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Riding Muni is getting dangerous

July 28, 2011

by Dell’Trianna Davis, Poor News Network Youth Media Skolar

Dell'Trianna Davis
On Saturday, July 16, a 19-year-old young man, Kenneth Harding, from Seattle, Wash., came to San Francisco at the wrong time. He rode a transit vehicle to Bayview Hunters Point’s Palou station only to exit and have an encounter with two police officers about paying his $2 fare.

Harding ran from being detained and was shot from the back multiple times causing him to bleed to death at the scene. This shooting took place in broad daylight by San Francisco police in front of kids, family and friends near the Joseph Lee Community Center. And sadly, this is not the exception. Police encounters that turn ugly happen all the time to residents of the Bayview like me.

Police say Harding fired at them first – and now maybe even shot at himself – which they say justified their shooting at Harding. What we hear and read says that the officers were fired upon, but people of the Bayview say that was a no-go; Harding only ran from the transit station to resist citation inquiries.

As Harding lay there at the scene, there was no emergency ambulance treatment for as long as 30 minutes. Police stood there for several minutes with guns on Harding only to watch him bleed to death.

Lately, the public transit inspectors have been taking their jobs a little too seriously, but only in the poor communities, causing public humiliation to those short on fare. Once I was short of fare and had no transfer to show the inspector, which led to me receiving a citation. While the authorities wrote my ticket, they ignored my voice and searched and rambled through my belongings, only to find no ID – which I had said I didn’t have in the first place.

Riding public transportation is getting dangerous. I’m afraid for the residents of my community because of how the police mob the buses supposedly looking for people short on fare.

The police are unaware that we, as a Black community, do see the way they view our young men – seeing them as slick dressed boys – which is why the police must hear us say, “Stop killing our brothers and sisters because being poor is not a crime!”

Dell’Trianna Davis, a PNN student reporter, chef, cheerleader, confidant, counselor, encourager, co-pastor and CEO, has just graduated from the ReVolutionary Youth Media Education (RYME) program at People Skool. She will be performing a theatre presentation as part of the “Off-Plantation Plays Theatre for People Skool” graduation celebration on Thursday, July 28, at 5 p.m. at POOR Magazine, 2940 16th St. #301, San Francisco. For more information, call POOR at (415) 863-6306.

 

25 thoughts on “Riding Muni is getting dangerous

  1. Hawk

    “Riding Muni is getting dangerous?”

    Oh really? Look at what the Chinese had to put up at the hands of black executers along the T-Line last year.

    - In January, Huan Chen, 83, was kicked and beaten as he left the Muni stop at Third and Oakdale in the Bay View. He died about two months later (March 19th).

    -On March 22nd, five Black teenagers surrounded a 57-year-old Chinese woman at the same Muni stop. Surveillance camera video from the second incident shows one of her assailants grabbing the victim by the neck and throwing her from the platform. (She later died)

    -On March 27th, a group of Black teenagers assaulted a Chinese Muni rider on Third and Williams streets.

    Where was all the self-righteous anger and finger pointing back then?

    Oh, that’s right. As long as it’s young black men out there executing people in the public than Bayview could care less. Bayview ain’t going be a snitch and say a word about it.

    BTW, the 5 killers of that 57-year-old Chinese woman are still at large.

    These are your kids, your friends, your neighbors, and you let them get away with murder each and every single day.

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  2. Xander Harris

    “Riding Muni is getting dangerous?”

    Oh really? Look at what the Chinese had to put up at the hands of black executers along the T-Line last year.

    - In January, Huan Chen, 83, was kicked and beaten as he left the Muni stop at Third and Oakdale in the Bay View. He died about two months later (March 19th).

    -On March 22nd, five Black teenagers surrounded a 57-year-old Chinese woman at the same Muni stop. Surveillance camera video from the second incident shows one of her assailants grabbing the victim by the neck and throwing her from the platform. (She later died)

    -On March 27th, a group of Black teenagers assaulted a Chinese Muni rider on Third and Williams streets.

    Where was all the self-righteous anger and finger pointing back then?

    Oh, that’s right. As long as it’s young black men out there executing people in the public than Bayview could care less. Bayview ain’t going be a snitch and say a word about it.

    BTW, the 5 killers of that 57-year-old Chinese woman are still at large. These are your kids, your friends, your neighbors, and you let them get away with murder each and every single day.

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      1. Seamus

        You need to get some help before you do something harmful, rather than just saying silly things.

        Just an opinion.

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          1. Xander Harris

            I know this is the internet and anonymous racism is all the rage these days but I want you to stop and think for a second how you would feel if someone just walked right up to you and said “Oh, sniff-sniff cry me a river . Are You the Chinese flunkie” to your face.

            Except instead of “Chinese flunkie” they used the words “Nigger lover.”

            Don’t worry responding on here because it’s obvious that you’re a pretty ignorant and worthless human being and I’m not really interested in you or what or have to say, but just keep this little fact of life in mind – when Judgment Day comes and you leave this earth to go meet Your Maker you can explain to The Supreme Being why you said that about one of his/her creations.

            Sleep on that.

          2. Selina

            When Jugement Day your whole race will suffer for all of the crimes your people commited worldwide and I'm talking about your wars against humanity.

            You're not HUMAN and YOU don't know being HUMAN looking history from the Caucas MT
            until NOW.

            As far as the word NIGGER the word NIGGER originated from you, which is best describes who you IGNORANT, PATHETIC AND WORTHLESS Individual

            I Can't HUMAN Because Your not

  3. Muni Operator

    If muni is dangerous for your community then stop riding it. If you dont have bus fare start walking and you wont have any problems with fare inspectors and police.

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  4. Malaika H Kambon

    IF – and I'm saying if because I really do not know – IF people of color are assaulting other people of color on the T-Line or anywhere else, it is symptomatic of some serious divisiveness amongst us and needs to be corrected immediately because the ONLY people who will benefit from sh*t like that is the very Pig that is / has instigated it. Scratch the surface of us fighting ourselves and you will find a pig instigator, I guarantee you…Someone in whose best interest it will always be to keep us at each other's throats – killing each other for the scraps of nothing that they allow, while they fat cat around and live off the resources that they've stolen from us and continue to steal from us while we're busy killing each other and disrespecting each other for their leavings… Wake up. Get a grip. Do not perpetuate the same shit that they sponsor. Write a different song! Organize. Unify bring the pig to its knees. Long live the guerrilla!

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    1. Seamus

      Hello Mal,
      I read your post and found your core stuff. Shaved off the fluff for concision. I'll paraphrase what I'm seeing.

      Core Statement:
      'If blacks are harming each other, it is because the police make them harm each other.'
      The way it is worded, can also mean…
      'Blacks harm other blacks if (and only if) the police make them harm each other.'

      'The police benefit from blacks harming blacks and they are able to make blacks harm blacks because blacks are "divided." (No working definition of "divided" meaning in this case.)

      You guarantee the veracity of your argument by saying 'It is so.'

      :. Prescription for problem:
      Then, 'Blacks must work as a bloc to undermine the police.'

      I don't think this thing will work. Sounds like an apocalyptic fantasy. (Apocalypsi are revenge stories or sometimes delusions written to 'get back' at someone perceived to have caused harm.

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  5. Seamus

    Harding was wanted for murder in Wash State. I strongly suspect he ran from police to avoid being arrested & extradited in the murder case. I don't think we can give greater weight to fear of a Muni fine over fear of a murder investigation and/or trial.

    Harding was shot twice: Once in the leg by a .40 cal bullet (cop issued) and once in the neck/head with a .380 cal bullet (Not cop issued). Per coroner.

    Harding also had powder burns on his hand, which indicates he fired a weapon sometime since he last washed his hands well.

    Some witnesses at the scene report seeing Harding fire a weapon.

    Some witnesses video taped themselves picking up a small handgun at the scene & taking the weapon away. It's on YouTube.

    Yet, some continue to argue Harding was framed by police. They do this without a single witness to any of the 'framing.' They do this in spite of strong evidence to the contrary.

    I won't make the connection between the conspiracy theorists & group(s) they belong to because this would be attacking the source of their argument. As in, 'They argue Harding didn't fire because they're…[add whatever affiliation]. This is NOT strong stuff logic-wise. It can be interesting though.

    Sticking with the evidence, it appears Harding shot himself.

    Also noting fear on Muni rides is not strictly limited to cops on Muni. In fact I think you'll find many more news stories about rider vs rider battery, which is why Muni is policed.

    Thank you for your time,

    S

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    1. WWW

      Do you have a blog or web site you write for?

      I'd like to hear about your take on things.

      I'm not interested in responding to or commenting on Bayview's ongoing lies.

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      1. Seamus

        Heya,
        Oh, good grief. I'm just a seamoose .

        I don't write for a blog or website, though it's an interesting idea.

        You write: "I'd like to hear about your take on things. "

        I like questions. "Things" is a big set though.
        Whachya like to ask?

        U: "I'm not interested in responding to or commenting on Bayview's ongoing lies."

        Because approach, in my opinion. …assuming you want to persuade & have found difficulties.
        'War' on 'bad' stuff gets 'war' on results.

        Start from, 'What do I want to happen?' before approach.
        Fight-for-fight's-sake makes problem sometimes. It's game theory. The most successful game theory strategy in nature is tit-for-tat. Should look up, if interesting.

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  6. yah right

    this is somewhat laughable as it contains blatant mistruths and is a heavily distorted account. it's more based on fantasy than fact. it's based n a flawed premise: that police only ask for proof of payment on public transit from black people and contains numerous inaccuracies. other than propaganda, it has zero value as journalism.

    "On Saturday, July 16, a 19-year-old young man, Kenneth Harding, from Seattle, Wash., came to San Francisco at the wrong time. "

    why did harding come to SF? could it have been that he was fleeing from the killing of a pregnant woman 3 days earlier in seattle which he has been implicated in?

    "Harding ran from being detained and was shot from the back multiple times causing him to bleed to death at the scene."

    actually, he was shot in the leg once. he bled to death from shooting himself in the neck.

    "Police say Harding fired at them first – and now maybe even shot at himself – which they say justified their shooting at Harding. What we hear and read says that the officers were fired upon, but people of the Bayview say that was a no-go;"

    so we're going to go with hearsay over forensic evidence of gunshot residue on harding's hand as well as ShotSpotter audio?

    "As Harding lay there at the scene, there was no emergency ambulance treatment for as long as 30 minutes. Police stood there for several minutes with guns on Harding only to watch him bleed to death."

    actually, a youtube video shows a paramedic in a white shirt checking harding's pulse minutes after the shooting. in all likelihood, he was already dead by that time, due to the bullet which entered his brain. the video also shows him being loaded onto a gurney even though bystanders are saying "he's dead."

    "Once I was short of fare and had no transfer to show the inspector, which led to me receiving a citation."

    well, duh. but if harding had just taken the citation, he would be alive today.

    "the police must hear us say, “Stop killing our brothers and sisters because being poor is not a crime!”"

    what we should be saying is stop black on black crime.

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    1. Xander Harris

      Moments like this I can only imagine that Chauncey Bailey is looking down on “The National Black Newspaper” and shaking his head slowly , palm firmly pressed to head, back and forth, back and forth….

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  7. Xander Harris

    “Scratch the surface of us fighting ourselves and you will find a pig instigator, I guarantee you..”

    Oh really? Check out this video and please tell me where the pig instigator is
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1RvdH5tH4Y&fe

    You can even check out the full 7min version over here
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar0-79yRd7w&fe

    Because all I see is a pack of black kids on MUNI assaulting an Asian senior citizen and throwing her off the platform.

    Grow up.

    Take responsibility for yourself and your actions.

    And if you choose to still act like feral animals, don’t be surprised if the rest of us treat you like feral animals.

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  8. Renaldo Ricketts

    The vanishing gun makes a cameo appearance @ the police station,the excrement thickens as the chickens will come home to roost!
    The twilight zone explanations are not acceptable and we'll fight this till the end ,we need to wake up and smell reality! Now ! When these executions take place we need to rise up and march by the thousands to show solidarity.The world is watching the beast lets march armn in arm and replace the devil !

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    1. Xander Harris

      Miss Ricketts,

      Since you seem to have all the answers not withstanding the facts of this case maybe you would like to explain how the situation went down. From your tone I think you imagined it this way.

      A Black and a Hispanic cop are on fare evasion patrol and talking to themselves. The Hispanic cop goes, “You know who had an awesome year last year, Johannes Mehserle! He, his infant child, and all of his family got death threats, I want to have that lifestyle.”

      Suddenly one of the kids they were questioning runs away and the cops are like “Hell no, not on my watch and they fire 1 shot.

      Then they wait 1.9 seconds.

      Then they fire another 9 shots.

      But what most people don’t know is that cops now carry MAGIC BULLETS, just like the ones that killed JFK. So the department issued .40 hits the kid in the leg but as it passed through it turns into a .38, stops, turns some 90 degrees upwards and then shoots through the kids neck.

      But it doesn’t stop there. Even though this is going down in a public courtyard with dozens of witness and an angry crowd has formed, threatening the officers, the cops were smart enough to carry a decoy gun and plant it on the ground.

      Excellent detective work there, Miss Ricketts, but just be sure not to forget to take your meds.

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  9. Renaldo Ricketts

    We cannot let these people off the hook- SFPD/ Keystone cops are attempting to pull fast one. They need to slow their roll, this fantasy account of what happened to Kenneth Harding is not going to wash with the people of SF the US and the world. We're demanding the truth, they are protecting their jobs. We don't give a rat's anus about your job, your vigilante actions in uniform have forfeited your right to be free on the streets you should be tried for murder and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.The days of business as usual are over, our tenacity will bring you down, you and all the criminals like you! You have no respect for human life judging from your violent execution of a teen. It's only befitting you forfeit your right to walk amongst law abiding citizenry.

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  10. Xander Harris

    “Scratch the surface of us fighting ourselves and you will find a pig instigator, I guarantee you..”

    “Scratch the surface of us fighting ourselves and you will find a pig instigator, I guarantee you..”

    Oh really? Then tell me where the pig instigator is here –
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rm4SazjKsQ

    Because all I see is a Black person who threw the first punch and had their ass handed to them on a platter

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  11. wondering

    Usually when i go to a less mainstream site, the only ones who are involved with commenting on the site are people who support the site or people who are interested in the site because it relates to a group they have an affinity for…

    I am absolutely astounded at all the right-wing anti-black talking heads who are spending what seems to me like many keyboard hours on this little “niche” website’s even tinier article.

    Just want to let regular fans of this site (or even nonpartisans) know that one of the ways more conservative elements try to shape general discourse on social events is to organize people to scour the net commenting on stories like this. Bear in mind that it’s possible that posters like
    Xander Harris (not real name, btw) are airing their opinions for more complex reasons than just to be heard.

    One more comment on the prevalence of violence in and by the blasck community:

    i went to a grade school where the boys were plagued by gangs and violence in their neighborhood. They would come to school with stories about who said the wrong thing to whom, and who got beat up by whom. This was a catholic school on the corner of Van Ness and Broadway, and the boys were predominantly Chinese. Right around the time the Chinese elder was beaten by two black teens, there was another beating in the San Diego area of a homeless black man by a group of asian (no mention in the article i saw of whether they were chinese) youth. Guess which story got more media play? One cannot say that there are more instances of black youth committing violent acts toward chinese if one only depends on the mainstream media for information.

    I actually think there are more hate crimes on all “minorities” (including queer people and women) that are committed by whites (whites being the majority of the population and thus probably overrepresented in any statistical group). Police are striving to become more integrated, but i still see a lot of people who fit the statistical racial profile of hate criminals (also serial killers and child molesters) in the police force. Perhaps we should ask why white parents, neighbors, and friends are not stopping their white kids, neighbors, and friends from doing these terrible crimes? Perhaps we should indulge in the apocalyptic and lovely fantasy of treating the many animals from this population like the animals they are? Unfortunately, killer cops don’t get tit for tat, they get administrative leave, or at worst, lose their jobs.

    NOw, finally, i ask: what does most of the stuff that’s on this comments thread have to do with the fact that someone got shot while fleeing? And for those people who insist that the evidence points to this fleeing youth shooting himself, can you see how, given the history of police killings in this country (victims predominantly black and brown, look it up), the Bayview community might be skeptical?

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