So whether or not this is a result of Supervisor Bevan Dufty's oversight hearing or a very auspicious coincidence, Streetsblog San Francisco reader Megan Allison (who runs several good blogs, including goodurb.com) sends us this photo of a cop and his K-9 companion on Muni. Unlike jackalope and Sasquatch sightings, we're pretty sure this is an authentic member of the SFPD and his trusty German Shepherd.
Too bad he wasn't on the 71 when my friend was assaulted and robbed a few months ago, in broad daylight. From the police report:
On Saturday, January 24, police arrested Humphrey Garrett, 27, no local address, in a brutal assault and robbery that occurred on a No. 71 Muni bus at approximately 1:45 P.M. The victim, a 26-year-old San Francisco woman, had boarded the bus at Market and Powell streets and was talking on her cell phone at the rear of the bus when the male suspect walked up to her, punched her in the face, grabbed her phone, and punched her again. Another Muni rider, a woman, taking advantage of the situation, attempted to take the victim’s purse, but the victim held on and the woman fled off the bus.
Stories like the above are unfortunately too common, though maybe this new attention from the SFPD will help.