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Published on April 12, 2024
South San Francisco Man Charged for Disturbing Peace Rally with Violence and Hate SpeechSource: Google Street View

Tensions boiled over in South San Francisco earlier this week as an assembly calling for peace in Gaza was disrupted by violence and vitriol. During the peaceful gathering, a local man, 57, took it upon himself to interject with threats and physical aggression. Witnesses recounted the disturbing scene on the corner of El Camino Real and Chestnut Avenue at about 6:01 PM this past Monday.

The assailant, yet to be named but confirmed as a South San Francisco resident, accosted a participant, hurling threats laced with hate. His outburst did not stop at words as several assembly attendees suffered minor injuries as the situation escalated into battery. This outbreak of animosity cuts against the notion of the event, which was a call for ceasefire and peace, far removed from the aggression displayed on that street corner.

Responding swiftly, the South San Francisco Police Department apprehended the individual, charging him with battery, threats, and hate speech. According to the department's report, he was booked into the San Mateo County Jail immediately. The authorities have since been wading through the aftermath, urging anyone with information or video evidence to step forward. They can reach out to Sergeant Sariotti at 650-877-8900 or the designated email, [email protected], as per the statement from the South San Francisco Police Department.