A new video showing the aftermath of an incident in which an elderly Asian man collecting cans in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood and then being assaulted and humiliated has emerged online.
The Instagram video, which was originally shared by @BayAreaFoodz and reposted by Asian entertainment page @Jackfroot, shows men in uniform trying to de-escalate the situation. One man can also be seen pulling trash bags full of cans that the elderly Asian man had collected.
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⚠️PLEASE NOTE⚠️- The text displayed in the video is inaccurate and posted before the men in uniform were confirmed. The men in uniform are employees of a full service armed security company called ‘Critical Intervention Patrol’. They provide private security services for the bayview/hunters point area of SF. @criticalinterventionpatrol @criticalintvnpatrol1 . . People were confusing the men in uniform as SFPD but they’re security for the area and was around when the incident occurred… We aren’t sure why they let the man or group of black males that harassed, humiliated and attacked the helpless Asian man with a weapon walk away with his cans though. . . They should have called the cops to step in. Lots of questions are being raised at the moment. 🤔 . This elderly Asian man is out here trying to do what he can to survive and they just kicked him away like that. Stand by to hear more on this story… . . It’s just still shocking that these black males are going around screaming they hate Asians on social media. We are out here trying to push diversity forward and they’re just bringing us 10 steps back. 🤦🏻♂️🤦🏻♂️🤦🏻♂️ Right now, we all just want to help the man that suffered from this incident. 🙏🏻🙏🏻 . . . #bayarea #sanfrancisco #bayareafoodz @bayareafoodz #asiansneverdie
User @jackfroot has since updated the caption to clarify that the uniformed men were not officers of the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD), as many had believed, and instead were employees of a full-service armed security company called Critical Intervention Patrol (CIP).
While the private security company is headquartered in Napa Valley, California, it provides services for the Bayview and Hunters Point area of San Francisco.
According to CIP’s mission statement, the organization is “dedicated to integrity, customer service, the rights of individuals who are constantly changing private communities.”
SFPD has commented on the Instagram video, thanking everyone for bringing it to their attention.
“Upon initial glance it does not appear the individuals in uniform represent that of our agency,” the police department wrote. “A caption posted with the video would identify these individuals as security guards for the area.”
SFPD further stated, via @AsiansNeverDie:
“We understand a video has surfaced last night depicting two uniformed individuals. These individuals are part of a fully license armed private company — they are NOT affiliated with SFPD. Our investigators are looking into the video for appropriate follow-up.”
please share this with your friends & family. this is so low, the older man was just trying to make ends meet for his family. he didn’t deserve this. this is ignorant, inhumane, & sickening. i’m praying for this man and his family. if you have any information, please reach out. pic.twitter.com/545xHFwPm4
— nikc (@nicholaaasli) February 24, 2020
A Bay Area resident and Instagram user, who goes by the name Cheri and has more than 300,000 followers, claims she has sources close to the investigation saying the uniformed men in the video were part of a high-end private security company.
“SFPD has commented, and I’ve also confirmed with sources close to the case, as well as sources in touch with reporters covering this news for the Bay Area,” she commented.
NextShark has reached out to the Critical Intervention Patrol and will update this post once we hear back.
This story has been updated to include a statement from the San Francisco Patrol Special Police, which is authorized in San Francisco’s City Charter but not part of the SFPD.