Giants' revelers who crossed the line face charges

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Yesterday's parade celebrating the Giants' World Series sweep almost went down without a hitch, no thanks to a handful of inebriated miscreants. Among the estimated one million revelers that attended, the SFPD reports that 22 were arrested, including 13 for public drunkenness. Others were charged for robbery, battery and unlawful possession of a loaded firearm.

Yesterday’s violations, however, paled in comparison to the chaos that ensued after the final game on Sunday night, when even more arrests were made and major damage was done to the city. District Attorney George Gascón is prosecuting nine individuals detained in connection to the shenanigans that occurred around the city last weekend. 

“What occurred last Sunday was inexcusable,” Gascón at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. “We want to send a clear message that we will prosecute all the cases presented to us, to the fullest extent of the law.”

The nine charged so far include eight men and one woman, all of them locals. “So far I believe everyone we have are San Francisco residents,” says Gascón.

Seven are charged with assaulting or threatening a peace officer. SFPD Officer Carlos Manfredi says two officers – whose names he could not release - suffered injuries after confrontations with rioters. “One suffered a hand injury and one suffered lacerations to the leg from a glass bottle that was thrown.”

Tomas Lunsford was arrested on charges of robbery after he allegedly stole a phone from a woman who was filming the celebration. He then allegedly punched her female friend while attempting to evade capture. Additional charges include resisting arrest with force, battery and arson of property.

The latest arrest associated with the carnage occurred Tuesday after police identified a man who was photographed shattering a Muni bus window. Gregory Tyler Grannis, 22, of San Francisco was detained on felony charges of vandalism and destroying a passenger transit vehicle. Police were led to him after tips from social media sites.  Grannis is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.

The DA’s office has been presented with several other individuals who have yet to be reviewed.  Gascón anticipates more violators will be charged in the coming days: “We expect additional cases, including cases involving damage to city vehicles.”

SFPD is currently investigating the torched Muni bus incident.  On Wednesday, Police Chief Greg Suhr released cell phone video and photographs of two suspects wanted in connection with the arson of the bus. “We are now asking for public assistance in identifying these two arsonists and bringing them to justice,” Suhr said.  Photos and video can be viewed at sf-police.org

It is unknown what the ultimate cost of the damage from Sunday night’s chaos will be. City Attorney Dennis Herrera said that in addition to being charged criminally, public offenders will receive civil fines commensurate with their offenses.  “I’m here to tell folks that you will be hit in your pocket book,” he says. “If you damage the city we will seek retribution and damages.”

Celebrations turned chaotic in North Beach and Downtown, but it was the Mission District that saw the most damage. Along Mission Street, 24th Street and Valencia Street vandals tagged several businesses, damaged public property and set fires.  In a statement Monday, Mission District Supervisor David Campos said, “I have been in communication with the Department of Public Works and we are working closely to clean up the streets and help affected businesses.”

Comments

Whats the purpose of this blog post?

Posted by matlock on Nov. 01, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

Free of the usual SFBG bias and slant. I know, threw me off too. Kept waiting for the slant on how these poor guys were expressing some outrage committed by the man.

Posted by D. Native on Nov. 01, 2012 @ 8:04 pm

i was waiting for some rationalisation or strange moral statement.

Posted by matlock on Nov. 02, 2012 @ 12:33 am

It's called "news". The purpose is to inform.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 01, 2012 @ 9:11 pm

It's purpose is to further a political agenda.

Posted by matlock on Nov. 04, 2012 @ 10:56 am

Josh Wolfe should not have relinquished his video of anarchists breaking windows and destroying buses to the police. It was a violation of his rights as a journalist.

What? No journalist pictures this time. Oh.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 01, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

These are not "revelers who crossed the line". They are criminals, morons, and/or pinheads with anti-social behavior . Enough of the PC bylines. Call it like it is.

Posted by Guest observer on Nov. 01, 2012 @ 9:04 pm

Proud of scooping SFGate?

Posted by Jym Dyer on Nov. 01, 2012 @ 10:48 pm

I'm pleasantly shocked that the SFBG actually included photos of non-white perps.

Posted by Orwell's Uterus on Nov. 02, 2012 @ 6:08 am

I steered well clear of the entire east side of the city Wednesday, and I'm really glad I did. So my first thought was "Good. I hope they throw the book at these drunken assholes."

But... after thinking about it for a second, I'm not so sure that it's such a great idea to publish people's mug shots in the paper before they're even convicted of anything.

Look, most of them are probably self-entitled assholes who probably deserve a few nights in jail. I never understood the whole rationale behind rioting after a ball game whether you win or lose. It's just a frickin' game for pete's sake!

OTOH, I know the cops' side of the story is often wrong. A lot of times people get caught up in the wrong place at the wrong time, and next thing you know they're being arrested because some yahoo cop got the wrong person or overreacted to a situation. Then they drop the charges because they never had anything to begin with, but now the person's mug shot was in the paper, their reputation is tarnished, they might lose their jobs, etc.

They aren't public officials or law enforcement personell. So it serves no public purpose by posting their picture after a mere arrest. The story could have been reported without the mughsots.

Posted by Greg on Nov. 02, 2012 @ 7:53 am

Thoughfulness, civility, and nuance are so rare on the SFBG blog it's always a pleasure to read Greg's posts. And fortunately it's always easy to separate the posts from thoughtful "Greg" compared to sock-puppet "Greg."

Posted by Guest on Nov. 03, 2012 @ 7:14 am

I wrote as much last night, but neglected to post it.

This posting of mug shots in this way is tantamount to extra-judicial punishment. If we don't want cops beating up people "for the public good," then we should also deplore this sort of display.

As for civility, I may need more frequent reminders, but I'm not convinced as to the utility of playing a punching bag. The ultimate ad-hominem attack is imp'ing -- which hasn't seemed to have been in evidence much lately -- but it has a close corollary: misstating the position of your target.

Mischaracterizing the views and statements of opponents is a frequent tactic among trolls here.

Posted by lillipublicans on Nov. 03, 2012 @ 7:41 am

Posting photos of unconvicted people has been such a reprehensible trend lately. Most people that have been posted in the sf area never had charges the DA even thought was worth pushing.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 03, 2012 @ 12:20 am

When Josh Wolf the india video-blogger filmed his anarchist friends vandalizing stores in The Mission, you claimed he didn't have to hand over the film because he had journalist immunity.

Yet you readily publish the pictures of people who vandalized The Mission during the Giants celebration.

What's the difference? Oh yeah, the first case was POLITICAL.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 03, 2012 @ 7:29 am

I can't believe you are even trying to make this point. *Utterly* silly and Troll II-like.

The First Amendment -- while being widely adapted to protect commerce of late -- is at its heart a meant to protect the "fourth estate" from the government's meddling.

Forcing journalists to reveal their sources is effectively muzzling them because if they cannot promise confidentiality, they lose the ability to gather information. It has *nothing* to do with this -- what I think is mistaken -- posting of photos.

Posted by lillipublicans on Nov. 03, 2012 @ 7:50 am

...and the semi-journalistic Bay Guardian did the backflip.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 03, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

Isn't it ironic that they get to wear orange? GO GIANTS!

Posted by couplewords on Nov. 06, 2012 @ 11:40 am

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