The Badge — S.F. gang cop prefers talking to applying handcuffs
The relationship between the media and law enforcement is often adversarial. Reporters appear to seek the sensational elements of a crime story, often to the detriment of the police, and officers tend to be uncooperative with journalists they seem to instinctively mistrust.
By John Koopman
The San Francisco Chronicle
SAN FRANCISCO — It's early evening in San Francisco's Mission District, and a young man in a ponytail is walking quickly down a dark street. An unmarked police car rolls past, and the driver says out the window, "Hold up."
The young man is walking away from a group of known gang members. He's on probation for a grand-theft charge. The cops, Officer Mario Molina and his partner, Sgt. Dion McDonnell, swing their unmarked car around and park it at the street corner.
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