District Attorney Gascón Calls for Peaceful Celebrations this Superbowl Sunday

February 1, 2013

CONTACT: Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167

Violence and Vandalism will be not be Tolerated

ADA Alex Bastian, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1931

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón called on 49ers fans to celebrate peacefully this Superbowl Sunday to avoid the vandalism and destruction that occurred when the San Francisco Giants clinched the World Series last October.

“Superbowl Sunday is an exciting day for our city and cause for celebration,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “We are a city that takes pride in our home teams and in our neighborhoods – so we implore upon Niners fans to treat our city with dignity and respect. We will not tolerate the types of property destruction and violence that took place during the World Series.”

Niners fans are encouraged to celebrate responsibly or face serious consequences. The District Attorney referred to defendants his office prosecuted for crimes that occurred the night the San Francisco Giants won the World Series. The District Attorney’s Office charged 14 cases including assault on a police officer, negligent discharge on a firearm, robbery, resisting arrest, battery and arson. A majority of defendants face felony charges and serious consequences. Maximum exposure for defendants ranges from 25 years to life in prison for defendants where the charge is a third strike, 3 years in county jail, 3 years probation and 150 to 200 hours in community service.

“One night of mayhem could have consequences that will follow you the rest of your life,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “Wear your red and gold with pride and show that San Francisco is a world class city with world class sports fans.”