July 18, 2011COMMENT: Whatever the truth may be in regards to after-the-fact claims that Kenneth Harding was a murder suspect, it has NO relevance to the on-the-spot decision by police to fire (multiple times) on a bus fare scofflaw. Murderers are entitled to a trial, not execution in the streets. This extreme excessive force completely undermines community relations with police, is racially divisive, and is all too reminiscent of the BART Cop shooting of the unarmed Oscar Grant (officer released after serving 1 year) and numerous other cases of seemingly unjustified deadly force.
Angry crowd shouts ‘Where’s the gun’ after a man [Kenneth Harding] fleeing police was shot 5 times for allegedly not paying bus fare… police now claim man was person of interest in murder case.
Kenneth Harding Killed By Police In Bayview: Cops Checking Muni Fares Kill Man As He Flees (GRAPHIC VIDEO)
July 18, 2011
On Saturday afternoon, 19-year old Kenneth Harding was shot and killed by police conducting a routine Muni fare inspection in the Bayview.
According to SF Weekly, Harding, a Washington State parolee, was wanted in Seattle as a person of interest in last week’s slaying of a 19-year old pregnant woman, Tanaya Gilbert.
A little before 5 p.m. on Saturday, two uniformed SFPD officers were checking for tickets on the T-Third line at a station near the intersection of Third Street and Oakdale Avenue, and stopped Harding for Muni fare evasion. Allegedly, when the officers attempted to detain Harding, he fled on foot and was shot multiple times by police. The suspect eventually succumbed to his injuries and died later that night at an area hospital.
Police claim man killed by police for bus fare was suspect in murder case
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco police Sunday announced that investigators have recovered a gun they believe was used by a man killed Saturday in an officer-involved shooting near a Bayview train platform.
The officers were stationed in the area as part of an increased police presence to respond to recent shootings in the neighborhood, Andraychak said.
The 19-year-old man ran from the officers and allegedly pulled out a handgun and shot at them as they chased him on foot, police said.
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Man shot during police chase was murder suspect
July 18, 2011
Investigators say a 19-year-old parolee shot to death by San Francisco police was wanted for questioning in the Washington state shooting death of a pregnant woman.