San Francisco Police Prepare for Giants Parade and Celebration

By: Sylvia Ramirez - Tue, 30 Oct 2012 08:00:58 -0800

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) --San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr says his department has plans in place to make sure that the destructive behavior that some fans exhibited after the World Series win on Sunday night will not happen during the victory parade and Civic Center celebration on Wednesday.
 
He said that the police department did not anticipate the vandalism that occurred in the hours following the Giants sweep of the Series Sunday night.  A total of 36 people were arrested, 23 for felonies, while dozens of businesses were vandalized and a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus was set on fire in the wake of the Giants' 4-3, extra-inning game on Sunday that completed a four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers, Suhr said.
      
The chief said the revelry started peacefully, but "after the original, understandable celebration comes the almost mystifying belief that some people can just come trash San Francisco."
      
Suhr said the destructive behavior was "a one-up" on San Francisco's celebration of the Giants' World Series win over the Texas Rangers in 2010 and came as a surprise to authorities.
      
Safety concerns initially prevented firefighters from coming to extinguish multiple bonfires set in the middle of streets in the Mission District. The fires were eventually put out after police escorted the firefighters through the crowds, he said.
      
Police are still looking for who set the Muni 8X-Bayshore Express bus on fire at Market and Kearny streets, Suhr said. Eight passengers plus the driver were all able to get out safely before the bus was set ablaze, he said.
      
The bus cost $1 million after it was revamped recently, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.
      
Vandals also sprayed graffiti on storefronts along several blocks of Mission Street.
      
One officer suffered a broken finger in the mayhem while another injured a wrist. Other officers were struck by glass bottles but did not require medical treatment, Suhr said.
 
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