Posts Tagged ‘baseball’

By Eric Louie

Last night I covered another community outrage after police killed a black man. Police say he was a stabbing suspect with a knife that left them no choice but to shoot when confronted. Protesters say witness cell phone video shows otherwise.

It’s a story seen many times and in many cities, especially with technologies that let us record images and distribute them through the Web. But this goes further than what happened when five officers fired on Mario Woods that Wednesday afternoon, or even the wider talk of police brutality. 

Last night’s demonstration was during a police commission meeting at City Hall. The largest banner, being used to frame the speakers rallying the crowd outside, read “We are the Last 3% of Black SF.” With the current tech boom others are not just left out, but in some cases physically moved out from rising housing costs with gentrification. During the meeting many speakers identified themselves as native San Franciscans who felt alienated.

Coincidentally, I saw this change first-hand recently. The night after police shot Woods, I was in the same neighborhood working coat check for a welcome party for buyers of newly-built homes. The bus went through the same dilapidated, plywood-covered-window, low-rise apartment housing projects I remember passing through on some occasional journey when young. I had before never taken the 19 Polk to the end of the line before this night, or seen the city from the shipyards my grandfather worked. Though I grew up in San Francisco, there was never a reason to go to Bayview-Hunters Point, with more reasons to avoid it. Once, during a high school journalism camp, I helped navigate us by bus to see a Giants game at Candlestick Park. Many wondered why I took them through a sketchy neighborhood to go there.   

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The most heated point last night didn’t come from someone asking police to stay away, but Sala Chandler, whose son Yalani Chinyamurindi was 19 when he was killed with three others in a car earlier this year. She said the fact that her son’s shooting remains unsolved is an example of a low priority for black lives.

Chandler went over her allotted two-minute public speaker time and wouldn’t stop. The audience stood for her support, police walked towards her, and there was some yelling that led to an emergency recess. Commissioners left the room before resuming shortly after. 

“We ain’t going nowhere,” Chandler said into the mic during the chaos.  “We’re gonna shut the streets down.”




By Eric Louie

Last night I saw people dropping bottles off roofs to stop others trying to break the building’s windows. The cab driver who got me home said in his country there’s riots every five years, when someone overthrows the government.

Born and raised in San Francisco, it has been amazing to see the Giants win their third World Series championship since 2010. They had never won one since moving from New York in 1958.

Along with that has come the sports tradition of trashing cities. I had stayed in for the deciding Game 7, watching it at my grandma’s house, which I believe gave the team the support they needed to win. Afterwards, when the celebrations led to smashed windows, fireworks and fires, Ruptly TV wanted video.

With the bus system stopped (in 2012 busses were smashed during the celebration), my dad drove me to the Mission. There had also been a couple shootings and a stabbing. Police in riot gear were moving the crowd along. Bottles were being thrown at the cops from the back of the crowd, with a lot of them landing closer to the partiers. There was graffiti including some directed towards the rich techies that have been gentrifying the neighborhood, and some shouting against police in general, but many more were just cheering for the team. Eventually the crowd dispersed, and I took a cab since the busses were just starting to get back running.

Here’s some video I took.

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giants 2012, a photo by eric.louie on Flickr.

By Eric Louie

Good luck to the 2013 San Francisco Giants, who start the season today against the Los Angeles Dodgers! Here’s a picture of when the 2010 and 2012 World Series Championship trophies came to Hayward.

It’s actually considered Oakland A’s territory, but considering there’s a lot of San Francisco folks like me who can’t afford to live in the city, there’s probably a lot of Giants fans who live in the East Bay that even remember when we had no baseball championships. That includes the 1989 World Series, when we got swept by Oakland, which no one remembers because of the whole major-eathquake-hitting-during-the-game thing.

I got this photo after finishing three days of delivering the Central City Extra throughout the San Francisco Tenderloin and South of Market neighborhoods, and then an editorial meeting. I thought I would go home first, but ended up running late and just staying on the BART train to go straight there. I don’t think I showered that day, and for sure was full of newspaper ink.

They ended up charging $20 for the photo, more if you wanted a nice frame or something. It was in city hall and supposedly they weren’t allowing outside photography. Some people did, but I was by myself and had no one to ask anyway. This was different from the first championship, when they did it on a free pre-registered basis at the Comcast studios as part of some fan appreciation day. They put it on facebook and you could download it. I didn’t know it cost money this time (other than a couple dollars donation to the local Junior Giants team) so I went to the bar to think about it first. There I saw a guy who had been 86’d before get arrested after he would not leave. He had just walked in and was pretty peaceful about it. I don’t know what happened before, but the bartender wouldn’t serve him and did give fair warning before he called the cops.

I even told the guy he should leave, since it was just a bunch of dudes there on this weekday evening and there was no reason to stay. But he insisted on somehow pleading his case for a beer. So much for my efforts at crime prevention. I then looked on my phone to see if there was a free way to get the photos, but the only previews I saw had a big “X” going across as a watermark unless you paid the download fee. It was about the same as buying the photo, so I decided to suck it up and pay for it. A guy next to me was on crutches and asked for some kind of discount. Staff gave it to him for free right there. That was cool.

By Eric Louie

Here’s a video of a gorilla on BART after the San Francisco Giants 2012 Championship parade. It was on Halloween, which turned out to be a rainy Wednesday night, so things were pretty low-key. I saw this going on in the next car and grabbed my camera. I don’t think he’ll replace Lou Seal, and would even like to see a Crazy Crab comeback, but it was pretty cool to see. Enjoy.


By Eric Louie

This video is of the 2012 San Francisco Giants World Series win celebration at 9th Avenue and Irving Street in the city’s Sunset District. It’s where I grew up. I initially went to 19th Avenue and Irving Street. There was some burned trash in the street including a vacuum cleaner, spent fireworks and cops. Things were pretty much over, so my buddy and I walked to 9th. Around midnight the crowd got smaller, and the police cleared the street around midnight. I ran into a friend I’ve known since high school at the bar.