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* Kenneth Harding shot by San Francisco police after he shot at them

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A man who was fatally shot by San Francisco police on Saturday after allegedly opening fire on officers in the city’s Bayview District has been identified by the medical examiner’s office as Kenneth Harding. Harding, 19, had been detained by patrol officers doing fare inspections at a San Francisco Municipal Railway light-rail stop at Third Street and Palou Avenue at about 4:45 p.m. Saturday, police said.

Police said Harding ran from the officers and pulled out a handgun and shot at them as they chased him. At least one of the officers returned fire and wounded Harding. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7:01 p.m. No police officers were injured. The officers involved in the shooting had been conducting the fare inspections while they were stationed in the area as part of an increased police presence in response to recent shootings in the neighborhood, police said.

Amateur video footage of the exchange showed that a passerby picked up Harding’s handgun after the shootout and took it from the area before investigators were able to establish a crime scene, police said. But with the help of witnesses, police were able to identify the person who took the gun, and recovered it Sunday afternoon.The shooting is the third involving San Francisco police since early June. On June 7, officers fatally shot a suspected Southern California bank robber near Buena Vista Park after he allegedly tried to run them over with his car.

On June 29, police shot and wounded a wanted parolee after he shot at officers near Gough and Ellis streets, according to police. Saturday’s shooting triggered an impromptu protest in the Mission District early Sunday morning, and another rally is planned for noon today at the site of the shooting in the Bayview District.

Protesters are calling for the formation of a civilian review board and FBI investigation of the shooting. The rally’s organizers, which include the Idriss Stelly Foundation, the local chapter of Education Not Incarceration and the San Francisco Bayview National Black Newspaper, also want to see District Attorney George Gascon removed from the investigation, saying he has a conflict of interest because he used to be police chief.

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  • OMG they are trying to make this guy a victim. I just read another article. This was not a race thing THIS WAS A PUNK TRYING TO SHOOT IT OUT WITH POLICE. These protesters like Chris Jackson, a former candidate for District 10 “This is something that only happens in communities of color,” ( thank god he was not elected ) and Jeremy Miller, co-director of Education not Incarceration ( crap disturber ) Dysfunctional thinking I repeat Dysfunctional thinking. I call them enablers of bad behavior shame on them.

  • These protesters are dysfunctional they are making me sick. Now they want to elude that the gun was planted or not part of the crime. Lets wait till the police do there press release at 2 before we make judgment. Also FYI this guy was wanted for possible murder out of Seattle. Wonder why he would run and shoot it out with the police?

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