The city of San Francisco was enthralled last week when Batkid came to town. The Make-A-Wish Foundation made young Miles Scott’s dream of becoming a superhero come true and more than 13,000 people turned out to cheer him on. But one of those people didn’t make it home.
D’Paris “DJ” Williams, 20, had just left the Batkid festivities and was returning to his home in the city’s Valencia Gardens apartment in San Francisco’s Mission District. Williams had just ridden his bike up to his front door when he got into an altercation with a group of plainclothes police officers who were reportedly talking to him for riding his bike on the sidewalk. Photographer Travis Jensen, who witnessed the incident, told Uptown Almanac that as Williams tried to enter his home with his sister standing in the doorway with a newborn baby, officers grabbed him from behind. After searching him, officers uncovered a cupcake and juice that Williams had just purchased from a corner store and began to beat him.
Williams was then taken to a local jail. In the above video, he is seen bloody and screaming as he’s led away to a police cruiser. Meanwhile, angry neighbors who witnessed the incident were then targeted by police officers. In total four people were arrested, including, according to Uptown Almanac, an elderly HIV-positive man whose medical complications require him to use a cane that police determined was a “deadly weapon.”
Here’s another video from a different witness that shows bystanders being arrested by police:
KTVU is reporting that the District Attorney has dropped charges against Williams and another man who was arrested at the scene. A protest later followed on Tuesday at 5pm PST outside of the Mission District police station.
The SFPD later released the following statement, telling their side of the story:
At approximately 3:41 PM Friday, officers from the Violence Reduction Team, working a plainclothes assignment, attempted to stop a bicyclist in the area of Maxwell and Rosa Parks for a California vehicle code infraction. The suspect fled from the officers after they identified themselves as police. The suspect attempted to flee into a residence. The officers confronted the suspect near the doorway and requested additional units for assistance. The suspect failed to comply with lawful orders from the officers and continued to resist the officers. Reasonable force was used by the officers to effect the arrest. During this incident, multiple subjects came from the rear of the residence and formed a hostile crowd around the officers. One subject attempted to strike an officer with a cane while another suspect bit an officer. Two officers suffered non-life threatening injuries. In total, 4 suspects were arrested. 2 felony and 1 misdemeanor arrests resulted in bookings. One misdemeanor arrest resulted in a cite.
Earlier this month, when the weather hit 9˚C to 12 ˚C, Angela and her 7-year old son went out to blow bubbles and take photos of the bubbles made from dish soap, karo syrup, and water. The bubbles would crystallize as soon as they floated in the air, making some of them come crashing to the ground and shattering on impact. The ones that survived the fall provided beautiful and awe-inspiring shots for the photographer.