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San Fran D.A. vows to crack down on rioters

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Some San Franciscans rioted after the Giants won the Major League Baseball championship.  The local chief prosecutor wants to avoid a similar outcome.

What occurred during the World Series cannot be tolerated again,” District Attorney George Gascón said, via KCBS.

In late October 2012, 36 were arrested, and 14 of them were charged.  Some face 25 years to life because of the three-strike felony rule in California.

“The consequences for going out there, hurting someone, damaging property, are very severe and there is no need for that to occur,” Gascón said.

And in this post-Orwellian era in which Big Brother is not only the government but also the governed, evidence generated by members of the public will be used against any offenders.

“Certainly we will be looking for that information through the Internet, so whatever you do out there, understand that there are many witnesses and the information today is captured electronically,” Gascón said.

Rioting is possible in San Francisco and Baltimore, regardless of who wins or loses.  We recommend practices that will cause folks to be more relaxed.  And we trust that folks in California will come up with something.

Given that Michael Phelps hails from Baltimore, they’ll be able to find a way to mellow their emotions, too.

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31 Responses to “San Fran D.A. vows to crack down on rioters”
  1. cosanostra71 says: Feb 3, 2013 2:36 PM

    Unfortunately we voted out the three strike rule. Are they grandfathered?

  2. jebbiesmallz says: Feb 3, 2013 2:37 PM

    Rioting in San Francisco? What, do they go to a coffee shop and overpay for a latte and then go beat up some at the Facebook headquarters?

  3. mizzousooner says: Feb 3, 2013 2:38 PM

    I’ve never understood this nonsense. Hey, our team won, let’s burn someones car! Woot!

  4. duncanthecat says: Feb 3, 2013 2:39 PM

    Considering they can’t even crack down on the bums loitering the sidewalks, good luck cracking down on the anarchist.

  5. sandy102270 says: Feb 3, 2013 2:42 PM

    “Given that Michael Phelps hails from Baltimore, they’ll be able to find a way to mellow their emotions, too.”

    Why no mention of Tim Lincecum or Randy Moss, who are notable inhalers from the home of the Left Coast entrant in the game?

  6. monkeyhateclean says: Feb 3, 2013 2:48 PM

    The question is, if the Ravens win, how will the police be able to tell if their city is rioting due to Superbowl euphoria, or just because its Sunday?

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 3, 2013 2:49 PM

    Or they could just let the place burn and start over.

  8. jakec4 says: Feb 3, 2013 2:50 PM

    Comes with the territory. Who decides what is a celebration and what is a riot? The cops are usually the ones who make things worse, and if you don’t want your car flipped or set on fire, it’s up to you to secure your own possessions. People drinking in the streets don’t deserve to be tazered if they aren’t doing anything destructive..

  9. kattykathy says: Feb 3, 2013 2:57 PM

    Looks like the whole entire fan base will get arrested then.

    All hooligans

  10. thefox61 says: Feb 3, 2013 2:58 PM

    Just stay home

  11. illadelphiasphinest says: Feb 3, 2013 3:01 PM

    San Fran/LA fans make Philly fans look like saints.

  12. bmore44 says: Feb 3, 2013 3:04 PM

    No way it happens in B-more. Police don’t play here.

  13. dryzzt23 says: Feb 3, 2013 3:06 PM

    I’m surprised that the “rioters” in SF aren’t painting cars pink, rearranging people’s furniture, and planting flowers everywhere in celebration.

  14. daknight93 says: Feb 3, 2013 3:16 PM

    I don’t get it and makes no sense, after winning a world championship, fans wanna burn cars and businesses..Riots seem to be popular in California regardless if it’s racial or sports related…police obviously have very little control out there.

  15. socalraider909 says: Feb 3, 2013 3:23 PM

    Imagine how many people will be stabbed in the neck if they lose tonight

  16. phuriousjorge says: Feb 3, 2013 3:26 PM

    A plea from your average Joe….please no violence!
    Buy someone a drink to celebrate your win, then get your friends girlfriend to drive you home.

  17. xplicitpits says: Feb 3, 2013 3:31 PM

    That’s ok cause there going to lose tonight & from now on everything will have to run through Seattle! #WHINERCHOKERS! #42-13@CLINK #GOHAWKS

  18. goldenperspective says: Feb 3, 2013 3:35 PM

    I’ll smoke to that!

  19. seanb20124 says: Feb 3, 2013 3:43 PM

    The rioters are likely made up from the 47%

  20. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 3, 2013 3:45 PM

    Looks like the whole entire fan base will get arrested then.

    All hooligans

    Hey you town did just……oh that’s right they never get this far…ssshhh. Don’t judge…

  21. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 3, 2013 3:47 PM

    San Fran/LA fans make Philly fans look like saints.

    That is not humanly possible…started the party early eh?

  22. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 3, 2013 3:49 PM

    No way it happens in B-more. Police don’t play here.

    They can’t with the natives living there…hey they support Ray Lewis …just saying

  23. birdbrainsnj says: Feb 3, 2013 3:53 PM

    Someone gets stabbed regularly at their home games. Good luck!

  24. audient says: Feb 3, 2013 3:58 PM

    Send in Sam Wyche to shout “This is not Oakland!”

  25. TeamBalco says: Feb 3, 2013 4:23 PM

    Sounds like the same thing the Los Angeles D.A. said during the Lakers championship run(s). Now all I can remember is that upside down cop car in front of the staples center. #GoodLuck

  26. sgtr0c says: Feb 3, 2013 4:27 PM

    are you asking that we all should smoke some pot to stop rioting? would it work?

  27. gadzod says: Feb 3, 2013 4:29 PM

    Or people getting shot at during Preseason games? Or people getting beat into a coma for months and gets brain damage? Screw it, if they riot and burn people’s cars, charge them with terrorism, lock them up, and throw away the key. Send everybody a warning. I’m sick and tired of being worried about my possessions, my life, or family being threatened by these goons.

    Terrorism is : the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion

    That definitely defines what these people do. Maybe if you do it to one person, others will think about it the next time they decide to try it.

  28. thaysao says: Feb 3, 2013 4:59 PM

    I’ll travel to SF to find out…

  29. commonsensedude says: Feb 3, 2013 5:40 PM

    They do realize that preemptively warning the world of potential riots in San Francisco might not advance the cause of luring other NFL franchises to California, don’t they?

  30. orivar says: Feb 3, 2013 6:14 PM

    I forgot the Giants won the World Series, I really did.

    Then again when it comes to World Series, few people that live in San Fran & St. Louis bothered to watch. Ratings hit an all time low, which reminds me why every time I forget that they were even in it.

  31. Uncle Charlie says: Feb 3, 2013 6:34 PM

    “And in this post-Orwellian era in which Big Brother is not only the government but also the governed, evidence generated by members of the public will be used against any offenders.”

    What a crock of hyperbolic BS. Please never publish again.

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