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SF Public Defender Jeff Adachi Explains What Was Wrong With The Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

3 hours 46 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi expressed disappointment Wednesday with the grand jury’s decision declining to indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

Among “biased legal and ethical decisions” Adachi included in a written statement, was allowing local prosecutor Robert McCulloch, who has strong family connections to police, to supervise the presentation of evidence. As a result, Adachi said the police investigation was rife with the following problems:

  • “Because it was a grand jury inquiry and not a trial, Wilson took the stand in secrecy and without benefit of a cross-examination. Prosecutors not only failed to probe his incredible testimony but frequently appeared to be bolstering his claim of self-defense. Transcripts reveal that witnesses whose accounts contradicted Wilson’s were rigorously questioned by prosecutors.
  • Dorian Johnson, the key witness who was standing next to Brown during the encounter, provided strong testimony that called into question Wilson’s claim that he was defending his life against a deranged aggressor. Johnson testified that Wilson, enraged that the young men did not obey his order to get on the sidewalk, threw his patrol car into reverse. While Wilson claimed Brown prevented him from opening his door, Johnson testified that the officer smacked them with the door after nearly hitting the pair. Johnson described the ensuing struggle as Wilson attempting to pull Brown through the car window by his neck and shirt, and Brown pulling away. Johnson never saw Brown reach for Wilson’s gun or punch the officer. Johnson testified that he watched a wounded Brown partially raise his hands and say, ‘I don’t have a gun’ before being fatally shot.
  • Wilson’s description of Brown as a ‘demon’ with superhuman strength and unremitting rage, and his description of the neighborhood as ‘hostile,’ illustrate implicit racial bias that taints use-of-force decisions. These biases surely contribute to the fact that African Americans are 21 times more likely to be shot by police than whites in the U.S., but the statement’s racial implications remained unexamined.
  • Prosecutors never asked Wilson why he did not attempt to drive away while Brown was allegedly reaching through his vehicle window or to reconcile the contradiction between his claim that Brown punched the left side of his face and the documented injuries which appear on his right side.Wilson, who is 6 feet 4 inches tall and 210 pounds, is never asked to explain why he ‘felt like a five-year-old holding on to Hulk Hogan’ during his struggle with Brown, who is Wilson’s height and 290 pounds.”

Adachi said he hopes more police departments will begin using technology, such as body cameras, to improve transparency and accountability.

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More Than 20,000 Sign Petition To Block Proposed Sidewalk Toll On Golden Gate Bridge

4 hours 49 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – An online petition calling to put an end to a proposal that would implement a pedestrian and bike fee for people crossing the Golden Gate Bridge has already gathered thousands of signatures.

The Care2 petition was launched after the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board of Directors voted in October to keep considering a pedestrian and cyclist fee for those crossing the span.

“The Care2 petition is opposed to the fee and it is asking the Board of Directors to kill the proposal and not institute a fee,” said Julie Mastrine, social media manager for Care2, a petition site and online community that has more than 26 million members worldwide.

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As of Thursday morning, the campaign has gathered more than 20,000 signatures, which Mastrine considered her “magic number.”

“After I am satisfied with the number of signatures, I will deliver the petition to district officials,” said Mastrine. “It has generated interest mostly in California. But there are signatures on the petition from all over the world. Everyone knows the Golden Gate Bridge.”

Earlier this week, two members of the state Assembly, Assemblymen Phil Ting, D-San Francisco and Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, said they would introduce a bill in Sacramento that would keep the sidewalk open, free of charge.

Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District staff have until 2017 to research how much a fee would be, and how much revenue it could generate.

 

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Thanksgiving Day Is The New Black Friday: Deep Discounts Starting Earlier This Year

5 hours 9 min ago

SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) — The traditional kick-off to the holiday shopping season may be Black Friday, but retailers are doing things a bit differently this time around by offering some of the deepest discounts on Thanksgiving Day.

Shoppers camped out overnight with sleeping bags, tents and even a fire to keep warm waiting for the Best Buy in Almaden Valley to open up.

Although shoppers can save a lot of money by coming out to stores in person, data suggests that money can be saved by staying at home and shopping online — but on Thanksgiving Day.

Adobe system analysts crunching data for online shopping trends have found that retailers will discount items on Thanksgiving by 24 percent on average. That’s slightly better than Black Friday discounts which average 23 percent. By Cyber Monday, discounts drop to about 20 percent.

“The data indicates that Thursday is going to be the lowest price day of the entire year on average,” Adobe analyst Tamara Gaffney said. “By the time we get to Cyber Monday, there are five times more out of stock situations.”

There are some deals shoppers can only get in person on Thanksgiving. Known as “door busters,” retailers continue to try and get people in the door, increasing the chance that shoppers will spend more money than intended.

 

 

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5 Apps For Hacking Black Friday And Finding The Best Deals

7 hours 4 min ago

(CBS SF) — Long lines and heavy crowds can overwhelm even the savviest of shoppers in a mad dash to find the best deals over the Black Friday weekend.

If you prefer a more orderly experience compared to door-mobbing crowds, look no further than your smartphone to help save you a few bucks and keep your sanity.

1. PriceJump: This new comparison app from Savings.com scans over 5,000 retailer Web sites to give shoppers a snapshot of every available prices. All the searches show the best online price, the best local price (you can set your own radius up to 20 miles), and the best Amazon price. But beware: the app doesn’t always factor in shipping and taxes costs. (Free, for iOS devices)

2. SplashShopper:  Making a list? This smart list manager great for anytime of the year will help you search for gifts, organize them into different categorie and track prices. The app will also suggest items with estimated prices tailored to fit your budget. For the truly organized, it will also sync with desktop versions of the app, sold separately. ($1.99, for iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices)

3. Chameleon:  This app gives shoppers points just for walking into their favorite stores. It also has guided maps of several malls to help you find the restroom and quickest route to different stores. A step further, it features user reviews that often tell you where in a store an item is. New this year: includes a guide to which stores accept Apple Pay. (Free, for iOS devices)

4. ShopSavvy:  Shoppers can scan a product’s barcode to find the best deals at major retailers, availability and more. You can also sign up for alerts on new deals and browse a comprehensive list of sales from hundreds of stores and brands, updated in real time.  (Free, for iOS and Android devices)

5. Raise: Gift card marketplace Raise.com rolled out an app that lets shoppers save instantly by buying unused gift cards for less than their face value. In a matter of seconds, consumers can can find a discounted gift card from thousands of retailers, purchase it on their smartphone and then present a barcode at checkout. (Free, for iOS devices)

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MC Hammer, Local Leaders Kicking Off Annual Turkey Trot In Walnut Creek

8 hours 38 min ago

WALNUT CREEK (CBS SF) — Thousands of runners are set to jumpstart their Thanksgiving holiday in downtown Walnut Creek Thursday with encouragement from friends, family, local leaders and East Bay Area rap legend MC Hammer.

The rap icon will join Walnut Creek Mayor Kristina Lawson and Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti to officially kick off the 22nd Annual Turkey Trot, sponsored by Forma Gym.

More than 7,000 people are expected to attend the event starting at 8 a.m. in Civic Park. This year’s Turkey Trot will include 10k and 5k runs and a kids’ Fun Run, and all proceeds will go to local charities such as the Forma Kids’ Foundation, the Walnut Creek Education Foundation and the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

Race organizers say Philadelphia Phillies All-Star shortstop and Bay Area native Jim Rollins will also attend the event to draw attention and support for the Rollins Family Foundation, which provides fresh food for needy children and families.

Race participants are encouraged to get to Civic Park, located at 1375 Civic Drive, by 7 a.m. to ensure ample time to park, register and use on-site porta-potties.

 

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Week 13 Injury Report: 49ers Not 100% Up Front, Otherwise Both Teams Healthy

8 hours 39 min ago

By Jerrell Richardson

Most NFL games are won at the point of attack. This especially rings true for this Thursday’s game between the 49ers and Seahawks. Both teams’ offense centers around the run, and whichever team wins the battle in the trenches figures to have a leg up on the scoreboard. Knowing this, it’s not a good sign that San Francisco has 4 lineman on this week’s injury report, amongst others. Seattle on the other hand is relatively healthy, although it’s at least worth noting that their most important offensive weapon is not 100% and they will be without their starting center.

Smith Sits Due to An Injury

Justin Smith has missed his fair share of practices this year, but until this week it had nothing to do with an injury. His prior time off was due to his veteran body simply needing time to rest in between games. This week though his back has been acting up, and has kept him off the practice field. He has played through far worst though, and will be on the field for a game of this magnitude.

3 Players Ruled Out

There are 3 49ers who will not play, but only Anthony Davis will affect the team. The offensive tackle has missed the past two games, unable to get over his concussion and the team will use Jonathan Martin in his place. Martin has had to step in several times this season and has played well, but will need to step up his play for the formidable Seahawks defense. Depth wise the team is fine, but it raises the level of concern since this is usually an injury cleared up in a week, and might be more serious than originally thought.

Glenn Dorsey and Derek Carrier have also been ruled out, but Dorsey has not played this season, and Carrier is the team’s 3rd string tight end, so neither will be sorely missed Thursday. Vance McDonald is listed as questionable so the team might have just Vernon Davis available, but this is not too big of a concern at a position that has a minimal role other than blocking in this offense. The rest of the 49ers listed as injured will be on the field and ready to go.

San Francisco 49ers

Did Not Participate In Practice:

CB Tramaine Brock (hamstring), TE Derek Carrier (foot), T Anthony Davis (concussion), DT Glenn Dorsey (forearm).

Limited In Practice:

WR Bruce Ellington (ankle), TE Vance McDonald (back), Ray McDonald (knee), DE Justin Smith (back).

Full Participation In Practice:

RB Frank Gore (knee), WR Brandon Lloyd (quadriceps), RB Bruce Miller (shoulder), S Eric Reid (ankle), S Raymond Ventrone (groin).

Seattle Seahawks

Did Not Participate In Practice:

TE Cooper Helfet (ankle), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (shoulder), Max Unger (knee, ankle).

Limited In Practice:

CB Jeremy Lane (glute).

Full Participation In Practice:

RB Marshawn Lynch (back), WR Jermaine Kearse (ankle), CB Marcus Burley (hamstring), G James Carpenter (ankle), DE Demarcus Dobbs (knee).

Seattle Running Game Not Quite Full Strength

The only real significant Seattle player who will be unable to play is Max Unger. The center hurt both his knee and ankle a few weeks back and has not recovered. The Seahawks have both played, and won without him and with two backups available are not exactly worried, although they would obviously prefer their opening day starter. Other then Unger Seattle is as healthy as they could except to be after playing just 5 days ago. Marshawn Lynch was limited earlier in week with a bad back, but don’t expect to see any ill effects in his play come game time.

For more 49ers news and updates, visit 49ers Central.

Jerrell Richardson is a Bay Area native who due to a college career at San Diego State University has grown an appreciation for all things sports related in California. His heart will always remain in San Francisco though where he currently resides and covers everything from the San Francisco 49ers and Giants to the San Jose Sharks and California Bears Baseball team. Jerrell is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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Roadway Clear After Multi-Car Collision Kills One On Hwy 880 In Hayward

8 hours 52 min ago

HAYWARD (CBS SF) — All lanes have reopened after a fatal multi-vehicle accident and a second collision caused extended closures on northbound Interstate Highway 880 in Hayward throughout Thursday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The first accident was first reported at 2:26 a.m. near the West A Street off ramp, CHP officials said.

A sig-alert was issued at 2:38 a.m., shutting down all lanes until one right-hand lane was reopened at 3:33 a.m.

The second accident was reported at 5:10 a.m. near the Winton Avenue off ramp, according to the CHP.

CHP issued a second sig-alert for the area, maintaining that only one right-hand lane was open amidst the investigation of the two collisions.

The sig-alert was cancelled at 6:20 a.m. when all lanes were reopened.

 

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30 + Arrests Late Wednesday After Oakland Police Call For Added Support On Third Night Of Protests

15 hours 28 min ago

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Oakland police called in additional help from outside agencies to respond to continuing protests including more California Highway Patrol officers assigned to protecting freeway access, officials said Wednesday.

Protesters marched from Frank Ogawa Plaza Wednesday evening in the third such event this week, responding to a grand jury’s decision to not indict Ferguson, Missouri, Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

Late Wednesday, authorities said that more than 30 protesters had been arrested in Oakland as the demonstrations deteriorated into unrest and vandalism.

Police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said that small groups began moving through the streets with some vandalizing property, mainly breaking windows.

Most of the protesters had dispersed but shortly before midnight Watson said that there was still a very small group that police were monitoring.

Police have arrested 135 people in the past 48 hours as a result of the protests on suspicion of charges including looting, vandalism, assault, failure to disperse, obstruction and obstructing a highway.

Oakland police said three officers were injured Tuesday night, and the California Highway Patrol said on Tuesday that protesters were throwing bottles and rocks at officers.

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Protesters have succeeded in blocking traffic on Interstate Highway 580 and Interstate Highway 980 two nights in a row.

On Tuesday night, 300 to 400 protesters briefly blocked Interstate Highway 980 around 6:30 p.m., according to the CHP. By 7 p.m., protesters had shut down an off-ramp to Interstate Highway 880 at Broadway before the group snaked its way through West Oakland and marched up Telegraph Avenue.

Several protesters lit dumpsters on fire and the windows of businesses were smashed along the street.

One group climbed over a fence and rushed onto the on-ramp to Interstate Highway 580 near 35th Street. Police quickly surrounded the group and ushered them off the freeway.

While some got away, others were arrested and several dozen protesters were cited. Police said the protesters were arrested for “a variety of crimes.”

CHP officials said one firearm was recovered while groups set fires and vandalized police cars.

A statement issued by police officials today warns that while the police department supports the right to peaceful assembly and protest, officers will take enforcement actions against those committing acts of violence, theft and vandalism.

“We understand and share the frustration these events have caused for many Oakland residents and business owners and ask that you continue to support and collaborate with us as we work to keep the peace,” the statement said, urging anyone witnessing criminal activity to “distance themselves from involved individuals” and call police.

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Caught On Video: Dozens Of Cars Involved In Wild Sideshow Near Port Of Oakland

15 hours 29 min ago

OAKLAND (KPIX) — In a wild scene captured live by Chopper 5 Wednesday night, hundreds of spectators and dozens of cars staged a wild sideshow near the Port of Oakland.

California Highway Patrol said they were responding to the sideshow over Twitter at 11:53 p.m. Wednesday.

Dozens of people were detained after officers finished breaking up the gathering early Thursday morning, according to CHP officials.

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Retail Profiling Lawsuits: Businesses Would Rather Lose Merchandise Than Detain Potential Shoplifters

15 hours 39 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Retailers lose $45 billion dollars annually to theft, about $10 billion of that to shoplifting.

Yet the last thing stores may want to do is catch a thief.

Chris Mcgoey knows all the tricks. He’s been in the loss prevention business for almost 40 years. On an undercover tour of a big box store he showed us how shoplifters stash things and how to pick out what he calls “likely candidates”, like women with big purses in shopping carts. Or shoppers with baby carriers.

Mcgoey admits it’s profiling. “It’s not based on race, religion, sex, age, any of those, it’s really based on behavior.  But he says these days some retailers would rather lose the merchandise than detain anyone. “America is  just shaking in their boots, they are scared. If you stop someone and they haven’t stolen anything you are sued.”

Earlier this year Barneys in New York paid half a million dollars to settle accusations it was singling out minority shoppers. The state launched an investigation after 19-year-old Trayon Christian sued the store for detaining him and questioning his ability to pay for an expensive belt.

Just days later actor Rob Brown sued Macy’s in New York for parading him around in handcuffs. That after they accused him of using a fake credit card to buy an expensive watch. The latest store under fire:  Rite Aid in Corte Madera.

“It’s scary, humiliating, it’s sad, not fair and its wrong, said Anna. She was too embarrassed to show her face or use her real name when she talked to KPIX5. She says she was detained and accused of shoplifting at the store last summer.

Store security video shows her talking to a cashier, but never touching or buying anything. Even so, a security guard follows her out. “He grabbed me by my right elbow,” she said.  She’s suing Rite Aid for false imprisonment.

“This lady is hurt to her core,” said her attorney Charles Bonner. “We have seen this happen again and again, it’s called shopping while black,” he said.

Mcgoey wouldn’t comment about the case but says at some stores loss prevention employees have quotas to fill. “You are expected to get someone at least once a week,” he said.

He says under that kind of pressure race could become an issue. But you can’t let color blind the facts. “You have to see the customer approach the merchandise, you have to see them conceal it. You talk about interjecting yourself into their life ad their civil rights, so you better darn well know what you are doing.

Rite Aid says it cannot comment because of the pending litigation.

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Bay Area Family Delivers Petition To Disney Asking For Film Characters With Down Syndrome

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 22:47

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — Keston Ott-Dahl and her partner Andrea are moms on a mission: to get the Walt Disney studios to create a role model that their daughter Delaney, who has Down syndrome, can relate to.

The couple started an online petition to ask Disney to introduce movie characters with disabilities, particularly Down syndrome.

“I want people to know how amazing children with Down syndrome are,” Ott-Dahl told CBS. “We put the petition up and we had a thousand signatures in an hour. So then we knew we had something.”

The petition calls upon the studio to add characters more like Delaney to future projects “not to make a movie about Down syndrome but just to make it incidental that a character, hero or heroine, has Down syndrome,” said Ott-Dahl.

The family made the trek from their Antioch home to Burbank on Wednesday to make sure Disney executives felt the full weight of the widespread support for their petition — all 75,000 signatures.

The journey really began when Delaney was watching the Disney animated film “Frozen” with her big sister Jules. Jules told her mom that Delaney could never be a princess because there was no princess with Down syndrome.

That spurred the Keston and Andrea to create the petition.

In response Disney responded with this statement:

“The Disney Brand has always been inclusive with stories that reflect acceptance and tolerance and celebrate the differences that make our characters uniquely wonderful in their own way.”

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Oakland Protests Have Law Enforcement Officials Worried For Their Safety

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 21:05

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — The chair of the Oakland City Council’s Public Safety Committee alleged Wednesday that there hasn’t been adequate coordination between the Oakland Police Department and other law enforcement agencies in responding to protests the past two nights.

Councilman Noel Gallo said Oakland police officers, California Highway Patrol officers and Alameda County sheriff’s deputies have all called him to say that they’ve been concerned about their safety during the protests and complain about what he called “a lack of cooperation” between the agencies.

“The cooperation between law enforcement agencies needs to be clear,” Gallo said.

The demonstrators have been protesting a grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

Oakland police didn’t respond to a request for comment on Gallo’s allegation about the lack of coordination between the agencies. The CHP and the Alameda County sheriff’s office have helped Oakland police respond to the protests as part of a mutual aid agreement.

Gallo said he asked Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent to brief City Council members about the protests Wednesday because council members have been “left out of the loop” until now.

Gallo said the three law enforcement agencies have now “come together and are organized in what our actions will be” in dealing with future protests but he said “that wasn’t the case the first two nights.”

Oakland police said 43 people were arrested on Monday night and 92 people were arrested on Tuesday night.

On Tuesday night, protesters briefly blocked Interstate Highway 980 and Interstate Highway 580 and also vandalized businesses on Telegraph Avenue.

City Councilman Dan Kalb, who represents North Oakland, said protesters attacked businesses from 34th Street and Telegraph Avenue all the way up to a shopping center at 51st Street and Telegraph.

“Many places were hit by vandals and looters,” Kalb said.

He said he’s talked to many business owners who were affected by the vandalism and he said, “There’s a lot of frustration and disappointment and annoyance that this happened.”

Kalb, who also serves on the Public Safety Committee, said he’s not aware of any problems with Oakland police coordinating with the other law enforcement agencies.

But he said, “It’s bewildering that people who allegedly are protesting against the events in Missouri and other police misconduct are throwing rocks in windows and looting stores.”

“That doesn’t do anything to push forward the message about racial inequities,” Kalb said.

“Most protesters are good people” but he said those who committed violence are “criminal vandals who haven’t earned the right to be called protesters,” he said.

Kalb said police have faced a difficult situation in dealing with the protests because there have been many pockets of fast-moving demonstrators.

He said the violence by some protesters “was planned, not spontaneous” and some people set fires to make it harder for officers to catch them.

Mayor-elect Libby Schaaf, who also serves on the Public Safety Committee, didn’t comment directly on the police response to the protests but said, “The violence and destruction is outrageous and unacceptable.”

“I, too, feel great pain about the grand jury’s verdict and what it represents,” Schaaf said. “It’s further evidence of broken institutions and the need for a lot of healing in our country.”

But, Schaaf said, “Pelting officers with rocks does not serve justice and destroying small business owners’ dreams is not justice.”

She said, “The nature of the crowd compromised officer safety.

It’s beyond frustrating to watch vandals destroy property and vandalize our city.”

Schaaf said some protesters acted so violently toward officers that the police department had to take officer safety into consideration in how it deployed officers.

“It constrained their ability to more pro-actively prevent destruction,” she said.

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Former Judge Teaches Class In Oakland On ‘How Not To Get Shot’ By The Police

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 20:12

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — African-Americans often talk about the tacit or unspoken survival rules they have always followed when dealing with white police. Fathers passing those rules along to their sons sometimes called it, “The Talk.” The rules kept blacks alive during the era of Jim Crow and the reign of white supremacist groups like the Ku Klux Klan.

Times have changed, an African-American president is in the White House, but the number of blacks getting killed by white police officers is disturbing. According to recent accounts of justifiable homicide reported to the FBI, nearly two times a week in the United States, a white police officer killed a black person during a seven-year period ending in 2012. One in 5 of the victims was under the age of 18.

Administrative law judge, Demetrius Shelton has spent the past four years teaching young kids how to avoid disaster when dealing with police today.

Basically, Shelton teaches them how not to get shot.

“All too often we’re hearing of these situations. The Michael Brown incident, the Trayvon Martin situation,” said Shelton. “It can be a matter of life and death.”

Shelton hosted a recent workshop at Castlemont High School, in Oakland. He says behavior that used to get kids sent to the principal’s office, now gets them thrown in jail.

“We want, above all, for the young people to survive the interaction. If anything was done wrong, we’ll take care of it later,” he explained.

Part of that means learning your basic legal rights. For example, police can ask for identification, but the students have the right to record the traffic stop on their phone.

“It’s important to know your rights and responsibilities, and it’s also important to use sound judgment,” said Shelton.

But judgment isn’t as clearly defined as the letter of the law. Comments can be misinterpreted and body language can be misunderstood.

Shelton warns kids not to do anything that can be perceived as threatening.

“There’s a safety concern, all around, on both sides,” Shelton tells the kids.

Shelton believes ultimately, there is the matter of trust, something that has been lost in many communities. We witnessed the results of that loss in Ferguson.

“I think there is a lack of trust in the legal system and I think that frustration is what has resulted in the protests that are taking place across the country.”

One of Shelton’s students listed the things he would do in the event of a confrontation with an officer.

“Remain respectful, remain steady, keep my head on straight.”

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Parents Beware: Identity Thieves Target Your Kids’ Unused Social Security Numbers

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 20:00

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — The recent rash of retail security breaches have many adults keeping a closer watch on their bank statements and credit reports. But most people don’t realize that kids — even babies — can be targets of identity thieves.

Child identity-theft rates were found to be more than 50 times higher than the average adult’s, in a study published by the CyLab at Carnegie Mellon University.

That study indicated that 1 in 10 children had someone else using their Social Security number.

Those numbers are especially valuable to crooks because a child’s credit record is pristine — and rarely checked before they turn 18.

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For that reason, it’s a good idea to make sure your underage child has no credit record, which is an indication that their identity has been compromised, according to Kenneth H. Abbe, a staff attorney with the Federal Trade Commission.

Transunion offers a simple e-mail option on their website at:

http://www.transunion.com/personal-credit/credit-disputes/fraud-victim-resources/child-identity-theft.page

Experian offers this mail-in form (click “Minor Child Instructions”):

http://www.experian.com/fraud/center.html

Equifax simply offers an address to mail in a request.

http://www.alerts.equifax.com/AutoFraud_Online/jsp/minor_child_warning.jsp

If you find your kid’s ID has been compromised, the first step is to file a police report. The Identity Theft Council will provide free resources to victims at: http://www.identitytheftcouncil.org

The best defense is prevention. Think twice before giving out your child’s Social Security number. Just because your school or doctor asks for it, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s required.

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2 Hospitalized After Vehicle Hits Traffic Light Pole, Then Pedestrian Near Market & 7th In SF

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 18:30

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)_ Two people were hospitalized after a driver struck a traffic signal pole and then a pedestrian in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood Wednesday afternoon.

The crash was reported around 2:30pm on McAllister Street between Leavenworth Street and Charles J. Brenham Place.

San Francisco fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said the driver of the vehicle struck a traffic signal and then a pedestrian.

Initial reports suggested the pedestrian was a bicyclist.

Talmadge said two people were transported to the hospital, one suffering from potentially life-threatening injuries.

Henry Ntuyen, a baker at California Bakery, which is located at that intersection, said he was inside working when he heard a loud noise come from the street.

He looked outside and saw a vehicle had come to a stop on the sidewalk across the street from the bakery, but wasn’t sure how many people were injured.

Market Street was shutdown to traffic around 7th Street and McAllister and Leavenworth for over an hour.

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SF’s Mayor Lee Kicks Off Lefty O’Doul’s 14th Annual Toy Drive With Glide Memorial Church

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 18:13

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— It may be the day before Thanksgiving, but instead of turkeys, toys are on the minds of some San Francisco dignitaries. Representatives from Glide Memorial Church helped spread the word in Union Square Wednesday about the 14th annual Lefty O’Doul’s Toy Drive.

Rev. Cecil Williams was joined by Mayor Ed Lee who said that the Central Subway construction and other projects along major merchant corridors were temporarily “buttoned up” so that people could enjoy their shopping experience.

“Let’s give, give, give out of our hearts and gratitude to each other and keep our community strong,” said Lee.

Rev. Williams said with the help of Lefty O’Doul’s, they will meet their goal of 10,000 toys collected, which is 2,000 more than last year.

“We have a need,” Williams said. “The need is to make sure that all the children, especially the young people, get toys.”

You can drop off toys for the less fortunate at Lefty O’Doul’s at Geary and Powell or Glide Memorial Church at Ellis and Taylor.

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All But 1 of 6 Released From Hospital In San Francisco Mission District Shooting

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 18:00

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Six people were shot and wounded outside a popular music venue in San Francisco’s Mission District early this morning moments after a hip-hop concert ended, police said.
San Francisco police Officer Grace Gatpandan said that officers responded to Mission and 13th streets at 12:46 a.m. following reports of a shooting outside the Brick and Mortar Music Hall located at 1710 Mission St.

Four victims were found at the scene. Two of the victims were initially suffering from life-threatening injuries, according to San Francisco police Sgt. Monica MacDonald.

After the four victims were transported to San Francisco General Hospital, an additional victim walked into the hospital and a sixth victim was driven to a hospital in the East Bay, MacDonald said.

Gatpandan said all six victims are in stable condition and all but one victim had been released from the hospital as of this afternoon.

Police said the suspect or suspects used a handgun in the shooting and the motive for the shooting has not been determined.

San Francisco police said that four of the victims are men in their 20s and one is a 21-year-old woman. The sixth victim was a male, but police did not immediately release his age and injuries.
One victim suffered a gunshot wound to the arm while another suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body. Two victims suffered gunshot wounds to the leg and the fifth victim suffered a gunshot wounds to both legs, police said.

The suspect or suspects fled the scene prior to the arrival of police officers and police have not said whether it is related if the shooter or shooters attended the hip-hop show Tuesday evening.

According to the Brick and Mortar Music Hall’s website, Tuesday’s 18 and older concert featured San Francisco musicians G-Val and Show Banga. The show also featured Aka Frank and Yo Marlow, plus six other musicians, many from the Bay Area.

Detectives are continuing to interview witnesses and hope to release a suspect description soon, Gatpandan said.

Anyone with any information about the shooting is urged to call San Francisco police at (415) 558-5400.

 

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Congresswoman Pelosi Joined By Grandchildren To Serve Food At SF’s St. Anthony’s Dining Room

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 17:00

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Bay Area Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi visited St. Anthony’s Dining Room in San Francisco Wednesday as part of a family tradition that goes back many years.

She was joined by her two grandchildren to serve up chicken stew, kale and rice at the dining hall on Golden Gate Avenue. She said it’s important for everyone to try and help out those in need during the holiday season.

“We’re here every year with our whole family that comes from all over the country and I think it’s really important for our grandchildren to see that as part of our Thanksgiving tradition. But more than that— to see what their obligation is to other people,” she said.

Pelosi added that charitable organizations play a vital role in helping the needy and homeless during the holidays.

“What’s wonderful about St. Anthony’s Dining Room and Glide Memorial and other places in the city is the respect that they have for the people who come here,” said Pelosi.

Pelosi, who was just re-elected as House minority leader, said the holidays are significant this year because Congress cut food-stamp programs by $40 billion. However, that figure was reduced to $8 billion after a veto threat from President Obama.

She added that any cuts hurt people like the ones at St. Anthony’s.

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List Of Jailed Oakland Protesters Reveals Most Live In The East Bay

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 16:46

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — According a partial list of people booked into the Santa Rita Jail, in Dublin and Glen Dyer Jail, in Oakland, overnight and into the early morning hours Wednesday, the majority of them live in the East Bay.

During previous protests, like the Oakland Occupy demonstrations of 2011 and 2012, there were concerns many of the participants did not come from the East Bay, let alone Oakland. In particular, the so-called “Black-Bloc,” a group of anarchists blamed for vandalizing downtown Oakland businesses, were considered by many Occupy supporters as destructive outsiders. The group, Anonymous, even posted a video warning them to quit, and questioning whether some members were actually police, trying to incite violence.

Last night, almost all of the individuals on the arrest list were from Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley and other East Bay cities. Only 2 were from San Francisco. One person listed a home address in Oregon and another in Chico. There were 2 transients.

As for the ages of the individuals arrested, only one person was over 30. Out of 28 arrests, only 6 were females.

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Tickets To ‘Marquee’ Seahawks-49ers Matchup Going For Under Face Value On Secondary Market

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 16:31

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Fans who snapped up San Francisco 49ers season tickets with an eye toward turning a profit on the secondary market are likely out of luck.

After the Levi’s Stadium opener against the Chicago Bears in September, Thursday’s matchup against the Seattle Seahawks was considered the most desirable game on the 2014 schedule, but there are plenty of seats selling for well below face value on Stubhub. On Ticketmaster, numerous seats were available at $106 and above, the minimum price paid by people who had spent thousands of dollars for the right to buy those season tickets, effectively making the sale a loss.

On Wednesday afternoon, several seats were available at in the upper corners of the stadium from below $100, a few dollars cheaper than what was paid by those who also spent $2,000 on a license for each seat, and more than $40 cheaper than what you would have paid if you bought a single game seat through the team.

The price disparity was even larger at the higher ticket ranges. Tickets in the Loft Club could be found on Stub Hub for under $300, that’s more than $100 cheaper than what season ticket-holders paid (not including a $20,000 seat license), and more that $200 off the single-game price listed by the team.

With more than 9,000 seats listed as available between StubHub and Ticketmaster alone, prices could well plunge further before kickoff Thursday.

A similar decline in resale price was evident before the regular season opener at Levi’s, as well as the game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Those are three of four contests  (Kansas City being the other) this season at Levi’s labeled “marquee,” meaning the seats cost a bit more than the four lower-profile contests and the preseason games.

Prior to the season, the game was the number two most expensive game in the entire NFL – based on resale on the secondary marketplaces – In August, Tickets cost just under $600, according to the ticket resale site TickPick. On the eve of the game, only about 200 of more than 4,000 seats listed on StubHub are offered above that price.

Chicago-based Team Marketing Report released its annual Fan Cost Index in September, and found that families would have to shell out an average of $641.50 to attend a 49ers game in their new digs, the highest cost in the country.

It remains to be seen what this lack of demand will do to attendance moving forward, but those hoping to make a quick buck out of buying 49er tickets are likely out of luck.

 

 

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