Update on San Francisco Repression
<table><tr><td>Here is a brief outline of actions and associated repression from the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD). This is being written as a way to share the way the escalation of repression has manifested itself here and to then follow it to its logical conclusion of how we can continue to attacks and evade the consequences set forth by The State.
APRIL 30TH 2012, Anti-Gentrification Action, Mission District, Delores Park:
On April 30th 100+ people coalesced in a shadowy area of Delores Park, which borders The Mission, Noe Valley and Castro Districts. The call-out had been made about 2-3 weeks prior as a pre-May Day action to attack the decades-underway Gentrification Project of San Francisco's politicians and their best buddies, private capital.
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The march danced its way out of Delores Park and into The Mission chanting: Kill The Cops, Burn The Prisons, T-E-R-R-O-R-ISM! After less than a block an SFPD cruiser has been attacked with paint bombs and spray paint. Many small, independent, boutique, yuppie restaurants, art galleries and other businesses were summarily attacked with metal pipes yielding shattered windows, paint bombs to windows and facades, spray paint, markers, and chairs, tables and a-frame signs picked-up and thrown into the windows of restaurants (the latter of which definitely sowed 'terror' into the hearts of their patrons as they jumped from their window seats post-haste and grouped into the back of the establishments).
SFPD was unprepared and impotent to do anything but watch with horror as the capital they protect daily was broken and smashed and fucked-up.
All ended with no related arrests.
SEPTEMBER 21ST 2012, Anti-Police Action, Mission District, Delores Park:
On this date, at around 8PM, an SFPD Gang Task Force (GTF) officer shoots a 22 year-old as he runs away, claiming he was a 'gang member' and 'turned to shoot back with a TEC9, semi-auomatic handgun with an extended clip. Sadly, this man was unable to pump hot lead into the SFPD officer before he himself was hit.
At around 10PM, seemingly out of nowhere but in relation to the 2-hour earlier SFPD gang task force shooting, a black-clad group spontaneously coalesced and began marching toward the Mission Police Station. As they passed the station one began to beat on the station's windows with a hammer. Another scrawled in paint on the front doors: KILLERS.
SFPD was once again caught completely off-guard. There had been no pre-emptive public call-out for this action like there had been for April 30th. The march continued around the mission chanting, sadly, with no further destruction. SFPD did however get 'up and running' noticeably quicker than on April 30th, corralling 3-5 arrest-wagons, 2-3 K-9 SUV's, 5-6 cruisers and, once the marched stopped, 2 battalions of riot police lined at the 16th/Mission BART station taking verbal assaults and pleadings from the few liberals in the group trying to convince them of their 1st amendment rights.
All ended with no related arrests.
SEPTEMBER 22ND 2012, Anti-Police Action, Mission District, Delores Park:
Following on the heels of the night before, some form of informal semi-public call-out occurred to meet-up in Delores Park and march again on the issue of of the SFPD GTF shooting. Yuppie establishments were once again hit with flying chairs, a-frames, tables and paint bombs. As we rounded the corner of the Mission Police Station it became clear that they were strategically catching-up to the string of previous attacks and had a 2 battalions of riot police lined up in front of the police station to attempt to protect it from the onslaught of angry minds with hammers. They were partially successful. The kept the hammers from the windows but yielded to 40oz beers thrown at their faces, thrown hammers and a barrage of paint bombs. The march continued and was from then on followed by 3-4 arrest-wagons, 3-4 SUV K-9 units, 5-6 motorcycles, and at least 1 walking riot police battalion. Even with this repressive presence, a Wells Fargo and US Bank branches had their windows demolished.
It is worth noting, they cared deeply to protect their police station but seemed either impotent or disinterested in engaging with the uncontrollables to protect private business.
All ended with no related arrests
OCTOBER 5TH, Citizen & Business Community Meeting w/ SFPD Chief Greg Suhr, Mission District:
Business owners, yuppies et al cry and whine indignantly about the string of black bloc vandalism and plead with the Chief to arrest on-site these great vagabonds of the spirit (RN). To which the Chief responds 'these people are dangerous and our officers might get hurt.'
OCTOBER 6th 2012, Anti-Colonialist/Imperialist/Capitalist Action, Financial District, Justin Herman Plaza:
Even as San Francisco is booming with myriad events on this insanely busy weekend, SFPD came prepared. 2-3 battalions of riot police, 8-12 bicycle cops, 4-8 motorcycle cops and 10-12 dirt-bike cops in riot gear.
Shortly after leaving Justin Herman Plaza in the Financial District, 2-3 battalions of riot police guard the private businesses on the left-side of the march. The focus of this event seems to be on SFPD. People are not busting many windows (a few, starbucks and a few posh cars) but launching paint bomb assaults on the riot police. After less than 20 minutes of being popped with paint bombs SFPD, due to what seems like either the fall of a bicycle cop into the bloc or his attempt to grab someone, turns into police beat-down leading to 20 arrests, including some felony battery on an officer charges, as well as their finding backpacks filled with bags of paint with rocks (?), flares, ice picks and other common tools-of-the-trade.
OCTOBER 10TH, 2012, World Homeless Action Day, Mission/Castro Districts, Delores Park:
SFPD is now taking this continuing string of actions very seriously. The Mission Police Station is per-emptively blocked off with 2-3 arrest-wagons, an empty MUNI city bus and a few cruisers. Just outside of Delores Park on 19th Street is a string of 6-8 arrest-wagons (some of these belonging to the SF Sherrifs, not SFPD), 3-4 K-9 SUV's, numerous cruisers, 2 battalions of riot police. There are also 6-8 motorcycle police. In the park itself there are about 12-14 US Park Service officers on foot. After a closer look, there are 10-12 on-foot plainclothes officers at the top of the hill by the statue. They would not have been noticed had it not been for a slip that showed the bottom of ones badge and gun.
The Homes Not Jails rally ends and the march ensues toward the Castro District where the group plans to open a 5+ year vacant space for an open-occupation. All goes as planned up to the point of the raid of the open-occupation.
4-6 of the same plainclothes officers from the park hang-out by the front door of the occupation site, looking grungy and low-brow enough to fit in. As the group of riot cops sprint for the front door the 4-6 plainclothes immediately run to the front door and begin pushing those close-enough inside and simultaneously pushing those far-enough away back from interfering with the raid. The raid ends with 2-3 people in the hospital from beatings or attempts to evade them as well as with 20 arrested.
Historically, that is over the past 20 years, SFPD and SF District Attorney's treats Homes Not Jails building takeovers as legitimate political demonstrations against the false-scarcity of homes and poverty, usually raiding them the following morning and issuing cite-and-release misdemeanor trespassing for those caught inside (which are almost never even used unless someone gets caught on another crime). However, with the previous string of actions creating the current climate of repression in SF, ALL 20 arrested received felony burglary, felony conspiracy and felony vandalism. Its not likely they will all stick, however, it is indicative of how they are viewing and treating all forms of action where people attempt to maintain anonymity via face coverings.
This is a semi-conclusion because it is only a partial of my own - you and your companions are left to discuss and find your own conclusions and act on them.
A momentum has been started and has been flowing. Like a pebble in the very early stage of our flow, the momentum has been mildly diverted. New channels of finding each other and communicating and coalescing that create spontaneous moments of rupture which leave SFPD as impotent as they were on April 30th 2012 are needed. We had 3 solid actions, 2 of which with significant property destruction and 1 of those with a heavy police presence, and absolutely no arrests. We must find ways to re-create those moments, to keep them alive and generalized. The war must be made concrete and visible during rupture and fade back into the facade upon completion, until such a day when the rupture never ends and all clocks are stopped.