Kenneth Harding Identified as Man Shot and Killed by SFPD

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Kenneth Harding shot
Medical authorities have identified the man shot by SFPD officers over the weekend as 19-year-old Kenneth Harding. Police say Harding was a parolee who was also a person of interest in the shooting death of Tanaya Gilbert last week in Seattle.

Police Chief Greg Suhr told reporters on Sunday that Harding was wanted for questioning in the homicide of Gilbert, who was pregnant. He had just been released from jail in King County in Washington state, where he had been convicted of sex crimes, according to news outlets.

The man was chased by police officers in the Bayview after he tried to dodge paying his Muni fare.

Two police officers had stopped Harding on the Third Street light rail platform near Oakdale and Palou avenues. He started running, pulled out a gun, and began firing at officers over his shoulder as he continued sprinting toward Mendell Plaza, according to police.

"He was shooting indiscriminately, more than one time," Suhr told reporters. "He fired at them, they fired back. That is what officers are going to do. If you fire at the police, they are going to shoot back."

Angry crowds gathered around Harding. Later that night, protesters gathered in the Mission, rallying against what they say was a racially motivated shooting.

The shooting came just two weeks after BART officers killed 45-year-old Charles Hill on the Civic Center platform. Officers claim the transient was armed with knives and was using his alcohol bottle as a weapon.

Warning: Below is a video of the shooting incident that was taken by a bystander at the  scene this weekend. It is extremely graphic. However, SF Weekly is posting it to give readers the full story of the shooting in the Bayview.

 


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Butterpeacan25
Butterpeacan25

Wait.......... Im lost in figuring out what cause are those people fighting for. That kid was in the wrong. Then ran then open fire..... do people really believe that the police are gonna sit there and say "lets talk about this when you're finish shooting!" Like come on people REALLY!!! Lets test the military..... u show aggression and ur not listening to orders do u think the military is sit and wait for u to calm down and talk about ur feelings..... NO! Its called knowning how to act in public. U save that bullshit for home where its accepted.

Butterpeacan25
Butterpeacan25

My brother-n-law is in this video pushing back the crowd of ignorant people just emotionally charged up yelling and jumping up n down but not helping the situation. You don't know my brother-n-law and all u can say is he's a pig and he's there for a paycheck and power. Man, it funny how stupid you sound to the people that actually know him. He puts his life on the line to do what he was trained to do. That kids was far from being the next Oscar Grant. That kid put hisself in that situation. And because of his poor choices he succumbed to his demise....... his bad!

SuperSnake
SuperSnake

"He was shooting indiscriminately, more than one time," Suhr told reporters. "He fired at them, they fired back. That is what officers are going to do. If you fire at the police, they are going to shoot back."  I think this explains what happened very clearly, and yet those idiots protest, I guess murdering a pregnant woman and shooting at cops is not enough reason for the police to shoot back at you.  

JohnB
JohnB

Why run from the cops if you are not doing anything wrong. He didn't have to be shot for sure. But why aren't people mad about the crimes he "did"? I guess you can get mad when someone is shot, but I guess it's not a big deal to break the law or be a bad person. What's wrong with the way people view how other people act.. 

Jannatmuhammad
Jannatmuhammad

The "Like" button was clicked by mistake! I do not like the overall tone of this comment! Maybe the young man ran because he thought the police were going to shoot him; maybe he was running for his life. How do we know that he was quilty of other crimes. Some authorities evidently feel the right to kill at will, that others do not have the right to live, are beneath them, useless eaters, etc. Remember the "weapons of mass destruction" lies. What about the over 120 million Native peoples slaughtered on their own lands, right here in the Americas because others thought the Natives were beneath themselves, and did not deserve to live on their own land?

Eltiggermalo
Eltiggermalo

So let me get this straight.  Here is a guy who was put in jail for having sex and pimping a 14 year old in Washington, then goes out and shoots 4 people killing a woman in seattle.  And the community stands up for him??  I think the community needs to get a better hero/victim to champion.  I mean other than a pedophile/pimp/murderer. Just a thought.

Champ386
Champ386

I saw the video...yes I was not there so I don't know first hand, but in the video I never saw a gun or anyone pick anything up...I was looking hard...had to watch more then one video and more then 6 times. I still saw nothing. What I saw was a man get gunned down by police officers. They claim he had a gun and was firing...kinda funny that they say that...cause its real hard to fire backwards when you are running for your life...on top of that...the chief is saying he is a suspect...the police didn't know this or they would have said it to the crowd...hmmm...it appears a cover up is in play...they are going to make this kid sound as horrible as possible "he was a suspect in the killing of a woman who was pregnant." This makes you feel like they did the right thing. We will never know if its true. We do know what we saw...I saw cops stand by as a young man did everything he could to just breath...they let him suffer. They didn't drop ttheir guns until they were sure he was dead. And these are the people our tax dollars go to so they can serve and protect us? These are the same people who profile you...no matter the color of your skin...and will mess with you. These officers are there for a pay check and power. You hurt any of it and we all saw the results...is this what we as Americans deserve or asked for? I say we stop funding these people. I say all the officers that were there should be locked up just like the people they lock up...even if it was defense...5 shots in the back...was that needed? Letting a young man die before dropping your guns and not calling for evac right away...that's not serving and protecting the people. It sounds more like lazy cops who just got tired of losing their meal tickets (arrest, tickets, and etc.) And wanted to use their power, but did not realize that someone would be video tapping it. Your busted pigs! R.I.P

Jpat2345
Jpat2345

All I can say is half of you commenting are ignorant as hell. No one deserves to be killed especially at that age. Killed for not paying a bus fare? These corrupt cops will do anything to kill someone for the glory. Not considering they have no idea who this person is. Then they let him sit there and die...Makes me sick to my stomach. All of you racist ignorant asses can get the hell on with that 100 years ago bullshit.

bigriggs
bigriggs

He was not killed because he did not pay his bus fare. He was killed because he ran like a coward and engaged the police. All he had to do was pay his 2 bucks and move on but no, he had to be a coward and run and then fire shots at the police.

BoHiggs
BoHiggs

First words on this video, "Fuck da Po-Lice!"

Kevincaine1
Kevincaine1

He is a scum bag that will never hurt my children. Thats what I know thank you SFPD you did what had to be done.

Kevincaine1
Kevincaine1

Thank you S.F  P.D you did your job its not an easy one yet you did what had to be done and we as normal citizens Thank you for taking this garbage off the street. Again Great job.

Elton_dea
Elton_dea

FUCK this child molesting faggot nigger, he deserved to get shot!!!!! He would probably still be alive if his cheap ass, just paid the motherfucking fare. iDIOT! SOME BLACK PEOPLE JUST DONT HAVE BRAINS LOL

Jpat2345
Jpat2345

stfu you ingorant ass bitch

bigriggs
bigriggs

Doesn't seem like that big a loss, if all the stories are true.

Flemingrandolph
Flemingrandolph

To all you communists out there who protested or even thought , reflexively , of protesting this very justified killing of another 'shouldn'a been born'..       "Doh!!"

Diamondkent
Diamondkent

Thats what his ass get....for killing the 19 year old girl in seattle on the 13th...fuck that nigga

Creshaunnawilson
Creshaunnawilson

you heart less bitch ass nigga  what if that was your seed your son  you dont know half of it and i will stand by him his famliy becase thease fake ass cops could have made anything up and you would be dumm  to believe it  i hate people like you who juge books by there cover and dont ever forget what goes around comes around you low life enternet behind the sceen talken ass person now tell ya moma that BASTERD............

ak1287
ak1287

Punctuation would have helped there. Other than the 12 periods you have at the end.

But enough about your lack of education in the English language, let's talk about the fact that you say we 'should not judge a book by it's cover....' and then do EXACTLY that by saying 'these fake ass cops could have made up anything.' Never mind the fact that there is a gun, clearly, on at least 2 different videos, picked up by a 'civilian' in a striped sweat shirt (courtesy of a little research on youtube and SF Chron). 

Honestly, if that kid had been my 'seed or son' I would have whipped him a long time ago, and made sure he never got out of prison. 

Gizmos
Gizmos

No1 knows if he really did it

may there be love
may there be love

aint that the truth im glade there are people who have heart... god bless

ak1287
ak1287

Which one? The charges he was on parole for, or shooting at officers? 

mechanic
mechanic

Please check out this link to an article in a Seattle newspaper; and then let us know what you think about the character of the "victim" in the SF Police shooting .... Kenneth Harding. http://www.seattlepi.com/local...

Flemingrandolph
Flemingrandolph

The S'ci F'i communists love him and those who're like him , though...always have , always will.

Exportgeek
Exportgeek

The title says that SFPD ruthlessly killed an unarmed person, yet the article says he was firing a gun at them: which is it?

Ricardo Reyes
Ricardo Reyes

The blog is written from an unbiased position. The video on Youtube is being posted by someone who is biased. The poster of the video is not affiliated with the writer of the blog, but is using the video. It does look confusing nonetheless.

LA Weekly
LA Weekly

To clarify, we're embedding the video at SF Weekly from an outside source who uploaded to YouTube. We don't vouch for or endorse the statements in the video title, or in the description of the video itself seen over at YouTube.

Tim Harrington
Tim Harrington

The police claim he was firing at them. The person who uploaded the video to YouTube wrote the title, so either they don't believe the police or uploaded it before they had all the information.

Johnniejohn
Johnniejohn

There is another video where you can see the suspect gun and someone in a grey hoodie pickup the gun and leave the scene. I heard that SFPD recover the gun 9 hours later from tip of witnesses. I think SFPD was not in the wrong. He fired and SFPD fires back. 

ak1287
ak1287

It was the latter. 

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