List of events in the history of the San Francisco Police Department

List Of Events In The History Of The San Francisco Police Department

List of events in the history of the San Francisco Police Department

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The following is a list of events in the history of the San Francisco Police Department.



  • January 1866: Author Mark Twain blasts the SFPD and Chief Martin Burke for corruption in a series of letters to the editor, including one to the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise, now lost but parts of which were reprinted elsewhere, published January 23, 1866




  • 1877: The "July Days" rioting of 1877 that broke out as an indirect result of an earlier demonstration in solidarity with striking miners in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where at least forty strikers had been killed by state militia. City fathers established a committee of safety to supplement the police force, handing out axe handles that gave the group the moniker, the "pick-handle" brigade.




  • November, 1886: Police defend old Jail on Broadway in North Beach from vigilantes bent on lynching prisoners


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