SFPD Assaults Black Cyclist, Discover He Was Only “Packing” a Cupcake and Juice

Published On November 17, 2013 | By Jacob Crawford @ WeCopwatch | Videos

Reposted from Uptown Almanac
Written by Kevin Montgomery

Photographer Travis Jensen reports that 21-year-old D’Paris Williams, a.k.a. “DJ,” a City College student, was assaulted Friday afternoon for what appears to be no reason:

Yesterday afternoon, while riding his bicycle home from the Make A Wish Foundation’s “Bat Kid” happenings, DJ was confronted by two undercover police officers in an unmarked vehicle at the Valencia Gardens Apartments in the City’s Mission District. Apparently, the officers said something to DJ about riding his bicycle on the sidewalk as he was pulling up to his home in the complex. It is unclear whether the officers identified themselves or not, but did proceed to get out of their car, grab DJ from behind as he was entering the home and beat him for no apparent reason. A police search uncovered a cupcake and juice that DJ had just purchased from the corner store. Nobody has spoken to DJ since the incident occurred as he was immediately taken to S.F. General Hospital for treatment, and then to the 850 Bryant police station. So far, it appears no charges have been made against DJ either. There is building video surveillance footage of DJ’s confrontation w/ police, but it that has yet to be released by housing authority. Furthermore, three residents came to DJ’s aid when they saw officers beating him up, only to find themselves also under attack by officers. By this time, uniformed backup had arrived on the scene. Including DJ, a total of four individuals were beaten and arrested by officers.

As mentioned, after DJ was assaulted and taken to SF General, the Valencia Garden community spilled out into the street in protest of the violence.  Residents began filming and soon captured footage of officers attacking protesters.  Around 1:30, an officer can be seen punching a detained man on the ground:
That man, who can also be seen earlier in the video trying to pull an aggravated man away from officers and then being attack, was later seen with his face bloodied:

We’ll update as this story develops.

[Portrait by Travis Jensen]

UPDATE: We’re now getting more information about the incident.

We’re told that the scene unfolded right as DJ was entering his house. As he was questioned by undercover narcotic agents, the officer in the black baseball hat (pictured above) grabbed DJ and shoved his head into his front door. DJ’s sister, who was holding a newborn baby, was witness to the entire scene. When she approached the door where DJ was being assaulted, a second officer pushed her.

They then dragged DJ into the street and punched him in the head until he was knocked out. Others in lock-up with DJ report that he blacked out and has no recollection of what happened. DJ is still in custody and not being allowed to speak to anyone; however, criminal charges are yet to be filed.

Currently two of the other three men who were arrested have been released.

We’re told man seen holding the cane in the video is a gay, HIV-positive man who needs his cane because of medical complications. The police are continuing to hold him in custody, allegedly because his cane is being considered a “deadly weapon.”

Orlando (last name unknown), who had his face bloodied after pulling the man with the cane away from officers, was released “a few hours ago,” according to Travis Jensen.

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About The Author

Jacob Crawford is a long time Copwatcher based out of the Bay Area in California. He joined Berkeley Copwatch in 2000 and produced the first ever "in the streets" non-dramatized know your rights video "These Streets Are Watching". He has been a contributor for CopBlock.org for several years and currently is running WeCopwatch.org with other Copwatchers.
  • steve

    Am I first , oh wow. Anyway lets hear it from the trolls.

  • John Q Public

    2nd! Don’t worry Steve, the “AUTHORITY” will be along any time now.

  • t

    What would you like to here steve? How there is nothing but innuendo in this article? Or about how the video clearly shows the police being assaulted?

  • John Q Public

    The only thing the video shows is a bunch of guys trying to attack the cops and get taken down for it. As usual, the video doesn’t show what started the event though.

  • John Q Public

    “Though we only have the one second-hand account at this point from photographer Travis Jansen, he says that his friend D’Paris Williams, a.k.a. “DJ,” was bicycling home with a cupcake and juice in his pocket from the corner store when some undercover officers approached him in a car and said something about having his bicycle on the sidewalk. They then got out of the car as he was approaching his home, “grab DJ from behind as he was entering the home and beat him for no apparent reason.”

    Y’all forgot the first line there.

  • aOd

    The only thing this video shows is a strung out undercover cop assaulting innocent civilians!! For those of you unable to pick out the undercover, its the man in khakis and black hat, brutally assaulting the man who walks up to the cops talking shit. Its a sad, scary world when someone speaking out against the police state gets his face smashed in!! Whats even sadder is the effin people who line up to defend this bullshit police state!!

  • truthspew

    The more I watch of videos like this the more I believe the U.S. in general is teetering on the edge of outright and open rebellion against the police.

    They’ve abused us for far too long and gotten away with it in 99% of the cases. It’s high time our politicians are made to have their feet held to the fire to reign in this type of policing.

    Because if they don’t, I wouldn’t want to be a cop anywhere in the United States.

  • Common Sense

    I can’t wait for the rebellion. You start, I’ll meet you there.

  • stretchrunner

    At the 1:33 you can see the undercover douche punching the kid on the ground….

  • Keith

    I agree, and starting with the pussy fuckers on this site would be a great idea.

  • ThirtyOneBravo

    Spew,

    If you watch videos like these and don’t come to the conclusion that you’re missing the entire picture, and then get all woe is us, you’re a lemming.

  • t

    31: Yep.