Skip to comments.SAN FRANCISCO: Trashed Mission District businesses want answers
Posted on 05/01/2012 6:09:33 PM PDT by SmithL
Business owners in San Francisco's Mission District, cleaning up after a night in which protesters damaged more than 30 stores and restaurants and vandalized cars, questioned Tuesday why activists had singled them out and why police hadn't done more to halt the rampage.
Among those dealing with the damage were officers at the neighborhood police station, where black-clad, masked activists threw paint and bashed the front door Monday night.
Even as they defended themselves from criticism that they had allowed the vandals to run wild - one restaurant owner said officers even appeared to be "escorting" the group - high-level police officials met to find a better way to handle out-of-control crowds.
The protesters split away at 9 p.m. from an Occupy rally in Dolores Park that was held in advance of Tuesday's May Day actions. Traveling down 18th Street and onto Valencia Street, they smashed windows with crowbars and signs, threw paint and eggs on buildings and spray-painted anarchy symbols on the hoods of parked cars.
"All I heard was, 'bang, bang, bang,' and some dude had the valet sign, trying to break our window," said Adam Koskoff, manager of the Locanda restaurant on Valencia. "I didn't even see the crowd, and I ran outside and got egged."
The vandals damaged restaurants, bakeries and clothing stories, along with at least 17 cars on Valencia and Guerrero streets. An expensive Aston Martin had its windshield shattered, but the protesters damaged everyday cars as well.
At the Mission police station at 17th and Valencia streets, pink and yellow paint was thrown on the barricaded glass doors, which someone cracked with a hammer or similar weapon.
"It was like the station was under siege," said an officer, who asked not to be named.
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These fools shoot themselves in the foot and blame the gun. Sadly but truly they suffer at their own hand. Tolerance has its price.
What a Witless Wonder that Mayor Lee is.
The problem is that these punk agitators will never go near places that would fight back against their anarchy.
I also think that each time these punks act out, they cause another fence sitter to turn right.
That's the sort of incorrect premise that can get one killed, some day. These people are about destroying what you have, because you have it and they don't.
This is so silly.
“HEY San Fransisco businesses”...You’re in progressive, commie, liberal SAN FRANCISCO!! You want a fairly taxed, secure business?? Then GTFO of San Francisco....better yet, GTFO of Kalifornia altogether.
But they could do it in Detroit which is one reason I’m more optimistic than most about Detroit.
Lay down with dogs and you get fleas. And California has been laying down with dogs for two decades now. Let them reap what they’ve sown.
Riding the bus in Oakland this morning, I witnessed a bit of that sentiment. The lines were experiencing delays and detours due to the "Occupy" protests downtown.
So at one stop we picked up this older gentleman, about in his sixties or seventies, overweight, irritated, with a face as pink as the sport shirt he wore.
He began ranting about the protestors, saying at first that he supported them because they were for the resurgence of "the working class" and he was "a union man" from a long ways back, but then paused and said he wasn't so sure about that now because they'd caused his bus to be delayed by 35 minutes.
“Those Koreans couldnt get away with that today.”
Eric Holder would prosecute them for hate crimes, and Marion Barry would hold a press conference: “We gotta get rid of these Asians!”
During the Watts riots, the Koreans defended their shops with guns. But that would never occur to the SF pansie police.
Sorry. I have absolutely no sympathy for anybody who deliberately decides to open a business in a place like San Fransicko.
Okay... I can see maybe somebody going into the gerbil business there.
Yep. Heart of the matter, isn’t it?
I understand the Seattle mayor did the same. I don’t call them Seattlunatics for nothing.
If ya want to know who is at fault, it is the guy that voted DemoRat, donated DemoRat, gave lip service to DemoRat PC, the guy that failed to move his business and jobs he created out of San Fransicko, preferably all the way out of Californicate, and if ya want to speak to him, he's in your bathroom mirror.
Of course, the Marxists wouldn't dare attack those locations for two reasons: First, it's the .01% who fund them in the first place. Second, the cops WILL defend those neighborhoods because it's where their fat salaries really come from.
you're lucky they didn't follow your hero Abby Hoffman's advise and kill you!!!
like the saying goes, play stooopid games, win stooopid prizes
Seattle didn’t come up with much of a response to a total of 200 protestors. They knew there would be problems, but it doesn’t seem they were interested in stopping it.
There was one bit of video from KOMO that showed the SPD harassing an agitator that was pretty good. The fool was confronting the cop and back-pedaling until he tripped (or was tripped) over another cops bike.
Self-inflicted I say.
That picture will be found right next to the picture of the SFPD arresting these domestic terrorists.
hint: they both are non-existent.
Don’t forget the juicy targets on Presidio Terrace off Arguello.