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