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Castro hate crimes defendant will face trial

Castro hate crimes defendant will face trial

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jun 21, 2023

A man who pleaded not guilty to Castro-area hate crimes will continue to be held without bail as he awaits his trial, a judge ordered after a preliminary hearing.

Man pleads not guilty to hate crimes charges following Castro incident

Man pleads not guilty to hate crimes charges following Castro incident

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jun 7, 2023

A man who pleaded not guilty to Castro-area hate crimes made a statement during his arraignment at San Francisco Superior Court Wednesday, explaining that "what the LGBT community is doing to kids is disrespectful to everyone who stands for God."

Trial in killing of gay photographer ends in hung jury

Trial in killing of gay photographer ends in hung jury

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jun 7, 2023

The partner and sister of a gay photographer killed during a 2017 robbery are stunned after a recent San Francisco criminal trial of the accused killers ended with a hung jury.

CA AG Bonta to investigate Jenkins' Banko Brown decision

CA AG Bonta to investigate Jenkins' Banko Brown decision

  • by John Ferrannini
  • May 24, 2023

California Attorney General Rob Bonta will be investigating whether San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins made the right call in opting not to prosecute the killer of Banko Brown.

SF still reeling from Brown killing

SF still reeling from Brown killing

  • by John Ferrannini
  • May 17, 2023

The Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club helad an emotional meeting on the recent killing of Banko Brown and the Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on a resolution asking the federal and state justice departments to investigate the case.

Video release in Banko Brown killing by DA Jenkins doesn't quell controversy

Video release in Banko Brown killing by DA Jenkins doesn't quell controversy

  • by John Ferrannini
  • May 15, 2023

The attorney for the family of Banko Brown says the security camera video released by San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins doesn't show that the killing of the unarmed 24-year-old outside a San Francisco Walgreens last month was justified.

Guerneville beating victim decries sheriff, medical responses

Guerneville beating victim decries sheriff, medical responses

  • by John Ferrannini
  • May 10, 2023

What began as an Easter weekend getaway ended as a traumatizing, unsolved battery at a widely-known gay resort in the North Bay.

SF DA defends dropping charge against alleged killer of transgender activist Banko Brown

SF DA defends dropping charge against alleged killer of transgender activist Banko Brown

  • by John Ferrannini
  • May 4, 2023

San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins told the Bay Area Reporter the community should trust her decision not to charge the person implicated in the killing of Banko Brown.

Gunned down SF Black trans activist remembered at vigil

Gunned down SF Black trans activist remembered at vigil

  • by John Ferrannini
  • May 1, 2023

The pain of a community mourning a young Black trans man who was gunned down outside of a San Francisco Walgreens made itself known Monday — with a hundred people showing up at a vigil to remember him.

Gay man recovering after Union Square-area shooting, robbery

Gay man recovering after Union Square-area shooting, robbery

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Apr 25, 2023

A gay man who was shot and robbed near his San Francisco apartment is out of the hospital and doing better.

Castro LGBTQ bar closed early Saturday morning after bomb threat

Castro LGBTQ bar closed early Saturday morning after bomb threat

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Apr 22, 2023

The bar 440 Castro, located at the same address in San Francisco's LGBTQ neighborhood, had to close early Saturday due to a bomb threat, the San Francisco Police Department confirmed to the Bay Area Reporter.

Gay Santa Clara councilmember Becker indicted over leaked 49ers report

Gay Santa Clara councilmember Becker indicted over leaked 49ers report

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 14, 2023

Gay Santa Clara City Councilmember Anthony Becker is facing one felony charge stemming from his role in leaking a report about the dealings between the South Bay city's leaders and the San Francisco 49ers football team.

Defense attorney says defendant didn't know Marsh

Defense attorney says defendant didn't know Marsh

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Apr 13, 2023

The attorney defending the UC Berkeley employee charged in the killing a gay Black man in Oakland last month said that as far as he knows, the two did not know each other.

UC Berkeley employee pleads not guilty in Marsh killing

UC Berkeley employee pleads not guilty in Marsh killing

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Apr 5, 2023

A UC Berkeley employee charged in the stabbing death of a Black gay Oakland man pleaded not guilty in an Alameda County courtroom Wednesday — but his attorney is requesting documentation from the district attorney's office to explain the charges.