San Francisco & Oakland
Documenting the Impact of Homeless Addicts and the Severely Mentally Ill on the Community
Stephen Miller, a homeless man, grabbed a full can of soda from the cooler of a group of women having a picnic lunch with their daughters at the beach. He threw the can at one mother’s face, knocking her out and causing her to be hospitalized with a serious eye injury and a broken nose.
Brendan Greene, a homeless man, was unconscious at the main branch of the San Francisco library. A library security guard approached to revive him with NARCAN, when Greene’s pitbull attacked the guard. The guard sustained multiple life-changing injuries requiring multiple surgeries, including his right quadriceps muscle completely torn from the knee and a rotator cuff tear requiring a total shoulder replacement.
Sidney Hammond, a homeless man, repeatedly punched a 36-year-old man walking with his one-year-old daughter, continuing the beating until police restrained him. The previous day, Hammond had punched a 61-year-old man walking down the sidewalk, causing him to fall and sustain head injuries. A month earlier, Hammond attacked a clerk at a nearby grocery store.
Beating & Stabbing
Jorge Devis-Milton, a homeless man, repeatedly punched a 59-year-old man walking down the sidewalk with his lunch causing him to fall to the ground and lose consciousness. 30 minutes earlier, Devis-Milton had stabbed a 64-year-old man waiting for a bus in the face and knocked him to ground. The victim was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
According to the San Francisco Fire Department, there were 457 homeless encampment fires in 2019, more than 700 in 2020, and more than 700 in 2021. Some neighborhoods suffer homelessness-related fires on a weekly basis.