SFPD reaches out to Hunter’s Point

Monday April 15, 2002

SAN FRANCISCO — After complaints of brutality, San Francisco police are reaching out to residents of Bayview-Hunters Point, a predominantly black neighborhood. 

Two dozen residents and 12 officers held hands recently in the Milton Meyer Recreation Center community room.Neighbors and police bowed their heads as one participant, 25-year-old security guard Tenisha Bishop, asked God for help. “There is pain here,” Bishop said. “There is hate here. Remove it now in the name of Jesus.” The neighborhood has endured many gang-related killings of young black males in the past two years, and hand-holding with police was likely a first.