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Protest of Fatal Police Shooting Ends In 35 Arrests

Protest of Fatal Police Shooting Ends In 35 Arrests

San Francisco Chronicle via YellowBrix

July 20, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO — Gunshot residue was found on the hand of a man fatally shot by San Francisco police, officials said Tuesday, a finding that could bolster officers’ assertion that the man opened fire on them before he was killed. Also Tuesday, more than 35 people protesting the shooting were arrested in downtown San Francisco.

Kenneth Wade Harding, 19, was shot and killed in the Bayview neighborhood Saturday after he allegedly fired at two officers who had asked him if he had a Muni ticket.

Harding was a Washington state parolee who was being sought for questioning in connection with a Seattle killing last week. He ran from the San Francisco officers and fired a gun from under his arm before the officers shot back and struck him, police said.

About 150 people gathered in Dolores Park at 5 p.m. to protest Harding’s shooting and Bay Area police conduct in general.

Dozens of protesters marched from the park through the Mission and Castro districts during the evening, shutting down streets and at one point storming the Castro Muni station. Inside, some protesters threw smoke bombs and used sticks and hammers to smash signs and vandalized a Bank of America branch, according to police.

They also stopped in front of the Mission Police Station, where they threw a hammer at officers, who were not hit. One protester attempted to take a camera away from a member of a local TV news crew – police made an arrest in that incident, Officer Albie Esparza, a police spokesman, said.

The protesters moved toward downtown and the Powell Street cable car turnaround, disrupting Muni service and traffic. When they ignored orders to clear the street, police surrounded the group and made arrests. Several others were arrested nearby after scuffling with police.

The discovery of gunshot residue on Harding’s right hand “supports statements from witnesses that Harding held the gun in his right hand as he fired at the police officers,” Esparza said.

The residue could indicate either that Harding fired a gun, was in close proximity to a gun as it was fired, or touched a gun or other object with gunshot residue, Esparza said.

In addition to Saturday’s shooting, there has been outrage over a July 3 shooting in which BART police killed Charles Blair Hill, a 45-year-old transient. Police said Hill threw a bottle at two officers and pulled a knife before one of the officers shot him to death on the BART Civic Center Station platform in San Francisco.

But it was the Saturday shooting that most outraged protesters. Police did not find a gun at the scene, near Third Street and Oakdale Avenue, but an online video taken just after Harding was shot showed what appeared to be a gun on the ground. Police later found what they believe was the gun, a .45-caliber pistol, at the home of a parolee in the Bayview.

Police Chief Greg Suhr is scheduled to attend a community meeting about the shooting at 6 p.m. today at the Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third St.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago

    After watching the videos that were posted on youtube.... I gotta say those guys showed extreme restraint in dealing with the mob! Great job to our borthers and sister in SFPD who had to and are still dealing with this.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    Civility, folks. When the other side shows animosity is when we need to combat it with professionalism the most. The rule of law must prevail, or we'll all be living in chaos.

  • Skull_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Animals. Plain animals. These idiots never know the real story and if they saw it with their own eyes they would still not believe what they saw and would blame the police.
    You want to riot. Fine we got sticks, shields and the will to win.

  • Thinker_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Let them protest all they want and lock-up all the protestors that violate any law while protesting. Appears to be 2 righteous shoots so everyone else can go pound sand as the offers went home unscathed which is all that really matters...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago

    Congrats on the arrests of the rioters.The city I worked was the only major metro area in the country,back in the day,which had riots for more than two years straight.I worked SIX years of riots and MANY went to jail and were convicted.Let them try rioting in the old Soviet Union or an Arab country if they think they have it so bad.WAAAA!

  • 309


    about 3 years ago


    Bump Top_Cat. I saw a photo of his dead body and blood on the street and felt good knowing justice was served the best way possible before he could kill again.

  • Esu_patch_max50


    about 3 years ago


    More from the no justice no police crowd. Amazing how many people dont have to be at work,,, Bump to candiddebate

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    There are truly several reasons that I won't live/work in the Democratic Republic of Kalifornia and the good protesters and rioters are a couple of the major reasons. The POS worked hard at what he got and the end result was his own doing.

  • Gold_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Me being a native San Franciscan and a person concerned with the conduct of people in my city must agree with you good commentators. IF I say IF it was proven that the guy had no gun, he was not a pedophile and he did not get out of prison. If he was just some dumb ass kid running away from a fair evasion I might be at a protest BUT he was not. He was a murderer, a pimp, a pedophile. Last but not least he shot , fired his gun at the LEOs. This moron that obviously did not have enough brains to just give the fuck up and live deserved what he got. This coming from a Blk Guy from San Francisco. So no I am not a racist, just saying.

  • L_59fe72e99fa891e59f62e6ceb62eca88_max50


    about 3 years ago


    In there process of seeking what they thought was right, they break the law? Idiots....Too bad so sad.

  • Th_detective_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Bring back water cannons and start using them on idiots like these "Protestors". They will riot and cause mayhem regardless of the evidence that the suspect was armed and fired at police. These idiots just look for any excuse to create public disturbances and wave their "Anti-LEO" banners, enough already!

  • Az_phx_motorcade1a_max50


    about 3 years ago


    I don't think these people even care about the facts, they just like protesting and fighting against the police. They should all be rounded up and shipped to a country where they don't have ANY rights.

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Is it just me or is it all that they do in San Francisco is protest? They even have to do it like animals. It just amazes me that they have nothing better to do.

  • Eagle_and_flag_max50


    about 3 years ago


    People never cease to amaze me. They protest when a Thug is shot by police, but don't when a Thug kills someone else. I won't go into what I'm really thinking!!

    Glad the PD made the arrests!!!

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