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Cop who murdered Kenneth Harding arrested for molesting teenage boy

September 2, 2013

by Denika Chatman

When you think of an officer of the law, you tend to think of a public servant to protect and serve, not a murderer, child molester or pedophile. We know that all officers aren’t bad, but we also know that all officers aren’t good.

SFPD Officer Richard Hastings, 37 by KGO
SFPD Officer Richard Hastings, 37 – Photo: KGO
According to ABC News on Aug. 29, 2013, Officer Richard Hastings of the San Francisco Police Department, who is 37 years old, was arrested in Concord, California, for alleged child molestation. Richard Hastings is one of the officers named in my lawsuit against the city of San Francisco for the murder of my son, Kenneth Harding Jr.

The story states: “A San Francisco police officer was arrested in Concord last week for alleged child molestation, Concord police said Thursday.

“Richard Hastings, 37, was arrested at about 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 21 after he was (stopped) in his car on Monument Boulevard near Ramona Drive, according to police.

“Concord police had initiated an investigation earlier this month into an alleged relationship between Hastings and a 15-year-old juvenile.

When you think of an officer of the law, you tend to think of a public servant to protect and serve, not a murderer, child molester or pedophile. We know that all officers aren’t bad, but we also know that all officers aren’t good.

“Investigators eventually developed enough information to arrest Hastings on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with a child, sodomy with a child under 16 years old and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, police said.

“Hastings was booked into jail and later posted bail and was released, according to police.

Kenneth Harding protest
Kenneth Harding’s family and supporters demand justice at every opportunity, for Kenny and all victims of police violence.
“Investigators today presented the case for review to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office, which will determine whether to file charges against Hastings, police said.

“Hastings has been suspended without pay with the San Francisco Police Department, police spokeswoman Officer Tracy Turner said.

“Concord police are continuing to investigate the case. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Renee Williams at (925) 603-5856 or the department’s tip line at (925) 603-5836.”

There is no way this man should get his job back. He should be prosecuted and placed in prison with other pedophiles and molesters.

This man accepted an award, a Gold Medal of Valor, the highest award you can receive as a San Francisco police officer. He received the medal for murdering my son, 19-year-old Kenneth Harding Jr., who allegedly evaded a $2 bus fare.

On April 18, 2012, San Francisco Police Commission President Mazzucco awarded the Gold Medal of Valor to six police officers, among them the now infamous pedophile Richard Hastings. Mazzucco’s words to him on that day were, “We are very proud of you. You’re doing your job.”

This kind of conduct is not in compliance with police performance standards, and awarding him after his clear misconduct tells you the partiality of Mazzucco. Why did Hastings receive a Gold Medal of Valor that day for his interaction with Kenneth Harding Jr.? It was literally for the DEATH of Kenneth Harding Jr. He also received an extra $1,500 reward for doing such an outstanding job. He was rewarded morally and financially, and this type of mindset needs to stop.

As a mother, I would want to know that an officer who is assigned in my community has been awarded for murdering a teenager and has been arrested and is actively being investigated for sodomy of a child.

The police were so quick to dehumanize my family while my son lay bleeding to death on the concrete for 28 minutes, and they have been protecting the real criminal all along.

According to ABC News on Aug. 29, 2013, Officer Richard Hastings of the San Francisco Police Department, who is 37 years old, was arrested in Concord, California, for alleged child molestation.

Pedophiles and molesters are creatures of habit. They can’t control their urge to be drawn to children. He likes teenage boys; this probably didn’t just start. He’s an officer of the law and yet he has no reservations about breaking the law. So it leaves one to wonder how many other victims are out there and if any services will be offered to his victims, who will have to live with this for the rest of their lives.

Denika, Mi'Neika Chatman Community Feed Kenny's Korner 081813
Every month on the spot now known as Kenny’s Korner, where Kenneth Harding Jr. bled to death, murdered by SFPD Officer Richard Hastings on July 16, 2011, his mother, Denika Chatman and little sister Mi’Neika, along with volunteers, prepare and serve lunches and grocery bags for anyone in need, especially the people who witnessed Kenny’s murder. This is Denika’s Aug. 18, 2013, Community Feed.
How does a mother respond to this news if it was her child? I know the feeling of a grieving mother, but I can’t begin to imagine how to heal a child who has been molested by an officer or how I would look at any officer after that. As a mother my only hope is that they convict him and put him away with other pedophiles and molesters – with no special treatment given to him because he’s a cop in investigating him, prosecuting him and sentencing him.

However, in this world we live in, he will probably remain on the force and go on to hurt others since the investigation consists of the police investigating the police.

Denika Chatman is a journalist and the grieving mother of Kenneth Harding, murdered by SFPD at age 19 on July 16, 2011.

 

76 thoughts on “Cop who murdered Kenneth Harding arrested for molesting teenage boy

  1. Celeste

    First of all to the mother of Kenneth Harding. Forensics proved that your son shot himself. Before you write an article you should get your facts straight. Your son shot himself. Plain an simple. Another thing if he wasn't guilty of any wrong doing he wouldn't have had the reason to run from the police. Had he not run he probably would have walked away with a verbal warning to pay his bus fair but he chose to run and shoot at police so he wrote his own death sentence and in turn shot himself. As far as the arrest of the officer. Get your facts together. The latest news on that is there was not enough evidence for him to be charged. And you don't know the whole story to even address this situation so maybe you should focus on your own life and the son you still have that is alive even though he is in jail. End of story

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    1. RETAKE

      Why do such an ass hole as yourself think you have all the facts, as if you had your sorry ass on the scean–Why would a teenage running from the police, turned and shoot at remember, and then turned the gun on himself…That make no sense–if he was going to kill himself why not just do it on the bus, or when he got off the bus….
      You sound so stupid, it would be useless to spend any more time talking about how stupid you are

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      1. Anon

        RETAKE, I see you are looking for facts! Would you like to cite some reputable news sources about the facts regarding the pseudo-journalism above? I have already said my peace, below, complete with citations that "journalist" Denika Chatman failed to provide her readers.

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    2. Sarah C

      Yes hunny believe everything you hear in the news…Shur they'd never lie to you..!!! But you do know you belong to that special group called "sheeple" don't you? Get your head out of your ass and stop listening to what they tell you on the news and maybe just maybe try thinking for yourself?!

      To the mother of Kenneth Harding I'm very sorry for your loss and I'm also very sorry that you have to put up with these sheeple who can't have a thought of their own. Brainwashed zombies!
      RIP Kenneth Harding

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      1. Anon

        The only coherent thought in your commentary is your sensitivity to the death of a young man. But if the news is dishonest, WHO in the news is dishonest, specifically? Where are you finding evidence, please, if you answer, CITE YOUR SOURCE(S). What, Sarah, are sheeple? How are you identifying them, specifically? I was told all through school that proper journalism and research consisted of adequate knowledge of the subject being discussed– WITH PROOF. How is Celeste being a sheeple? I don't see any citations in this slander-ridden "editorial". I do see a woman who may or may not be grieving posting unfounded opinions to deflect from her sons lifestyle of crime. I do see that there is a Youtube smut video, featuring a young man bleeding to death with NO CONTEXT of that situation. Sarah… are you sure YOU AREN'T BEING A SHEEPLE?????

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    3. Stephanie C.

      Wow you as a person offend me. I hope that you never have to lose anyone to violence and have a response like that posted to yourself. Speaking of worrying about your own life, you should take a lesson and try it. If you are not trying to bring kindness into this world, I think you should hold your tongue. Clearly this case is something you are not very educated on. He has been charged already and is out on bail. They will be bringing the charges against him next week. As for yourself maybe take your ass to college or at least travel enough not to sound so ignorant and hateful.

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      1. Anon

        This world is a cesspool of violence. I, myself, have traveled and witnessed not only the devastation of civil unrest, but the hurt that continues, often for generations after.

        However, you, nor the author of this editorial have worked to bring peace. You couldn't because there's a massive failure to acknowledge facts that will not die in the psyche of those who they directly effect. Richard Hastings may well be guilty of crimes, but, again, what on earth does that have to do with civil rights or the fact that the "journalist" of this post was clearly expressing bias? I wrote about this in depth, below. Complete with citations. That is not the work of an uneducated or ignorant person.

        I think you need to reevaluate whether or not you were kind in your commentary because you were not. The whole damned article isn't, IT'S PROPAGANDA.

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        1. Rae Marie

          Do you have all the facts to piece together a whole puzzle? Or just what facts that was released to the public? Which may not include information that might only be told to family. Also this mother has a reason to fight hard for the truth so what makes you think she didn’t do so? She has a fight, what’s yours? Who are you to enforce what she wrote? Why is it you have not mentioned anything about this man who was to be protecting and serving the community instead used abused his position of power and trust we as a community are suppose to have in our officers. This mother fights for truth and justice for her child again what’s your fight?

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    4. Nemesis

      See how you crakkka's are? You lie through your teeth without shame. Here it is: 1) Forensics proved that your son shot himself. <– against this 2) Another thing if he wasn't guilty of any wrong doing he wouldn't have had the reason to run from the police <— You're so full of shit, there is whole river flowing from your mouth to the Atlantinc Ocean. How do you manage to do everything else that requiers thought and brainwork? You attack the mother of murdered child in such a vile way I really can not believe you are a human and in posession of a soul. The mother has access to the right information and she posts it and that is good. We need to know how you people operate. This murdering onslaught you have been bringing for 400 years now is going to be halted. Time to flip the script on people like you and retribution for all the victims people like you have made. There is a thing called judgement and it's swift. May it find you when you least expect it. Black Power!

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      1. jdlkfa

        I am all for Black power, but that doesn’t call for generalizing any group of people- EVEN WHITE PEOPLE. Regardless of injustice done in the past and present, there is no need to bring even MORE ignorance to this comment board by doing so. It is ridiculous that someone has to bring up skin color to feel powerful or use it as a crutch. WE ARE ALL PEOPLE. I am white and love who I am. It doesn’t make me any different. RIP Kenneth and those who are also affected by the mindless slaughters by the police

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    5. What the

      What a mental thing to say to the mother of the deceased youth. You've got to be a sick twisted and vile individual to protest the legitimacy of the claim. Clearly a troll with no life.

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    6. sharon ingtam

      Lord Knows if I was Ms Hardings, what I’d say yo you would cause he land security to visit me. Its obvious you are a family of one or both officers. After losing a son by any means, I just wish you were brave enough to report that scathing negativity to Ms Hardings. Cali, you guys need to stand up
      .

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    7. Cassell

      Celeste,
      If you were to have the facts then you would clearly see a fabricated story by police for the young man was running from the police because he skipped fair. He was shot in the back of the neck and police then claim he threw the gun on a roof top or somewhere never to be found. There is practically no way to shoot yourself in the back of the neck with a skewed exit wound which was not the case. And if by some freak accident he did shot himself how on earth would he be physical able to get rid of the gun. Witness even claim he had no gun. So the use of deadly force was for from necessary hence the reason the cops fabricated a story. Don’t be so ignorant to believe one story get the facts and weed out lies and opinions.

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    8. VERINIQUE

      HOW IN THE WORLD CAN YOU LOGICALLY TELL THE MOTHER OF THE DECEASED (WHICH IM SURE IF SHE HAS A LAWSUIT THERES ENOUGH EVIDENCE ON THE TABLE ALREADY TO PROVE SOME TYPE OF WRONG DOING WITH THE MURDER OF HER SON ) THAT SHE DOESNT KNOW THE FACTS ??? SHE HAS TO HAVE EVERY REPORT EVERY STATEMENT AND PROBABLY.HAS SEEN EVERY VIDEO IF ANY ….SO ALL U JUST SAID SOUND PRETTY IRRATIONAL …SECOND WHILE YOU DEFENDING THAT CERTIFIED CREEP
      HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT …A 37 POLICE OFFICER ( DO U READ THAT …AN OFFICER OF THE LAW) SHOULD NOT BE IN THAT TYPE OF LIGHT ….WHAT TYPE OF SICK.MIND DO YOU HAVE …OH HES BEEN SEEN IN THE HOUSE AND OH WE CAN CONFIRM.THE CHILD WAS SAUTIMIZED BUT HE DIDNT DO ..GET OUT OF HERE ….IF YOU BELIEVE WHOLE HEARTEDLY(WHICH U DONT IM GOING TO.ANSWER THAT FOR U) THAT MAN DIDNT DO ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING …YOUR MORE OF A FOOL THAN WHAT I IMAGINED FROM READING YOUR BS….AND AS FAR AS HER SON RUNNING …HE MAY HAVE NOT PAID BUS FARE ….BIG DAMN WOOP ..2$ ???? THATS THE VALUE OF A YOUNG BLACK MANS LIFE NOW A DAYS HUH? IF A WHITE BOY CAN MASSACRE A WHOLE MOVIE THEATRE OF INNOCENT PEOPLE AND NOT DIE THERE IS NO DAMN REASON …THAT TEEN …NOT.GROWN ADULT A 19 YEAR OLD TEEN SHOULD HAVE BLEED TO DEATH IN THE STREETS OF SAN FRANSICO …YOUR WAY AND THOSE CROOKED PIGS WAY OF THINKING
      IS WHATS WRONG WITH SOCIETY …MATTER FACT YOU PEOPLE DONT.EVEN.BELONG.HERE ….THATS A SHAME COME STEAL.A.COUNTRY THATS NOT YOURS …BRING US OVER WHERE WE DONT WANT TO BE ..HAVE US BUILD THIS COUNTRY FOR.YOU (BECAUSE YOUR NOT CAPABLE.ON.YOUR OWN) COMMIT GENOCIDE AND NOW THAT YOU HAVE TO.WALK.AMONGST US AS “EQUALS”(BUT NOT REALLY) YOU TRY TO FIND OTHER WAYS TO KILL US OFF OR ACT LIKE WE ARENT WORTHY …AMERICA WAS BUILT OFF LIES.GENOCIDE.AND SLAVES …ARE PEOPLE MAY BE WHATEVR U CHOOSE TO CALL.US BUT YOUR PEOPLE ARE .EVIL ..GO BACK TO WHERE U CAME FROM …YOU GUYS HAVE NO.CULTURE NO.BELIEFS AND NO HEARTS …ALIENS

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    9. _Selfmade

      @Celeste Open your fukin eyes dumb fuck & learn how to read. You make no sense! Stupid ass people of 2014 SMH bunch of DUMBASSES

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    10. trev

      Not enough evidence your stupid as fuck you mean the cop shot him so they didnt envestigate they put a bull shit story out to make people like you believe there was no wrong dont hate cop loving fags like you.

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    11. tika miller

      U is a rude ass bastard mine ur fucking business before something happen to ur ass god don’t like ugly and karma is a bitch u Will get what’s coming ur way maybe ur mother will be burying ur ass soon

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  2. Celeste

    I never said he turned the gun on himself. He didnt turn the gun on himself. he fell and shot himself on accident while he was RUNNING from the cops. If you read the news articles you would read exactly what I have said. I never called anyone ignorant nor am I ignorant. I was just stating the facts, the facts that have been in the news. Go back and read other news articles if you can read.

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    1. moorbey

      Don' believe everything that is written by white amerikan media especially when it concerns people of colour.. He never had a gun on his person, and truth is ne was shoot by police say all witiness in the area at the time of this cold bloodied murder.
      Every 28 min a person of colour is being executed or murdered by tha hands of rogue police officers, rent a cops, security personnel, neighborhood watch type looking to kill and take a life of some person for lives are not worth a damn to white amerika or it's people.

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    2. moorbey

      Dont believe everything that is written by white amerikan media especially when it concerns people of colour.. He never had a gun on his person, and truth is ne was shoot by police say all witiness in the area at the time of this cold bloodied murder.
      Every 28 min a person of colour is being executed or murdered by tha hands of rogue police officers, rent a cops, security personnel, neighborhood watch type looking to kill and take a life of some person for lives are not worth a damn to white amerika or it's people.

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        1. moorbey

          I am damn serious white amerika. From your comment alone shows that you are the true racist. You call me a racist for speaking the truth than ignorance is bliss. Prove my earlier statement wrong and then we can talk but truth is you are afraid.

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      1. Anon

        Moorbey, I posted this below, but I'm doing it again, for you.

        Clearly none of you bothered to fact-check this rubbish and ASK CRITICAL THINKING QUESTIONS. I've opened with a clear bias, as I do not trust you are interested in reading facts, or researching where they came from, or whether or not the sources from which they came are reputable. I must digress–Does anyone else on this inherently biased site know where to look for reputable facts? Clearly not, as you are on a PROPAGANDA website! "…National Black Website" is NOT an appropriate title for factual-based information. It is intended for editorial pieces that, in this case, exclude proper citation and credible authors with a history of authoring credible, fact-checked documents. If only I could post the screen shots I just lifted off of the RIP Kenneth Harding JR facebook page. It contains some real gems about pseudo-journalist Denika Chatman and the "sincerity" of her grieving. A link will be posted below; but I must proceed.

        Kenneth fired at himself, possibly in attempt to shoot at the police.1 It makes sense he would run, as he was in violation of his parole by being outside of Washington state, where he'd already been in trouble for having sex with a 13 year-old when he was 17, while he was in home detention for armed robbery. A year later, he attempted to force the same girl into prostitution.2 The police shot at him because he drew a weapon. The police are permitted to shoot at individuals who run away with a weapon drawn at the police. The police are allowed to fire their weapons at threatening, gun-bearing individuals, until the threat diminishes– this is generally true everywhere, though I only a found a GOVERNMENT ISSUED PDF outlining use of Deadly Force, dated 2006. It's not the strongest information, but it should prompt some EDUCATED INFERENCES BASED ON THE LAW in 2006. 3 There is little information on why Kenneth wasn't resuscitated, though it is assumed (by critical thinkers and those of us with EMT experience/awareness of the check-call-care process) that an individual shall not be resuscitated until the threat of violence or bodily harm diminishes.4 The crowd was already angry, as can be viewed on Youtube, and it is believed by some this is why EMT's would not help.5 https://www.facebook.com/pages/RIP-Kenneth-Hardin…. ; August 14, 2012 comments, October 4, 2013 comments

        1. http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Police-Bayview….
        2. http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/07/18/suspe….
        3. http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/forms/pdf/Cfl2006.pdf, p 30
        4. http://resultsmedical.com/page2/page2.html
        5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qE8iLrqWpwA ; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfK2Jgb1p-w

        Still paying attention? Or would you rather forget to do your homework? I have some questions about the validity of this “article”:

        Do you, assuming you’ve bothered to research the topic of Kenneth’s death further from multiple, credible news sources– NOT BLOGS!– still believe his death was about civil rights? Or do you think his mother has abused the cause of civil rights in order to deflect attention from her son’s criminal and violent past? How do you think the question of Denika’s motives relates to her amateur EDITORIAL on the separate case of Richard Hastings (ANOTHER BLACK MAN!), who is standing accused of molestation? On that note, who actually is and how are we (the public) defining molestation in the case of Richard Hastings, and how do those definitions differ? I am of the understanding he was unaware that the young male was a minor.6 The wording in the article I am citing is so, so vague. What is child porn in relation to this case? A willing and consensual or scared and coerced 15 year-old? Or a baby in a diaper? Nobody knows because those details have yet to be released!

        6. http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/S-F-Officer-R….

        FUCK. If I weren’t so fond of my swear words and emotes (and a full night’s sleep), maybe I would have become a QUALIFIED journalist or lawyer. Maybe then I’d be able to more effectively relieve the world of this SLANDEROUS "journalism" and the mindless commentary that ensues. FUCK >.<

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    3. Oso

      can't shoot a weapon when you don't have one. witnesses confirmed he had only a cell phone. ignorance may be bliss but it is also pathetic.

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  3. celeste

    you guys have nerve telling me not to believe what I hear in the news. You to are believing in the news as well your just not reading the entire story. Believe what you want but forensics don't lie. Regarding your comment about every 28 minutes a person of color is being executed or murdered by the hands of a rouge police etc… Every minute a crime is being committed by all races. Don't make this about color cause its not.

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  4. jim

    Celeste, what do you have to gain with your hateful rants? you sound like a horrible person. Speaking on a subject you know nothing about to a deceased boy's mother like that? Shows how well YOUR mother raised YOU! Then to defend a child molester right afterwards too? Wow. You really have zero class, respect, and common sense. Luckily not a single person agrees with you. You're a disgusting human being and you will someday feel the same pain of that boys mother whom you just slandered. Karma's a bitch. Good luck with your jaded life.

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    1. celeste

      For starters- My mother didnt raise me to be as ignorant as those of you who are talking crap to me for having an opinion about something that started because Harding was on the run from Washington State police for a murder investigation and also I just read he tried to kill a cop! Had Harding not been on the run or had not run at all there is a very good chance he'd still be alive. Why am I the idiot….. why didnt his mom raise him better? Its not his moms fault – he was an adult he chose his auctions. As far as the other charges against the officer. Do you know the whole story? Do you know that this kid could have lied about his age and therefor one would not think its a crime to engage in any activities etc with the other. Isnt there a possibility that the reason the charges have not been filed is due to the fact that the evidence found proved to be enough to show there isnt grounds to charge one with a crime because of proof that he believed he was not commiting one because of a lie another told. When was the last time you asked for a photo id from someone before going out with them… I personally have never asked and have never been asked. So I think before anyone says anything remember you are innocent until proven guilty!!

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      1. Nancy L Collver

        Celeste obviously U have kids or U would never say she shoulda raised him better, kids make their own decisions, parents r not responsible after they 4 18 4 a good reason. Believe the news, I don’t even watch it, cause it sickens me. There r always 2 sides 2 a story but when Ur side versus the police Ur f”’cked cause nobody’s gonna listen, n that is from personal experience 6 x w/ cops, they r just like the rest o us, sometimes good sometimes rotten thru 2 the core, nobody does anything but protect them n ridicule n belittle any1 who says different just like UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

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    2. Anon

      Where was Celeste being hateful? How do you know Celeste is unfamiliar with the subject? How do you know…. anything? If you don't trust the news, how do you know that the above article isn't news (it's not)? And what's this talk about slander? Isn't that what Denika's ENTIRE PIECE IS?

      FUCK >.<

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  5. jj

    POC are absolutely profiled by police, and they do kill innocent people without any consequences. It’s disgusting that this man received a medal and a us for killing someone. I am sorry for your loss.

    However, you are railing against this man as an accused pedophile when your son was on parole for attempted prostitution of a 14 year old. How do you justify that?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2016327/Kenneth-Harding-Jr-shot-dead-police-San-Francisco.html

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  6. Kambon

    I'm so glad that people have been positive in their support of Denika Chatman and outraged at the ranting of 'celeste.' That way I don't have to respond to his/her ignorance.

    After all, who knows who – or what – s/he might be.

    Power forward, Denika!

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  7. Victim

    Hey Kenneth’s mom,
    Care to comment on the murder allegations against your son? Why was he hiding in SF in the first place? Cop might be a perv, but that doesn’t change the fact your son had it coming.

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  8. guest

    No Celeste, the police are murdering scum. Not all police but the police in this incident. And the police officers who murdered Kelly Thomas in Fullerton. And all police officers who are getting away with murder. There is enough evidence according to reports. This time, he will not get away with victimizing citizens.

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  9. CArina

    In time, the truth has come out and people like Celeste are stuck listening to their masters stories and orders. I am sure she also thinks we should Strike Syria, any who, Danika is a hero and a great example of what one mother can do when she confronts the oppressive system that kills our communities of color. She has remained on a righteous path to help heal the community and educate on how to resist the violence peacefully and critically. All power to the People! Much LOVE!

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  10. Zar The Dip

    While they lie and deny, the Film C.O.P-Crimes Of Police Is being Screened around the nation and eventually around the world, these dirty crimes of blood thirsty Cops will be put on public display through this film. Keep pushing Denika Chatman and We the creators of this film will continue to tell your son, and many of the others who have been murdered by police stories the world over. Join the movement and support the film http://www.facebook.com/crimesofpolice. watch the trailer
    http://youtu.be/wWdb4N3U8q0 attend a screening……

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  11. Stephanie C.

    I hope that Kenneth Harding's Mom doesn't have to read the horrible things some people wrote. I personally watched the video of Mr. Harding's murder and was horrified at what I saw. I never saw that the he had a gun like the police said, and even if he did shoot himself, which I find hard pressed to believe, those cops are guilty for letting him bled to death in the middle of the street. I couldn't believe that no one went up to stop the bleeding as he sat with his arms behind his back bleeding. It was disgusting. Not more disgusting than the named cop above for receiving a medal in how he handled the situation, which in my opinion was criminal. Now that this officer Hasting is being charged with child pedophilia, it doesn't shock me that his actions have consistently shown him to have low moral character. SFPD needs to step it up on their supervision of officers. And to Mrs. Harding I am so sorry for you loss, and I hope you will not let these ignorant people change your hope of bringing justice to all families of corrupt cops. Thank you for what you stand for.

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    1. Seamus

      Police had difficulty securing the scene because of angry people around, so the medic had to stage longer than otherwise necessary.

      Harding was on the run from a murder investigation in WA and tried to kill police with a .380 weapon, the same weapon that shot Harding in the head. The gun has been recovered and it matches the bullet that killed Harding.

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  12. Facts

    For the record, Officer Harding has NOT been CHARGED with molestation. He was arrested for it, and his lawyer is on record admitting Hastings did indeed have sex several times with this child, but the district attorney refused to file charges because of the lawsuit filed by Denika Chatman. If and when the lawsuit goes to trial it would not help their case if their officer was sitting in prison on a child molestation charge, and jurors would likely award a large judgement. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/DA-declines

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    boss_spearmanBoss_Spearman 6:26 AM on August 31, 2013
    Color me surprised. There's a different set of rules for cops.

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    strange_2_jimstrange_2_jim 7:39 AM on August 31, 2013
    This going to cost SFPD a lot of dough. Although there wasn't enough evidence to charge the officer, now what? Another young officer at a desk job somewhere? That will cost the taxpayers a lot of $$$. No way this one can go to court.

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    District Attorneys have a vested interest in not charging police officers with a crime.
    They depend on them for being witnesses in order to win their cases.

    It is against their interest to undermine their credibility by convicting them of crimes, especially when the police are using their offices to advance their criminal activity.

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    That's why DA's don't charge police officers with crimes they would not hesitate to charge anyone else with.

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    1. Seamus

      There is also that the bullet that killed Harding was not of the type used by the officer's .40 cal weapons. Why would a DA file a charge against anyone when the coroner can show the .380 cal bullet as evidence?? A .380 handgun was picked up at the scene by a bystander who showed a video of the recovery on YouTube. Police located the fellow and the weapon.

      It is likely Harding thought the police were going to arrest him on a murder charge. He was wanted as a "person of interest" in a murder case in WA. Police attempted to detain Harding for attempting a Muni ride without paying, Harding ran on foot, and (according to officers) Harding fired backward at pursuing officers while running away from them. One of the officers fired at Harding, striking him in the leg with a .40 cal bullet. Harding fell to the ground bleeding, with a .380 cal bullet in his head.

      It appears Harding accidentally shot himself up the chin into his head while attempting to shoot over his shoulder…while running.

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  14. Seamus

    Harding was shot by police, but only on the leg. Harding shot himself, probably by accident.

    This has all been gone over before.

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    1. celeste

      Thank you Seamus- I thought I was the only one who understood that Harding shot himself and was also on the run for whatever in Washington……

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      1. Anon

        NOPE! You two aren't the only ones who understand. This "editorial" really incensed me. It slanders and instigates further pain, when there needn't be any. Richard is likely guilty, but why, WHY use it to deflect from her own son's lifestyle of crime?

        Think deeply. The "victim" stance is a tough one to let go of.

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  15. truth told

    Everyone listen up.. I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT CELESTE IS RICHARD HARDING’S COUSIN. This family grew up in Milpitas Ca. Maybe this is why she defends him. It was always obvious to me that he was a homosexual… I just NEVER knew he was into little boys. He is a cop..how difficult would it be for him to pull up someone’s name and verify their age or any criminal background? I happen to know for a fact he has done it before. Such a shame police always protect their own..

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  16. truth told

    I meant to say that Celeste is Richard Hasting’s cousin. First cousins. This is why she protecting good ol’ officer Hastings…

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  17. Quath

    It doesn't matter if Celeste is related or not. She makes a good point. I heard about this yesterday and looked up the story on the SFGate and saw:

    "According to police, the officers and Harding exchanged gunfire, but when Harding attempted to open fire on Hastings and Officer Matthew Lopez, he instead shot himself.

    Harding had been on parole in Washington after serving time for pimping a 14-year-old girl, according to police."

    I am not going to defend Hastings being with a 15 year old boy. But I also don't see this death as his fault either.

    As for the police watching him bleed out, I would have to hear their side of the story. Maybe they worried he was going to try to keep shooting. Or someone in the crowd may try something. But it is hard to have sympathy for someone who opens fire at the police and was pimping a young girl.

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    1. Anon

      Quath, you might be the most sane person on here– I clearly lack your cool headedness when it comes to examining facts, stories, and people's opinions about them. I don't support Richard's inappropriate relationship, either (I think he got it very, very wrong).

      I do support critical thinking beyond narrow minded blogs, which seems to be where discussion about all of these complex individuals is taking place.

      There's not much info on why the police let him bleed out, but it's believed by some that the EMT's refused to pass through the angry mob, and that the cops couldn't resuscitate because they were not equipped to do so (bodily fluids on skin = disease, etc.)

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  18. Anon

    Hello, All. Clearly none of you bothered to fact-check this rubbish and ASK CRITICAL THINKING QUESTIONS. I've opened with a clear bias, as I do not trust you are interested in reading facts, or researching where they came from, or whether or not the sources from which they came are reputable. I must digress–Does anyone else on this inherently biased site know where to look for reputable facts? Clearly not, as you are on a PROPAGANDA website! "…National Black Website" is NOT an appropriate title for factual-based information. It is intended for editorial pieces that, in this case, exclude proper citation and credible authors with a history of authoring credible, fact-checked documents. If only I could post the screen shots I just lifted off of the RIP Kenneth Harding JR facebook page. It contains some real gems about pseudo-journalist Denika Chatman and the "sincerity" of her grieving. A link will be posted below; but I must proceed.

    Kenneth fired at himself, possibly in attempt to shoot at the police.1 It makes sense he would run, as he was in violation of his parole by being outside of Washington state, where he'd already been in trouble for having sex with a 13 year-old when he was 17, while he was in home detention for armed robbery. A year later, he attempted to force the same girl into prostitution.2 The police shot at him because he drew a weapon. The police are permitted to shoot at individuals who run away with a weapon drawn at the police. The police are allowed to fire their weapons at threatening, gun-bearing individuals, until the threat diminishes– this is generally true everywhere, though I only a found a GOVERNMENT ISSUED PDF outlining use of Deadly Force, dated 2006. It's not the strongest information, but it should prompt some EDUCATED INFERENCES BASED ON THE LAW in 2006. 3 There is little information on why Kenneth wasn't resuscitated, though it is assumed (by critical thinkers and those of us with EMT experience/awareness of the check-call-care process) that an individual shall not be resuscitated until the threat of violence or bodily harm diminishes.4 The crowd was already angry, as can be viewed on Youtube, and it is believed by some this is why EMT's would not help.5
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/RIP-Kenneth-Hardin… ; August 14, 2012 comments, October 4, 2013 comments

    1. http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Police-Bayview
    2. http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/07/18/suspe
    3. http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/forms/pdf/Cfl2006.pdf, p 30
    4. http://resultsmedical.com/page2/page2.html
    5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qE8iLrqWpwA ; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfK2Jgb1p-w

    Still paying attention? Or would you rather forget to do your homework? I have some questions about the validity of this “article”:

    Do you, assuming you’ve bothered to research the topic of Kenneth’s death further from multiple, credible news sources– NOT BLOGS!– still believe his death was about civil rights? Or do you think his mother has abused the cause of civil rights in order to deflect attention from her son’s criminal and violent past? How do you think the question of Denika’s motives relates to her amateur EDITORIAL on the separate case of Richard Hastings (ANOTHER BLACK MAN!), who is standing accused of molestation? On that note, who actually is and how are we (the public) defining molestation in the case of Richard Hastings, and how do those definitions differ? I am of the understanding he was unaware that the young male was a minor.6 The wording in the article I am citing is so, so vague. What is child porn in relation to this case? A willing and consensual or scared and coerced 15 year-old? Or a baby in a diaper? Nobody knows because those details have yet to be released!

    6. http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/S-F-Officer-R

    FUCK. If I weren’t so fond of my swear words and emotes (and a full night’s sleep), maybe I would have become a QUALIFIED journalist or lawyer. Maybe then I’d be able to more effectively relieve the world of this SLANDEROUS "journalism" and the mindless commentary that ensues. FUCK >.<

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    1. Quath

      I just hope there can be a fair trial. If the 15 year old lied about his age, it seems that Hastings should go free (unless he knew from other sources the boy was too young). And like you, I don't know what the child porn is. If it is the boy and he lied about his age, I don't see how that could be used against him.

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      1. KAD

        You know whose responsibility it is to know a child's age before fucking him? The adult. Kids do stupid things. Adults–especially those charged with upholding the law–are not supposed to. People who defend rapists are disgusting. Even more amusing is how the cop defenders up thread are stating that the cop hasn't been charged with anything, just accused–then ask Denika about a murder that Kenneth was never charged with. Talk about hypocrites. (I've read the mainstream media reports, too, you see.)

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  19. Idriss Stelley

    Celeste, "Rouge cops" ? No dahlink, it is not about communist cops but about ROGUE cops. HIlarious.

    Anon, you are trying too hard…. go back to protecting and serving with our tax dollars, instead of spilling venom on company time, budget and equipment….

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    1. Quath

      Point out what Anon got wrong. You may not like the message, but you should respond to a point in the message instead of just dismissing it. That is how debate and exchange of ideas works.

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  20. Leslie Williams

    Murder Flat out 100 % I also reviewed the Video of Oscar Grants Death another Flat out in your face murder-Lets not Forget Troy davis Murdered malice Green Murdered-Understand Im white a White Female Murder is Murder and make no mistake about it their are million’s of other white folk that are seeing the thruth of what is happining to Innocent Balck people and we do care Viewers to this comment if your black UNDERSTAND their are white people out their that do see the injustices your race suffers daily may God be with you in every breath you atke and every step you make I sincerly mean this Leslie williams san diego ca

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  21. Leslie Williams

    Also The Comment above stating that Forensics said that Kennith Shot Himself over Bus fare who whould shoot themselves over Bus Fare-also Forensics is a Employment description attached to Government Localitys and states Paid Whores
    Rest in Peace Kennith and I hope his Family recives Justice for his Life someday
    Leslie Williams San diego

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  22. Leslie Williams

    PS My Name is Leslie Williams Im a NASA Miltary Federal and State Whistle Blower I know how the Govt opperate at every level and eewh Govt does have MAJOR MAJOR influence connected to Organized Crime and Journalists So Never think for one minute that this Mans murder was covered up silenced and wrongly reported It happens EVERYDAY
    Peace

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    1. Leslie Williams

      This is a Correction the the Above ACCIDENTAL Typo’s read Carefully -( Ps Sorry )

      PS My Name is Leslie Williams Im a NASA Miltary Federal and State Whistle Blower I know how the Govt opperate’s at every level and the Govt does have MAJOR MAJOR influence connected to Organized Crime and Journalists So Never think for one minute that this Mans murder was’nt covered up silenced and wrongly reported It happens EVERYDAY

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  23. killanigg

    Kill all the black ppl mayb we can pay less taxes no more food stamps and free medical for you bums while we have to work hard.

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  24. Jesus

    Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is a lack of knowledge. Bliss is relative to perception.
    Knowledge is an eternal quest. Truth can be found in anything .
    All of the irrelevant static that preoccupies the few minds that have the potential to ;create a solution, execute the plan , and effectively move to the next problem, serves as the diversion that leads to the failure of humanity to do, exactly that.
    Fuck the power tripping pigs that think that they have some almighty ,Devine , justification in contributing to the jehad on freedom by slaughtering humans that do not participate by the same set of values or collection of ideas that the swine’s masters make the filthy, vile filled subspecies enforce. The citizen of this venom spewing governing body is the victim. Without a freedom, or choice, the “citizen” is delivered unto this nemisonic evil!!
    Shame falls on the evil hate lovers that pin the pigs mark to his breast and bost the golden shield for all to fear. Burn ,they will , for eternity filthy fucking motherfucking, child molesting, freedom hating, humanity destroying , deliverer of all that is evil = the police officer.
    Burn burn burn…..you deserve no quarter and all that seek your thoughts shall be doomed to your identical damnation as if they were you and you in them the same…..
    Then and only then ….when all of the people of the earth are truly free of every last seeker of control …can the good people of the earth live in the light of peace , love , and Freedom

    “………….daddy said so……….. Amen

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  25. Jordan

    To the mother of this poor boy, I’m sorry. Whatever he did no one deserves to die. This is police brutality at it’s worst. And they just sit and watch him bleed… This sickened me. I’m disgusted with the police, I’m disgusted with this lame ass “news report” that says he killed himself and he shot first and blah blah blah. You want a fact? Multiple police, with drawn weapons, watched as a young man lost his life from their own guns. He didn’t pay a bus fare and ran so he got shot? Disgusting. Filthy. I know I’m years behind but I just read this article. So sorry for your loss Mam. I hope the officer who did this burns in everlasting hell

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  26. Infantryman 223

    Of course cops will cover shit up and so will anyone else they work with. It has been proven countless times that cops lie, cheat, steal, molest and kill then it gets covered up. For you to sit here and say yeah they said he shot himself in the head but did you read all the statements made by the sfpd? They said some how he managed to shoot himself from behind while he was running! Really now if you believe that then your just as stupid and gullible and the rest of these people that believe cops are here to protect and service. When really all they do is harass and intimidate people.

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