San Francisco police refer Baker's Dozen case
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By Emmett Berg, Bay City News
February 17, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Police investigators have conferred
to prosecutors their final investigation of alleged assaults that
followed a Yale choral group's rendition of "Star Spangled
Banner" in the Richmond District on New Year's Day.
A representative of District Attorney Kamala Harris said on Friday
that the San Francisco Police Department has completed its investigation
into the alleged assault and aftermath.
One member of the Baker's Dozen singing club had his jaw broken
in two places, and another was concussed and given two black eyes
by assailants kicking him as he lay on the ground.
But defense attorneys for five youths implicated in the assaults
reportedly will argue it was mutual combat by inebriated parties.
The district attorney offered no signal on when it could render
a decision on charges referred by police investigators in their
"We are reviewing their findings and analyzing the evidence
to make a charging decision," spokeswoman Debbie Mesloh reported
in a written statement. "We will also be meeting with the
SFPD to discuss their final investigative findings."
Police first got calls at 12:43 a.m. about the fight in the 100
block of 15th Avenue, San Francisco police Sgt. Neville Gittens
said. Those involved in fight had come from a party at a nearby
home, he said.
Members of the Baker's dozen approached officers responding to
the area and pointed at four others, saying they had been involved
in the fight, Gittens said.
Police detained the four but when they went to speak with the
first group, who had fingered the four apparent suspects, they
had all left, he said.
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