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SFPD Make Arrests of Violent Anarchist Group Involved in Vandalism/ Assaults on Police Officers
12-124
Posted Date: 10/9/2012

 lauren smith
Lauren Smith

 bryan mitchell
Bryan Mitchell

 jami williams
Jami Williams

 roht upadhya
Roht Upadhya

 laura zelko
Laura Zelko

 michael pellagatti
Michael Pellagatti

 daniel bash
Daniel Bash

 golan ariel
Ariel Golan

 paul murufas
Paul Murufas

 gabrielle silverman
Gabrielle Silverman

 edward medina
Edward Medina

 maria lewis
Maria Lewis

 robert donohoe
Robert Donohoe

 cicily cooper
Cicily Cooper

 dante cano
Dante Cano

 mabie benjamin
Benjamin Mabie

 cammi morgan
Cammi Morgan

 may young
May Young

 andrea abi-karam
Andrea Abi-Karam

 michael thurman
Michael Thurman

 
On October 6, 2012, at approximately 2:50 P.M., a group of approximately 100 persons who identified themselves as members of the criminal street gang, Black Blok gathered at Justin Herman Plaza. The group began an unpermitted march westbound on Market Street. Many in the group wore black clothing and masks covering their faces as they took to the streets disrupting the normal flow of traffic. Officers arrived in the area and were immediately struck by projectiles thrown by members of this group. One officer was struck in the head and sustained non-life threatening injuries. Police issued numerous warnings that the march was unpermitted and those participating were in violation of the law and subject to arrest. Several vehicles and businesses in the Financial District were also vandalized by this group as they marched through the streets.

Several of these persons then threw road flares and bags of paint at the officers. Some of these paint bags contained rocks, apparently intended to cause injury and damage to their targets. Several officers were struck with these “paint grenades” which covered the officers and their uniforms in paint. Due to the ongoing assaults against police officers and the threat to public safety, police moved swiftly to stop their progress and place them under arrest at California and Battery streets.

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A portion of the group broke through the police line and ran to the area of Pine and Sansome streets where they were arrested by additional officers responding to the scene. San Francisco Police made approximately 20 arrests from both locations combined. The suspects were booked on one or more of the following charges: conspiracy, riot, refusing to obey a lawful order from a peace officer; resisting, delaying or obstructing a peace officer; and assault and battery on a peace officer.

A search of the arrested suspects’ backpacks revealed that many of them were armed with various weapons. The weapons included hammers, an ice pick, road flares, illegal fireworks, more bags of paint containing rocks and other weapons.

Booking photos and photos of the weapons seized accompany this press release.
Of those arrested, eleven were male and nine were female. Their cities of residence include one from San Francisco, and others from Oakland, Concord, Martinez, Newark, Mount Shasta, La Verne, Long Beach and San Diego as well as several whose identities and cities of residences have yet to be verified.

Police believe that many of the persons in this group were also responsible for similar acts that occurred in the City’s Mission District on September 20th and 21st. During those events, numerous cars and businesses were damaged, residents threatened and at least one officer was struck in the head by a projectile, causing a non-life threatening injury.

Any witnesses to the acts of vandalism and violence perpetrated by this group are encouraged to notify San Francisco Police by calling the Special Investigations Division at (415) 553-1133, the Anonymous Tip Line at (415) 575-4444 or Text a Tip to: TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.

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