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SFPD Raid Homeless Camp at the Site of Thursday's Police Killing of Jose Luis Gongora

by Frank Sosa
At approxamately 11:45 p.m. on Saturday Night, members of the San Francisco Police department raided and harassed the homeless community on Shotwell betweend 17 and 18th Streets, the site of Thursday's killling of Jose Luis Gongora
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San Francisco, CA (April 10, 2016) -- On Saturday night, approximately 6 members of the San Francisco Police Department raided the encampment on Shotwell Street between 17th and 18th Streets, the site of Thursday's police killing of Jose Luis Gongora. Witnesses, including us, gathered in response to a call from The Alex Nieto Coalition spokespeson Adriana Camarena on social media who received a phone call alerting her of the sudden police presence . Witnesses told The Anti Police-Terror Project that police officers knocked over objects with sticks, including several memorial candles that lined the front of Gongora's tent which is still at the scene. The officers were not keen on us filming their actions as they shined their flashlights directly into our camera lens as we tried to capture them dismantling several tents. Witnesses also saw them slashing into shelters with a knife.

"This is retaliation for witnessing a police shooting" stated Camerena at the scene. Her sentiment rang true as the police did not completely destroy or remove the encampment. After several more witnesses arrived, they got in their vehicles and left, leaving several tents and various scattered objects completely intact. Residents of the encampment did not know what to expect next, but nonetheless began to clean up their belongings, while some went back to bed.
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by Andrea Prichett
Great work. We, at Berkeley Copwatch, will share this link and spread the word. What a bunch of cruel, bastards. SFPD is like some rabid animal. So out of control. And Ed Lee said that he wanted the raid so lay it at his doorstep! So insane to harass these trauma victims who witnessed such an event. They want to scatter the witnesses, for sure.
by Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez
Hi Frank, is it possible for you to get in contact with me? I'd love to ask you some questions about the incident for a piece i'm writing for the Examiner newspaper. Thanks. twitter -- @fitzthereporter email -- joe [at] sfexaminer.com
by Michael Petrelis
A suggestion and a question. Please consider brightening your fotos so my eyes can make out details of the dark shapes and tents and whatnot. Can't see the tent-takedown clearly. Also, have you filed a public records request with the SFPD for files - emails, texts, orders, etc - related to this crackdown?
by Tony
Please pack the police meeting.
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