SFPD Accused of Brutality Against Cyclist, Rally Planned for Tonight (VIDEO)

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You might want to stay clear of the Mission District this evening, unless of course you, too, are pissed-off at the police over this video that some will say shows San Francisco cops unnecessarily beating a cyclist.

The incident took place on Friday afternoon at the Valencia Gardens public housing complex when 20-year-old D'Paris Charles Williams was arrested after allegedly riding his bicycle on the sidewalk.

The arrest incited some harsh words, fights -- and a YouTube video for the public to view.

Here's another:



According to Williams' friend
, Travis Jensen, who shot the video footage, Williams was riding his bike on the sidewalk up to his residence after spending the day at the Batkid festivities when he was approached by undercover officers. The cops reportedly said something to him before they grabbed Williams from behind and beat him for no apparent reason, according to witnesses.

When witnesses saw this, they jumped it, "out of concern" for Williams. Needless to say, that didn't go over well.

"People don't get that upset for no reason. They were upset because they were seeing [Williams] getting beaten," Jensen told ABC News.

But Officer Gordon Shyy said the fight actually escalated when Williams tried to flee into a residence after plainclothes officers tried to stop him for a vehicle code violation. He then allegedly resisted the officers, who used "reasonable force" and arrested him, Shyy told the news station.

In the end, four people, including Williams, were arrested, Shyy said. Williams and another person were arrested for felonies, one was arrested for a misdemeanor and the fourth was cited and released. Williams was booked into custody on suspicion of assault and battery on an officer, felony resisting arrest, a traffic code violation and an outstanding local warrant, Shyy said.

Jensen said he and other community members are planning to hold a rally at 5 p.m. Tuesday outside the Mission Police Station to protest the cops -- and their actions.




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Kevin Kirby
Kevin Kirby

Shell-shocked vets from the Moslem Incursions advance to the domestic forefront. But how can you tell them apart from the army of thugs posing as plainclothes lugs?

ethernot
ethernot

"Plainclothes officers" detaining a bicyclist for a "vehicle code violation" ?!

Typical BS pretext for a little "stop-n-frisk" fishing expedition …

Protect and Serve has become Control and Suppress.

Bobby Bass
Bobby Bass

Who do they think they are anyway, LAPD?!

Danny Burr
Danny Burr

I love how military or ex military always defend these dipshits. Keep doing what you're told. Brainwashed (fact) robots.

Patrick Carroll
Patrick Carroll

I am a huge critic of bicyclists' casual regard for rules, but having seen the videos this was way over the top. Yes, breaking the rules is bad, but police brutality is worse. Way worse.

Yasmina Points At Him
Yasmina Points At Him

DID You see the video? Of course they did. The plain clothes officer attacked the bystander. Hope he gets a lawyer, he has a good case with this video. There was no way he could have know that guys was an officer of the law he never stopped and identified himself once nor told him to stay back he just attacked him and then they all did like a pack of wolves. Police brutality at it's finest.

Kr Cie
Kr Cie

Daniella: The cops needed to assert more authority? They already beat him; what did you want them to do? Kill him? Would that have been better?

Ronald Edwards
Ronald Edwards

Maybe, but I'm sure the bicycle community has known for a very long time that a lot if cyclists have really been pushing well beyond tolerance, the rest of society. If you grab a stick and poke a bear, it's not the bears fault when it attacks when you poke it.

Daniella Cat
Daniella Cat

I really hope nobody goes to this rally tonight. This is ridiculous mayhem, that nobody should assume they understand. All I see are people crossing the lines with respect to the police needing space to do their jobs, and a bunch of people throwing out comments with trigger words to get people hyped up to think it's a case of police brutality, when it isn't. If anything, the cops needed to assert more authority here.

Yasmina Points At Him
Yasmina Points At Him

DID You see the video? Of course they did. The plain clothes officer attacked the bystander. Hope he gets a lawyer, he has a good case with this video. There was no way he could have know that guys was an officer of the law he never stopped and identified himself once nor told him to stay back he just attacked him and then they all did like a pack of wolves. Police brutality at it's finest.

Eli Wadley
Eli Wadley

I thought when you did something illegal you just got arrested. I did not realize that if I rode my bike on the sidewalk the legal consequence was to be brutally beaten by a bunch of cops.

Bonnie Blake
Bonnie Blake

Provocative action by bike rider. The law exists to protect walkers including senior citizens with cane .pregnant women, toddlers.

asalcido98
asalcido98

fuck the police north and south 

Maurice Rivers
Maurice Rivers

It is illegal in San Francisco for anyone over the age of 13 to be riding a bike on the sidewalk. With all of the bike lanes being installed all over the city, get off the damn sidewalk and leave it to the pedestrians. No sympathy from me for someone who broke the law and all the people living there trying to scream "racism" and make this bigger than what it really is.

Chris Vasquez
Chris Vasquez

Give me a break. All those morons fighting the police, deverved what they get. Would have been great to see the idiot that took the footage get a baton up his ass too.

John Lilly
John Lilly

They always go just as far as the people on the streets, then a little bit more. That's what cops do. Any idiot knows not to fuck with a cop while he's engaged with a suspect. That's a great way to get injured. Why the guy was riding his bike on the sidewalk, or why the cops were patrolling that neighborhood are different stories entirely.

humankind
humankind

Dear SFPD, We know the majority of us could not and world not take on the job of being a Policewo/man but if it's the life you chose, than at least choose to remain in touch with your own humanity.  And, if you've gotten this far in life, then you have had the opportunity of being a teenager but for the Grace of God you didn't cross paths with someone like yourself.

somepinko
somepinko

@Ronald Edwards I guess the difference is that Bears have no obligation to protecting human beings, and humans have the ability to think before they act.. and usually when you poke a bear, 4 other bears don't roll up and gang up on you. My point being... they have tasers, handcuffs, radios,  higher numbers, and the power of intimidation. If they need to beat the life out of someone to stop them from riding their bicycle on the sidewalk, they are shitty cops. Let alone beating the life from someone AFTER THEY WERE NO LONGER RIDING THEIR BICYCLE. Come on, protect and serve my ass.

bdsl1
bdsl1 topcommenter

@Bonnie Blake Were you there? Being familiar with this block and walking past it several times a week I would bet you dollars to donuts (see what I did there) there was no one this young man was impeding with his bike other than the cops who were bored and looking to pick a fight. 

bdsl1
bdsl1 topcommenter

@Chris Vasquez Yes! Death to the observant! Documenting government action is wrong! Kneel before authority and take the supple $%^ of justice directly down your throat, pal. 

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