police said,” according to staff writer Joe Garofoli. “When the suspect shot at the officers, they returned fire, fatally wounding him,” he continued, quoting SFPD Sgt. Michael Andraychak.

None of the many witnesses I spoke with yesterday saw the young victim either holding or shooting a gun and firmly believe he was unarmed. ABC7’s Carolyn Tyler balanced the police claim that they shot the youngster in self-defense by interviewing Trivon Dixon, who said: “He was running. How could he be a threat in retreat? And he wasn’t running backwards, turning around shooting. He was in full throttle, running away from the police. I don’t see in any way how he could be a threat to the police.”


Go to http://sfbayview.com/2011/why-should-you-die-for-a-transfer/ for remainder of article, video and much more!

UPDATE from SF BAYVIEW:
On July 18, two days after they killed him, police identified the teenager as Kenneth Harding, 19, and demonized him with a heap of allegations that led one reporter to ask police accountability advocate Mesha Irizarry, "Aren't you relieved the police killed such a vicious criminal?"


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