SFPD Arrests 7 in German Tourist's Killing - Too Little Too Late?
In one of the most shocking and sad crimes to hit San Francisco in recent memory, a German tourist, on vacation with her husband, was shot by a stray bullet - caught in the crossfire of a gang shoot out. After many months, the San Francisco Police Department finally arrested 7 suspects - detailed in this Examiner article.
Outside of the major crime areas of the City, San Francisco is a relatively safe big city. But the gang violence seems to get out of control from time to time. Just last month, we saw an uptick in gang violence in the Mission. While it's great news that these 7 suspects were finally arrested, it seems to be a case of "too little too late."
The SFPD is undoubtedly spread too thin. But when the threat of violence moves out of the crime ridden neighborhoods into Union Square where innocence tourist bystanders are killed, the effect could be disastrous for San Francisco. If tourists have the impression that they run the risk of being caught in the crossfire, they may chose to visit other parts of the state or country. With tourism such an important part of San Francisco's economy, that's a risk we cannot take.
The arrests of these suspects should send a message that the SFPD isn't taking this volence lightly - but it should also be a message to SFPD that more must be done to combat violence between gangs and to prevent that violence from spilling over to innocent tourists and San Franciscans alike.