“Prosecutors had hoped Balderson would be kept in custody so that his needs could be assessed, Bastian said, but Judge Samuel Feng released Balderson from custody on his own recognizance. That means the chronic offender has yet to be assessed.”
San Francisco DA still trying to put chronic inebriates into treatment instead of jail [Ex]

“What San Francisco‚Äôs police officers need is a less-than-lethal option that they can carry on their body at all times. At this time, there are really no viable options other than stun guns. Other less-than-lethal weapons are too bulky or large for officers to carry and deploy in the split-second time in which they sometimes need to react.”
Officer-involved shooting shows why SF police need stun guns [Ex]

“Isn’t it true that you have been flying around the world committing this scam over the last five years?”
Ghost Scam Trial: Prosecutor Challenges Defendant’s Victimization Story [Weekly]

“Slapping a rainbow on the SFPD badge logo and making it into a poster suitable for hanging at the city’s police stations and expecting the distrust to blow away like some fairy dust is an insult to intelligent queers.”
The Sisters Co-Opted By SFPD: Why Gays Distrust Cops [Petrelis]

“We should all be pleased my advocacy has provided accountability over the police and now is bringing the department into legal compliance with state and local sunshine laws, while also nudging the police to adapt their web site at my request to make the Information page way more user-friendly.”
SFPD: Gifts Back to 2010 Will Be Disclosed on Rebuilt Site [Petrelis]

“Someone at the restaurant at 245 Jefferson St. called police after finding ‘three big garbage bags, maybe 50 pounds,’ filled with marijuana”
Bags of pot found in Joe’s Crab Shack dumpster [Ex]

“The four were handcuffed, thrown in the back of a police van and taken to a nearby police substation and unlawfully detained, the activists say.”
Notorious Nudists Arrested for Being Nude Head to Trial, Claim They Were Kidnapped [Weekly]

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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