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Police Respond to Videotaped S.F. Pride Violence

Police Respond to Videotaped S.F. Pride Violence

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A spokeswoman for the San Francisco Police Department has responded to video footage that turned up online showing officers beating and then arresting several people during the city's gay pride festival.

Click here to watch the footage.


"It's an ongoing investigation, but use of force...it's why we try to talk to people, but when we have no other option, use of force is required, unfortunately,' S.F. Police spokeswoman Lt. Lyn Tomioka said. "But to the public, it never looks pretty. The officers gave commands, which were ignored. When an officer gives an order to move or to stop, those are orders, and they need to be complied with.'"

The video footage is the latest report of violence from this year's pride. Three people were wounded in a shooting last weekend at the Pink Saturday festivities in The Castro.

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