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Sunday, 20 July 2008

Gay man rescued, then killed by harbor police during SD Pride Event

I didn't make this event guys, but I did get a phone call from a friend who was on the cruise & told me all about it. Here's the story from the local paper.

By Mike Freeman
July 20, 2008

SEAN WOLFE for SignonSanDiego
An injured Harbor Police officer is taken to the hospital after a violent confrontation following a rescue.
San Diego Harbor Police fatally shot a man late Saturday after he began fighting with officers who had just rescued him from the water.
Harbor Police responded to a call from a boat chartered for a gay pride cruise about a man overboard about 11:50 p.m., said Harbor Police Sgt. David Fouser. A police boat found the man in the water about 500 feet south of the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station on Harbor Drive across from Lindbergh Field.

The man was identified by the Medical Examiner's Office as 37-year-old Steven Paul Hirschfield. He boarded the boat and began fighting with two officers, Harbor Police said. He knocked one officer to the deck, took the officer's Taser stun gun and began beating him in the face with it.

Hirschfield then tried to get the injured officer's gun. As he struggled to “get control” of the gun, the second officer shot the man once in the chest, Harbor Police said.
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Matt said...

OMG, why do people have to take something so beautiful, like Gay Pride, and turn it into something so ugly. Things like this just set back the cause and perpetuate gay sterotypes. If I were not so angry I would probably cry.

Thanks for posting the article, guys. It should serve as an example to everyone who reads it.

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