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Authorities arrest 1 in connection with violent attack on San Francisco free speech rally organizer

Authorities arrested a man in connection with an assault on a speaker at a San Francisco free speech rally that took place on Saturday.

A suspect punched the free speech rally organizer in the face, knocking out at least two of his teeth.

What are the details?

According to Newsweek, authorities arrested 35-year-old Adora Anderson of Watsonville, California, who is accused of “mayhem” and “hate crime enhancement” after reportedly punching 25-year-old Philip Anderson in the face.

Authorities say there is no relation between the men despite their shared last name.

Viral videos captured the moment that Philip was assaulted during the rally, which was referred to as a “Free Speech Rally Against Twitter and Big Tech.” The demonstration was held at the federal building at U.N. Plaza, near Twitter’s headquarters. The event was a protest against the company’s censorship of the New York Post’s article on emails purported to belong to Hunter Biden regarding foreign business dealings and his father, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

San Francisco police arrived on the scene on to respond to reports of an aggravated assault. Philip told authorities that he had been participating in the free speech rally when an unknown assailant punched him in the face.

A GoFundMe page to raise money to repair Philip’s teeth has received more than $30,035 in donations at the time of this reporting.

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statement from the San Francisco Police Department read:

On Saturday, October 17, 2020, at approximately 12:20 PM, San Francisco Police officers responded to the area of Leavenworth and McAllister Streets for a report of an aggravated assault. Officers met with a 25-year-old male victim who identified himself as the victim of the assault. The victim told officers he was participating in a free speech rally at UN Plaza when he was punched in the face by an unknown suspect. The assault caused the victim to lose two teeth. The SFPD Night Investigations Unit and Special Investigations Unit led the investigation.

Investigators developed information that led to the identity of the suspect in the assault. The suspect was identified as 35-year-old Adora Anderson of Watsonville. On Sunday, October 18, 2020, at approximately 2:53 PM, Adora Anderson was taken into custody by San Francisco Police officers in Oakland, CA. Adora Anderson was transported to San Francisco County Jail where he was booked on charges of mayhem (203 PC) and a hate crime enhancement (422.75(a) PC).

While an arrest has been made, this remains an open investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the SFPD 24 Hour Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin your text message with SFPD. You may remain anonymous.

What else?

Authorities shut down the Saturday rally after counterdemonstrators became violent.

As previously reported by The Blaze, the situation quickly spiraled out of control against those conservatives gathered for the demonstration, and police were forced to escort them away from the premises and to their vehicles.

Following the assault, Philip told the crowd, “Too bad it got canceled. That’s what happens when you lose free speech, this is what our country has turned into.”

He also shared a snap of his bloodied mouth on social media after leaving the hospital.

He captioned the photo, “Antifa attacked me for no reason.”

Philip later tweeted, “I have a question for you, Joe Biden. You said that Antifa is just an idea. This is what they did to me. I’m at the hospital right now … because of Antifa. Do you still think, after seeing this, that they’re just an idea?”

The tweets are unavailable at the time of this reporting, as his account has been suspended.

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San Francisco cops leaving in record numbers, pursuing jobs at other departments

San Francisco police officers are leaving the department in record numbers with many pursuing jobs at departments elsewhere in the state or around the country, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday.

The mass exodus, which amounts to 54 officers so far this year — with 23 leaving for other jobs and 31 retiring — comes as the city just approved a measure to defund the police and is debating other areas of reform as a result of Black Lives Matter protests.

In late July, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced $120 million in police funding would be redirected to address disparities in the black community over the next two years. That was just the latest in a string of abuses that police have suffered in the last decade.

Many officers are also reportedly frustrated working under California’s Proposition 47, a measure that reduced many nonviolent felonies to misdemeanors and has resulted in little or no jail time for such crimes as hard drug possession and theft.

Now officers are effectively protesting the changes by packing their things and moving on.

According to the Chronicle, the number of officers leaving the department is trending at a record pace. If they continue as they are, the department is “on track to lose nearly twice as many cops this year as it did last year and close to four times as many as in 2018.”

Tony Montoya, president of the San Francisco Police Officers Association, warned, “This is just the beginning. Dozens are actively in the hiring process with other agencies.”

“The members are upset that the social experiment being conducted in San Francisco is failing, and they would rather work someplace that values them,” he added. “Members have gone to places like the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, Pleasant Hill, Beverly Hills, Petaluma, Palm Springs, Placerville, Long Beach, Idaho, Texas, Arizona,”

One officer who transferred to Texas, said that in addition to better pay and fewer taxes, “it’s also nice working at a place where everyone isn’t mad at you.”

“In San Francisco, everyone was mad,” he said. “The homeowners would get mad because you didn’t move the homeless who were sleeping in front of their house. Then, when you tried to help the homeless, someone would start yelling about police brutality … and everyone had a cellphone camera on you.”

Another officer said that with the upcoming budget cuts, pay freezes, and the potential for more reform, San Francisco “just doesn’t feel like a place to be for the long haul.”

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San Francisco police to stop releasing mug shots over racial bias concerns

The San Francisco Police Department will no longer release the mug shots of arrested individuals — unless they pose a threat to public safety — over concerns of perpetuating racial bias, the department’s chief announced Wednesday.

Chief Bill Scott said that publishing the names and faces of arrested individuals on social media or in the news “creates an illusory correlation for viewers that fosters racial bias and vastly overstates the propensity of Black and brown men to engage in criminal behavior,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Scott also reportedly said in an interview that he arrived at his decision in response to concerns he had heard from members of the community, police officers, the public defender’s office, and prosecutors. The police chief added that his own personal experiences in seeing mug shots published online also informed his decision.

“Now, these are photos that were supplied by law enforcement, but that illustrates the point,” Scott said. “When you see that enough, some people can start associating groups of people with criminal activity and crime, which leads to another whole host of problems — stereotyping.”

According to the Associated Press, legal experts who also spoke at the news conference noted that mug shots are often released regardless of whether or not the individual is prosecuted for the crime, and suggested that making the booking photos public often undermines the presumption of innocence.

Scott said he believes his department is the first in the country to issue such a directive, but said he hoped other departments would consider following suit.

“This is just one small step but we hope this will be something that others might consider doing as well,” Scott said.

Jack Glaser, a professor at the University of California-Berkeley whose research Scott consulted before issuing the directive, said data shows black people are more likely to have their cases dismissed.

“That may be just part and parcel of the same issue that police will stop and search Blacks at a lower threshold of suspicion in the first place and so, their arrests are more likely to be unsubstantiated,” he said, according to the AP.

The Chronicle reported that under the new order, the department’s media relations unit will handle the release of any booking photos or information about arrested individuals.

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