Our investigation into an attack on a Yale University singing group is sparking outrage in San Francisco and across the country.
The Baker’s Dozen came to San Francisco over New Year’s on their winter tour, and were ambushed outside a party held in their honor. Several of the young men went to the hospital with serious injuries. You can watch the report here.
I want to give you a sampling of the e-mail we’ve received, and answer some of the questions that have come in. Don from the East Bay copied us on a message he sent to SFPD Chief Heather Fong, Mayor Gavin Newsom, and each member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors:
“I just watched Channel 7's report on the group of young men who recently visited San Francisco and were purportedly attacked by San Francisco residents while visiting here. If the story, as reported, is even close to being true then I am more than a little disappointed by your handling of this serious crime. I saw your department's hired hack, Givens, on TV suggesting that everything was handled correctly since it was merely a fight and, after all, officers broke up the fight and now an investigation is underway. Are you serious??? This appears to me to be nothing short of a felony assault. An arrest should have been made- as a matter of fact one was required- am I wrong??? Because the suspects are son(s) of a prominent San Francisco doctor didn't play into this? Get real and start doing the job you ought to be doing for the very residents of the city that pay your salary. Somebody needs to pay for this. Have you any excuse for the absolute piss-poor fashion in which your department has handled this??? Do you need the FBI conducting yet another incident of your officers violating somebody's civil rights? Is this the way serious criminal assaults are handled in one of this country's finest cities? What is wrong with you? This is coming from a former peace officer who certainly understands much of what has happened here.”
Glenn from San Francisco writes:
“I want to know if the main perp in this case was a guest in the home of the people who hosted the party? If so, I think that the parents and their daughter have some explaining to do! I also wonder if the police official understands that an investigation should have included photos from the night of the incident. I am embarrassed that the mayor did not comment and agree that it is just another black eye for the city and it's PD!!!! More great reporting by the I-TEAM.... and so long to Annemarie Conroy...at least for now.”
The suspects in this case were not invited guests; they apparently came to the party with people who were invited. We were also surprised that Mayor Newsom chose not to comment. At San Francisco City Hall Monday afternoon, we followed him from the stage at Jerry Brown’s swearing in ceremony as Attorney General and through the crowd. Newsom ignored us until I walked into an elevator with him. Newsom then said he had no idea what I was talking about; I pointed out that his senior advisor, Mike Farrah, knows about this – he’s been dealing with the victims’ families. Still, no response from the mayor.
“Please keep this story alive. It is outrageous and sad that no arrests have been made and that so little coverage is happening. Regardless of the sexuality of the victims, that hate and mentality behind this crime is a threat to all citizens. Hold the SFPD accountable. Thanks Dan!”
We will be following up on this story soon. Also, the Yale Daily News ran an article on the incident today. Barbara from San Francisco writes:
“Thank you for finally getting these details on the air. Please continue to follow this story. As a San Franciscan and a mom of an alum from the Yale Baker's Dozen, I was shocked at this attack and bewildered by the lack of follow up by the SFPD! I couldn't believe that it wasn't on the news the day after it occurred. How could this happen in our City?”
That’s our mission – to uncover important stories you haven’t seen anywhere else. Finally, Andrew from Atlanta writes:
“As a gay man who has also been a victim of a hate crime, I beg you to keep this story alive. Do not let these bastards get away with this. Please!”