Muni to Add More Cops on Buses -- Finally

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Get off the phone!
Starting very soon, you'll notice more cops and less crime (hopefully) while riding Muni.

As we understand it, the SFMTA is deploying more police on buses as part of a larger campaign to reduce the amount of violence and theft happening on the city buses. The extra security will go nicely with Muni's new "Eyes Up, Phones Down" campaign, which is exactly what it sounds like -- get off your damn phone and be aware.

The additional cops are coming on board the same time the District Attorney's Office says its partnering up with Mayor Ed Lee to launch some new initiatives that'll improve security on Muni.

We'll find out more about these initiatives at a press conference later this morning where Muni and friends (Police Chief Greg Suhr, Mayor Ed Lee) will detail your new and improved Muni ride.

The new effort comes a month after 20-year-old Justin Valdez, a San Francisco State student, was fatally shot in the back of the head while exiting Muni in the city's Ingleside District. Police arrested 31-year-old Nikhom Thephakaysone on suspicion of murdering Valdez; prosecutors claim Thephakaysone, who picked Valdez at random, was on a mission to kill.

"This is a wanton killing. There was absolutely no reason for this killing other than pure violence," District Attorney George Gascón said after Thephakaysone appeared in court last month. "This is a cold and calculated murder. This individual went out hunting that night and unfortunately Mr. Valdez was at the wrong place at the wrong time."




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Conor Malcolm Crockford
Conor Malcolm Crockford

i dont want more cops on the muni - great, more people get nabbed for not paying 2 dollars. how is this immediately positive

Aashay Funk
Aashay Funk

Screw this I don't want pigs on the muni, get of the bus yuppies

Jeremy Baker
Jeremy Baker

Lol Eric I wonder how many free rides they give between 5th and 9th

Darryl Manco
Darryl Manco

LOL! What a joke. Muni need to get the trains to run on time first.

Eric Carlson
Eric Carlson

Jessica Brown - that horrible incident was in Oakland about 2/3 of the riders on the F Market ride without paying

Bonnie Blake
Bonnie Blake

Maybe add more busses too. Population in SF is increasing. Many people now working downtown SF take bart/bus. Not only is public transportation in the city unsafe it is horribly crowded.

塞繆塞繆
塞繆塞繆

What do u mean "hopefully" ! It's a joke! I see people stealing phone, purses and wallets on busses! Plus taggin in busses!!!

Jessica Brown
Jessica Brown

They didn't even mention the guy that was just lit on fire. About time!

Jeremy Baker
Jeremy Baker

14, 38, 47, 49, 71 to start with please!!!

Jeremy Baker
Jeremy Baker

I've actually NEVER seen law enforcement on a bus. And I've seen dozens and hundreds of people ride for free...muggings.... General shitty behavior...crackheads....

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