Thursday, August 27, 2009
The Banshee and the Motorcycle Cop
There were piercing female shrieks from the front of the San Francisco Unified School District headquarters at McAllister and Franklin on Thursday afternoon, drawing security guards to what looked like a bad breakup between two young street people.
Individual words were difficult to make out since the banshee quality of the screaming didn't involve clear diction.
The guy let himself be yelled at for a couple more minutes after they had crossed Franklin Street, and then he wandered off with his shopping cart full of belongings.
This initiated another round of screams and invective and operatic overacting by the girl who threw herself to the ground...
...just as a motorcycle cop drove by, stopping behind traffic directly across the street from her.
Did the policeman do a damned thing while this strange woman was screaming bloody murder, possibly checking to see if she was okay? Of course not. He gave a quick glance and drove merrily on his way. This is the San Francisco Police Department we're talking about, whose laziness and lack of caring has now reached legendary proportions. I wish our new police chief Mr. Gascon all the luck in the world because he's got a very long road ahead of him.