Public Health & Safety

SF Police Shooting Video Shows Former Afghan Interpreter Charged Cops with Kitchen Knife

A former Afghan interpreter who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder was likely in the midst…

Man Shot and Killed by SF Police was Former Afghan Interpreter

Ajmal Amani spent a decade working as a contract translator for Navy SEALS and other U.S. government agencies, his former attorney said.

SF District Attorney Chesa Boudin Announces Felony Charges in Retail Crime Spree

Thefts at Union Square and other locations give ammunition to the DA’s critics.

When Cops Are Addicts: Pharmacy Robbery Sheds Rare Light on Drug Abuse Among First Responders

San Francisco police Sgt. Davin Cole made a living helping people who struggle with drug addiction. Then he allegedly robbed a pharmacy.

Merchants Remain Uneasy, But Shoppers Unfazed Following Union Square Thefts

Some Union Square merchants questioned the efficacy of the city’s approach to deterring crime over the holidays, which includes restricting cars and an amped-up police presence.

SF Police Fatally Shoot Suspect at SoMa Residential Hotel

The man was struck by gunfire near Fifth and Folsom streets at some time before 9 a.m. near the Covered Wagon Hotel at 917 Folsom Street, sources said.

As Casual Partiers Fall to Fentanyl, Local Activists Fight Back with Simple Test Strip

FentCheck co-founder Alison Heller says hardcore opioid users aren’t the only ones who need to worry about accidental overdoses.

Stefani Proposes Ballot Measure to Create Independent Victims’ Rights Office, Right to Counsel for Domestic Violence Survivors

The proposal will appear on the June 2022 ballot and seeks to create a one-stop shop for crime victims.

White House Extends FEMA Reimbursement for Shelter-in-Place Hotels, But Impact on S.F.’s Program Is Unclear

FEMA will reimburse costs of shelter-in-place hotels through April 2022, though city officials haven’t decided how the extension will affect plans to wind down the program next year.

Tenderloin Trauma: Residents Demand Emergency Action from City Hall as Safety Fears Spike

Recent shootings and attacks in the Tenderloin have made life traumatic for families and residents, said a neighborhood group demanding action from City Hall.