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San Francisco police are being accused of brutality in a case that involved a bicyclist at the Valencia Gardens public housing complex in the city’s Mission Dolores neighborhood on Friday afternoon.
When word spread in the neighboring apartment complex, residents rushed out to help Williams. That’s when things went from bad to worse. The arrest spurred an altercation between other people at the complex and prompted three more arrests, police said.
“Clearly something not right is happening here,” Jensen said.
He said Williams was simply riding his bike on the sidewalk up to his residence in the complex when he was approached by undercover officers who said something about riding on the sidewalk, then grabbed him from behind and beat him for no apparent reason.
Jensen said witnesses at the scene said Williams suffered a broken jaw and other injuries when he was attacked by police.
He said when others joined in, it was out of concern for Williams.
“People don’t get that upset for no reason. They were upset because they were seeing DJ getting beaten,” Jensen said.
Police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said the incident started when Williams tried to flee into a residence after plainclothes officers tried to stop him for a vehicle code violation.
UPDATE 9:30pm: KTVU is now reporting that the District Attorney has "discharged the case against Mr. Williams and another man pending further investigation."
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As his sister with her 4-month-old baby came out of the house to demand they stop beating her brother, the officers began pushing her and her child. At this time many of their neighbors came out demanding that the officers stop beating DJ stating, “What are you doing? He didn’t do anything!” They saw that DJ had been knocked unconscious by the blows. The officers using aggressive language began beating up other neighbors and demanding people's video footage. A total of four people, including DJ, where beaten bloody in the face, 3 of whom were immediately arrested. Two remain in jail.
Up to this time, the SFPD has made no attempt to interview family or residents that witnessed the beating. The SFPD has refused to release DJ and allow the family to visit him.
Emergency Action: Justice for D’Paris Williams and ALL Victims of Police Brutality in Valencia Gardens!
We're told the man seen holding the cane in the video is a gay, HIV-positive man who needs his cane because of medical complications. The police are continuing to hold him in custody, allegedly because his cane is being considered a "deadly weapon."
With each passing week, we find that the police are becoming the greatest threat to our safety and freedom.
Just look at us. Everything is backwards; everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health. Lawyers destroy justice. Universities destroy knowledge. Governments destroy freedom. The major media destroy information and religions destroy spirituality. ~ Michael Ellner
The important thing to note here, is that it's not illegal to ride a bicycle less than 15mph on sidewalks zoned residential anywhere in the country.
Well, I was glad to see a white guy came to DJ's aid.
I'd expect a race riot otherwise.
record the incident and post it on YouTube...