Tuesday, January 13, 2009

January 10, 2009 patrol

We went to Oakland this past Saturday in the aftermath of the BART shooting and the riot last week. We had 15 Guardian Angels from San Francisco, Oakland, and Solano County.

We started our patrol in downtown Oakland on Broadway. Seeing the debris and destruction left from the riot was intense. There were burned trash cans, burned newsstands and boarded up shop windows that had been broken. Soon into the patrol a fight started between two women and as we approached the scene the police arrived and handcuffed the women and took them to jail.

When we reached the BART station at Fruitvale a confrontation started between a young woman and an older man. The woman said the man had slapped her and the man said he did so because she was trying to get inside the bag he was carrying. The train arrived and we all got on, including the woman and the man. We asked the woman if she wanted to press charges and she said yes so we contacted the train operator. At the next stop the BART police took the man out of the train while other officers spoke to the woman in the train. The woman didn't want to press charges now, so the BART police took down information from the man and let him go.

After that, we headed to International Blvd but everything was OK. After that we came back to San Francisco after having a good and safe patrol.
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Monday, January 5, 2009

January 3rd, 2009 patrol in the Tenderloin

We had Guardian Angels from Oakland and Solano join us this weekend to patrol in San Francisco. With 15 Guardian Angels, we set out to patrol the Tenderloin in two separate patrols covering each other. We patrolled all over the Tenderloin including down: Ellis, McAllister, Turk, and O’Farrell.

Tenderloin residents greeted us and were glad to see us back again. The patrol was low-key but productive as we met with local concerned residents to listen to them explain how the neighborhood was getting out of control. It was very good to have the backing of the community. The patrol ended safely, we did our best, and We Dare To Care.

The San Francisco chapter would like to thank the Oakland and Solano chapters, and their leaders, Christina in Oakland and Omar in Solano, for their help.
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