Beloved Cyclist "Chuey" Munkanta Beaten Unconscious and Arrested By Police

Kachusha “Chuey” Munkanta is one of the most beloved figures in the San Francisco cycling community.  He's known internationally for his hand-made cycling caps, made and sold right here in the Mission.  And everyone, from MASH to PD Bird, know him to be a “peaceful” and “non-violent” person.  He even delivers coffee, by bike, for De La Paz Coffee Roasters—a company undeniably of peace.

So it's with great shock and disgust that we learn of his arrest and police beating while trying to monitor SFPD's treatment of Latinos.  A close friend of his forwarded along his story:

Thursday night/ Friday morning Chuey stopped on the side of the street in the Mission when he saw the cops having 4 Latinos lined up against a gate. He stopped to make sure the youth were being fairly treated.

The cops then asked him to cross the street, when Chuey said he couldn't observe from across the street. They (2-3 cops) jumped him as he was hugging his bike. They wrestled him to the ground then continued to push him into the ground, twisting his arm, slamming his head into the ground. He was in jail for almost 24 hours and released after his family paid bail. They charged him with 3 felonies for assaulting 3 cops with enough force to cause grave bodily harm and  2 misdemeanors for resisting arrest.

Chuey was released on $150,000 bail and arraigned yesterday afternoon at the Superior Court of California, where he was issued a public defender.  Chuey is also faced with steep medical costs after having to visit the ER for his injuries, where doctors advised him to have a cat scan.

Currently, there is no fundraiser planned to aid in his defense, but friends are encouraging people to purchase his caps, helping support him financially in any way possible.  You can get his caps online at Mission Bicycle or MASH (who will donate all proceeds to his defense), or in person at Box Dog Bikes or Pushbike.

Update: Roaring Mouse Cycles are also donating their cut of Chuey caps to his legal aid. All Hail the Black Market is also donating proceeds from certain t-shirt sales.

Update II: Because people are questioning the accuracy and “bias” of this post, we feel we must remind readers that SFPD does not comment on “ongoing investigations.”

Update III: Stevil writes in letting us know that friends have begun raising money to aid in his defense on Indiegogo.

Comments (162)

This is disgusting. Anyone who knows this man should be outraged. This could and might happen to anyone of us and should concern this community tremendously . #FreeChuey Police want and need our help to fight crime,but also have an obligation to be held accountable for all the actions while serving the public at large. Cop Watching is for the safety of the public AS WELL AS FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR POLICE OFFICERS. To attack an upstanding citizen of this city for simply making sure that everyone was being held accountable is ridiculous. Please take time to contact your local supervisor,the media and even the police to voice your concerns over this matter.

true… sadly many ppl who join the cop force have pre existing control and anger issues, hence why they chose that line of work… there fore its nearly inevitable that such incident will happen … its sad .. beyond sad it is shameful that the ppl who are there to protect us in times of nee are this stupid, angry, and plain nasty to us the population … :(

That’s a completely unfair generalization. I have friend s who have been police officers and they firmly believe in representing the principles of justice and order for everyone, equally. They are as frustrated as you and I over those who sully the reputations of all officers through ignorant generalizations like yours. Statements like yours are part of the problem, not the solution.

No. People who criticize others for fairly said statements do not have the right to say it is wrong because they disagree with the message. You know good police officers, good on you mate. Your guys dislike the bad cops, good on them… but oh, wait. your police friends support the statement you criticize. There are sadly bad(many) cops. why is it not the solution? Since when is the truth not part of the solution?

That’s a completely unfair generalization. I have friend s who have been police officers and they firmly believe in representing the principles of justice and order for everyone, equally. They are as frustrated as you and I over those who sully the reputations of all officers through ignorant generalizations like yours. Statements like yours are part of the problem, not the solution.

I want a cap that says “Fuck the Police”

That would be brilliant.

You can purchase FTP (Film The Police) caps from the Peaceful Streets Project in Austin TX, I believe.

Please buy Chuey’s caps. That is how you support him during this time. Buying a cap from someone else with a “Fuck the Police” logo does not support him. It is very easy to stencil on your own message or sew a patch onto it.

This is inexcusable and something must be done. Very sad to hear about this brutality.

Horrible. A truly peaceful man. Got a bunch o’ Chuey caps here at Roaring Mouse if anyone looking to buy some to support Chuey. Will wave my cut of the caps, and make sure ALL proceeds go to Chuey.

Chris at Roaring Mouse Cycles. 934 Mason Street, in the Presidio.

A peaceful man who assaults the police. Please fuck off until the whole story come out.

It’s common for the police to charge people with assault after kicking their ass. It’s the best way to avoid getting sued. If you knew anything about Chuey (or knew what you were talking about in general) you would understand that this IS the full story, and a true friend of SF and Bay Area cyclists needs help.

So please fuck off and take your negative bullshit elsewhere, we’re trying to look after our own around here, and obviously you’re not one of us.

I don’t need to know anything about this Chuey guy. It’s called common sense. Get your head out of your ass and think. Your just one of the retarded lemmings. The truth is that you have no idea what happened but instead of being a rational human being you rush to judgement like the fucking jackass you are.

Why the venom for an “on-going” investigation? do you know more about the situation? Fact is, most people in the cycling community who are “in-the-know” in teh Bay Area know who Chuey is and what he is about. I can attest to his character, and i’ll also admit i don’t know the facts. i do know that Chuey is not a violent type, and has always had a cool head on his shoulders and has ALWAYS given a ton of love (and gratis Hats) to the community and events and charitable foundations.

I was researching the name Kanta when the article on “Kachusha Munkanta”, a Zambian name, came up. Very sad that the platitudes of American freedom hide the fact of intense and frequent police intimidation that, unfortunately, seems to have the backing of the political establishment. The police demand total obedience. It makes for a cowed citizenry when even the slightest sign of lack of compliance can cause one to be beaten up and prosecuted. By the way, “ongoing investigation,” for anyone with any critical civic sense, is simply a euphemism for “Keep hoping; we have moved on.”

@repn415 - Common sense (and paying a little attention to the news) should tell you that not every police officer on the force is honest, and not every police officer refrains from unwarranted brutality. Spend some time around actual cases and you’ll see charges like this dismissed due to evidence, with zero consequences for the lying, beating officers.

No amount of profanity and spewing personal attacks from an anonymous user ID can change these well-documented facts. Only looking at it directly and honestly will.

(3) cops and a black man with a bike (3) cops and 3 latino kids . why this dont sound good already ?

wow you are some kinda PD shill fuck. Bootlickers like you will be dealt with after the revolution.

“Your just one of the retarded lemmings.” Where to start? Are you related to Ann Coulter somehow? Also, the whole “your/you’re” thing? Most people get that figured out in elementary school.

Common sense dictates that no sane person would attack three cops and expect to get out alive or well. The minute I read the charges, it sounded like bullshit and I don’t know the guy, so I am no lemming or biased friend (though I do believe that friends can certainly attest to someone’s character). The purpose of this post is to try and raise money for him, his bills and perhaps a better defense, not to determine right or wrong; a court will do that. People are entitled to spend their money how they will. We don’t have to hear the “full story” to decide wether or not we want to support him, since we may never know the full story (this is most likely going to turn into a he said/they said), and the best way to get to the truth is with a proper defense.

Are you being serious? Two pithy paragraphs of pure hearsay, posted anonymously on a cyclist blog, constitutes “the full story”? You can’t possibly be this stupid.

You make a statement arguing his guilt and then tell everyone, including people who know him personally, to wait until the whole story comes out. I imagine you to be an insufferable dolt in person.

Please don’t tell us to fuck off. You want to have a cup of coffee and talk about it, do you need a hug?

I here the SFPD needs more right thinking police recruits… you just might be their guy.

this sucks! chuey is a chill dude. he custom-made/donated caps for our cycling team when we did AIDS/Lifecycle. I hope a benefit gets organized, i will support!

This is awesome, Stevil!

Picked two up… I have been wanting one for awhile and I’m bummed this is what pushed into action…

I am concerned too. While there is some gang activity in the perimeter of the mission, simply being Latino does not automatically make a person a gang banger. I think the cops automatically assume. Kudos to Chuey for caring. It is inexcusable for punks on a power trip to be wearing a badge, which is what this looks like to me. I hope he recovers and that he is undaunted in his quest to do the right thing for those who need an assist.

Cops in SF have a hard enough job without every self proclaimed “freedom fighter” stopping and interjecting into their business. I feel for the guy in question cause it sounds like he had good intentions, but…. do what the cops say. In this case cross the fucking street. It may seem like they are being X or Y., but there job is the absolute hardest possibly in country, lacking any perspective are the people discussing it right now. Everyone hates copes until you need one, and its possible that someone needed one at the moment of this interaction. They are not robots, they are people , expected to act like rigid sentinels. They are not supported by the community, the city, and expected to essentially control a wandering mob of homeless and mentally ill, all while being completely debased financially. Just get a grip on reality.

Thanks for speaking up for the “pro-beating the shit out of an innocent observer” camp.

Need more of the story on this one.

Was Chuey just observing and maybe asking the officers why they had the individuals lined up and such? Was he somehow trying to release the individuals lined up? What was the catalyst for the police to use that much force on a person who was just observing? Was he trying to film the officers in the act and they didn’t like that? Did they think Chuey was armed and going for a gun when he might have been reaching for a camera phone? Were threats being made to either side? I’m sure the police have to assume the worst in most situations and having a civilian not comply with what seems to be a reasonable instruction might throw up some red flags to the officers.

This definitely needs more details. Right now it smells extremely fishy…


Seriously, beating a man because they don’t “like” him exercising his legal right to film an officer on duty? Are you out of your mind?

The article says he was hugging his bicycle when they beat him. I guess that could be mistaken for reaching for a gun???

The Article????? you’re a moron. This is not an article. This is one side of a story. Shut your stupid trap until we hear the ENTIRE story.

Nah not saying anything is justified on either side. I was just asking questions and bringing up scenarios that could have possibly happened which lead to Chuey’s situation. As of now we only have the following:

Chuey rolled up when officers had some Latinos lined up (probably searching them)
He stopped to observe the police
He was told to observe across the street
He was arrested
He was injured during the arrest and the ER suggested he get a CT scan
He was charged with 3 felonies for assaulting 3 cops with enough force to cause grave bodily harm and 2 misdemeanors for resisting arrest
He was released from jail on $150k bail

I find it funny that you ask if he was trying to film the officers in the act and they didn’t like it. I’m not sure what you’re getting at here as filming officers in public is completely legal in SF. You have to be actively interfering with their ability to do their job for them to be able to stop you.…

Then again they could probably trump up an excuse to show that filming was interfering with their ability to do their job.

On the subject of “fishyness”- of course it sounds fishy without the full details. It _should_ sound fishy to anybody with half a brain because people (police included) don’t _usually_ result to such extreme measures when dealing with bystanders. Something bad happened and we don’t know the full story. The more responsible thing to do would have been to just say it sounds fishy and leave it at that. Your addition of so many potential excuses results in a potentially good point border on the edge of victim bashing.

more like “piglover”!

Cop hater? You get caught doing something and can’t take responsibility for it?

this is rhetorical, right? because it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. & i’m going to give my benefit of the doubt to a known peace-luvvin’ dude over the police every time.

I agree with you on most every point you make, but what I have a problem with is how they treated the individual. The treatment of this man by the police seems over the top, if events happened as related in this article.

Yes there is more to this story

Actually taxi drivers, fisherman, loggers and steel workers all have more dangerous jobs than cops. Don’t believe the hype and definitely don’t defend state oppression in the form of police brutality. You may (wrongly) justify it when it’s youth of color being beat down, but when they come for you when you’re defending your rights you might not be singing the same tune. Only this time you’ll be all alone.

Thank you for pointing this out. So many people just blindly believe this hype that cops do the “most dangerous” job out there. And police unions are more than happy to reinforce this myth.

My job is hard, but when people don’t do what I ask them to, I don’t beat them up. If you can’t do a difficult job without becoming physically violent, you need to find a job better suited to your temperament.


May I suggest you get a “grip on reality” by learning the difference between “there” and “their” and also “its” and “it’s”? Also, the SFPD are not being “debased” financially. Til then, keep lovin’ those dongs buddy!


97% of Angelenos will not call the police because police turn the problem back on them just so they don’t have to do there job.

@DonGlover You sound like a reasonable enough person based upon what I’ve read of your comment. You say: “Cops in SF have a hard enough job without every self proclaimed “freedom fighter” stopping and interjecting into their business. It may be Police business but in America every citizen has the right to witness police do their job without the threat of physical harm or the lies that go something like this…

On such and such day at 1500 hours Male/female subject was asked by this writer several times to step away from the affected area upon his refusal to vacate immediate area he/she was charged with Obstruction of Justice, said subject failed to comply and was subsequently restrained and subdued before being taken into custody. Lies Lies Lies!! Use Your Cameras and continue to expose The Police and perhaps we the people will get mad as hell and not take it any more.

When do we need a cop? Seriously, If a robber brakes into my house do I call the police and wait 25 minutes or exercise my own 2nd amendment right and remove the perpetrator myself? Name one time a cop serves the public, all I ever see is them enforcing unconstitutional laws, or handing out tickets for revenue. For example Wells Fargo was busted in 2011 with 378.4 billion dollars worth of drug transactions with the Mexican Drug Cartel, You know how many people went to jail? NOT ONE PERSON, they also got caught with the planes and some of the drugs but most of the drugs had already been distributed across the USA. They were fined 150 million dollars less than .003% of what they made at not one single person/CEO spent a day in jail. Where are the Cops at kicking their asses or shooting them in the back? Do you know how many people have been shot by police over a frigging bag of weed? Or how many people have been beaten half to death over a bag of weed from police officers? Or How many US citizens are sitting in a PRIVATE run prison with share holders from other countries, for stupid trivial crimes? Cops do NOT have a hard job, they do NOT get enough conflict so they beat the living tar out of innocent citizens all the time and I could back that up literally with a million video’s or dropped charges for DUI’s and dropped charges for sexual assault, dropped charges on shoot unarmed citizens in the back in hand cuffs and the corrupt city courts always drop the charges or say it was justified. It is NOT uncommon knowledge that former VP Dick Cheney and many members of Congress invest their own money in the millions to Private prisons like the Van Guard group to profit off citizens in jail, Pretty obvious why so many innocent people are locked up, EVERYONE including Judges, Attorneys, Police are making money off of them.
Police serve the banking cartel and are enforcing The Patriot Act on undeserving, unarmed citizens with NO repercussions, Hell most officers know murder is a paid vacation that will end in an internal investigation. Damn that is like having my family and friends be the jury at my trial, kinda RETARDED HUH?
These video’s are becoming everyday occurrences and people are starting to get really pissed off, Are you so blind you don’t notice that the USA is on the brink of an all out civil war? Do you really think the actions of these police are justified? How about Kelly Thomas, or Milton Hall or the events in Anaheim? If 300 million people start to become civil unrest, think they will be a little vengeful? Do you have any idea how many raids there have been in 2012 at the wrong house and people are shot? or the family dog shot?
I guess police may have a hard time keeping track of the laws especially since 40,000 were established just in 2012, Do you realize 90% of police have NO idea what is written in the Constitution, Bill of Rights, or Deceleration of Independence? This is NOT and I speak LOUDLY “”NNOOTT”” NAZI GERMANY, just because an officers says do something does not mean it is lawful or even required. Maybe you should read the CONSTITUTION , Not everyone in America is brain-dead willing to lay down to tyranny, I live in a small town in the Midwest not a big city but I guarantee you if I saw an officer beating the living crap out of someone or tasering them over and over again I would have no second thoughts of drawing my gun on them, as a lawful citizen with the legal right to carry. An officer is NOT the Judge and Jury, his job is simple, arrest, that’s it.
Thesde video’s and posts like this are disgusting and down right PURE TREASON against the American people and it is past time to stand up against TYRANTS that abuse their power.
They do not deserve the name peace officers or police, they are all bad cops, even the ones that just shut their mouths to the misconduct of the bad ones because that is called Accessory, What is worse the 6 cops that beat Kelly Thomas to death that 3 of are back to work or the 7 that stood by and allowed MURDER to continue just watching?

Those cops have cracked and don’t belong in the shelter of distorted and manipulated information that protects their every heinous act. Don’t get that twisted. If you weren’t aware, the phrase “power corrupts” is very well situated here. Maybe you should go meet these cops when they’re in a bad mood and see what you have dealt to you with no cause. Or better yet… Buy a hat and Fuck Off!

As difficult as police officer’s jobs are, it doesn’t mean that they can act like thugs. The excuse that their job is difficult and that they get no support is the biggest cop out ever. When a concerned citizen stops to make sure that they aren’t abusing the suspects and gets a beat down, that’s not ok. So what if he didn’t follow the officers instructions to cross the street? Does that make it ok to be physically assaulted? When did it become against the law to hold officers accountable?

Cops are “debased financially”? Get real dude…

Okay, since this page isn’t set up the way it appears, to show under the post you select, my reply was specifically to d-lover.

There is more to this story. Why don’t you give the whole thing? Edited reporting is real bad…

yes, there was way more to this.

It’s really intriguing to me how deep the hatred for police runs in this town. Certainly it sounds unjustified and wrong what happened to Chuey. But ask yourself who or what it serves to reflexively indulge in slurs like “piglover”. Even terms like “disgusting” — when used to refer to people rather than their actions — reinforce demonization of the Other, and give a cheap rush of dubious solidarity to haters.

Can we honor the peace-loving way of Chuey by focussing more on concern and support for him, the Latino youths he was trying to serve, and the spirit of trying to make things better? If you must hate, I hope that it is a result of a real scar that you’ve endured, as opposed to something you appropriated from someone else, or some way of showing you care. And I hope it heals.

Peace, y’all.

Can you even hear us all the way up there on that high horse?

maybe if the original commenter’s handle wasn’t “dong lover”, i may have reflexively posted a different comment of my own.

Given the track record of American cops, I have no sympathy for people who end up in this situation. Some cops repeatedly demonstrate that they have little regard for the lives of others; riding up on your bicycle and informing the cops that you’re “monitoring” them, refusing their order to cross the street … that’s just asking for it. You fly too close, you get burned.

No sympathizing with what the cops did here, but also no sympathizing with the “victim”. It’s like walking up to a drug dealer and saying “I’m watching you to make sure you don’t rip off your customers”. What the fuck do you think is going to happen?

yep, the cops don’t like being challenged, duh. but some people still have the balls to do it. even if he just stood there silently & watched, i’m sure the cops would interpret that as challenging them.

Cops are as dangerous as drug dealers, yes that’s rather the point here.

Observing (and even recording) police activity in public is 100% legal in the state of California, as long as it doesn’t interfere with the cops doing their job…doesn’t matter what they say or threaten you with, that’s the law. Therefore, unless Chuey was trying to de-arrest four kids singlehandedly (which doesn’t sound like what he was trying to do) the cops fucked up….kind of like the time I got my ass kicked over something I should have simply been written a ticket for. No love here for the SFPD.

It shouldn’t surprise me when citizens defend police violence against other citizens, but it always does for some reason. I hope Chuey gets better.

This is a joke. I love how all these fools think Chuey guy did nothing wrong. They charged the guy with 3 felonies. Obviously he did something fairly serious. All the tards need to relax until we hear the other side of the story.

Did it ever cross your tiny mind that, just maybe, the police are lying to protect their own guilty asses? Yes, guilty people do that. So they charged him with a crime; this doesn’t prove he did anything illegal.

Did it every cross you tiny mind that Chuey is full of shit is and just trying to cover his guilty ass?? No, because you are a jackass who automatically assumes he did nothing wrong. Wait until the facts come out. More than likely both the cops and Chuey are to blame. Who stops to intervene with the cops while they are arresting people in the mission??? This guy is a moron.

No, you’re a moron. Police all around this country get violent against people looking out for their fellow citizens. Cops want to act like badasses, so they get rough with people, and when an innocent onlooker sees what’s going on, the cops give them a hard time. Most of the time, the onlooker will leave if told to because they’re afraid… but for someone with any bit of integrity, they stay to make sure that things are legit. You defending cops and their asinine behavior is fucking retarded.

Again, thanks for laughs. What asinine behavior am I defending??? Did you see the incident or just hear about it from your friend? Do you know 3 people have been killed in the mission in the last 8 days? Did you ever stop and think that maybe the cops are a bit on edge and not to be fucked with dealing with a potentially deadly situation?? Of course you didn’t because you’re a jackass.

Defend yourself all you want. I’m glad to see that you’re vastly in the minority, after looking through these comments.

Cloudnine I’m in NYC and I support you guys. The Police in SanFran are just as fucked up as the sick blackeyed NYPD who allow sickos to pass the psychological testing phase of their exams to become a gang member (PIG) (COP) only to learn more than a third of the Cops in NYPD are Racist Bigots from the outer boroughs of the City, and now we find out that one of their own is a kidnapper that eats women. The system of has FAILED and the people must fight and resist Police violence. It’s a gang mentality combined with a twist of racism and systemic failures. I know this to be true as i am a former member of service with this wretched department. Yes even I concur that right is right and wrong is wrong. I hope your friend is okay and may he and his family sue the shit out of the City of SanFrancisco

Look, asshole, let me walk you through this: Which seems more likely?
A lone black man jumoped up & decided to pick a fight with three armed police officers, OR
Three police officers took offense at someone filming them & decided to use illegal force to make him stop, then pinning a bum rap on him?
I mean seriously, you’re either completely biased or completely inexperienced. Which is it?

Most likely a mix of the both. I’m a rational human unlike you and most of the tools posting here. I bet you’re the type of guy who rides a bike with no seat… only post

I agree with your perspective, but calling people asshole on an internet blog (in the comments, no less) makes you appear childish and dilutes the message you are trying to convey.

Please imagine the police beating somebody you care about dearly without provocation–a brother or daughter or lover–and then perhaps you’ll regain enough temporary humanity to refrain from calling the people defending Chuey morons and full of shit.

I have done Copwatch in the Mission (why? because the cops illegally stop and harrass Latinos all the time) and the cops consistently threaten and insulted me for standing around even when 5-10 feet way, and even pushed me backwards onto the sidewalk (um, against the law–and unnecessary) when I refused to walk away. They are the ones acting illegally.

When the cops charge somebody beaten with multiple felony accounts, what you most clearly know is that they beat the shit out of that person and are covering their asses. I don’t mean to be mean, ren415, but get a clue, or own up to being a police-paid troll.

Doesn’t say he “stopped to intervene” Says he “stopped to observe”. “Intervene” and “observe” have two very different definitions. Observing from a safe distance is not a crime and it’s not interfering. Citizens have a right to observe.

As for waiting “until the facts come out”, you may as well say, “wait until an alternate version of the story I like” comes out because, not being present for the incident, you can never fully know what the facts are. It will always be, to some degree, a matter of whose version you choose to believe. The police report can fairly be questioned under bias; covering one’s own ass. Chuey’s version can fairly be questioned under the same bias.

Which is why I’ve actually done some research and I can’t find anything that disputes the notion that Chuey is a peaceful, law abiding citizen who decided it was appropriate to observe police conduct on behalf of fellow citizens. And I researched as if I wanted to find some dirt on him. Not because he’s black but, because he’s a bicyclist.

Generally speaking, I f’in’ hate bicyclists. Many of them seem to ignore the fact that the same laws they hold automobile drivers accountable to also apply to them. They run stop signs and mean mug me when they THINK I almost hit them, not realizing I knew they were going to run it and adjusted my speed accordingly. Many of them are self-righteous f’ing hypocrites who think they have MORE right to the road than I do, in my vehicle and, as class A, defensive driving trained prfessional driver, I am the last to come running to their defense.

I also have friends who are cops, good cops. They are cops who honor the badge. I hate seeing them stereotyped according to the conduct of bad cops.

That said, again, I looked for conflicting info on Chuey’s stated rep. Can’t find anything but, support for the notion he is an exemplary citizen. I’m afraid that supports the reported version of the story.

How’s that for using the old bean?

It is because of people like you that dictators in this world thrive: you are too eager to bend over in the face of authority.

The only time I got beat up by the cops I deserved it.

i bet every time you’ve been beaten up, you deserved it.

I have a real difficult time believing the Police needed to use this kind of force.

Then you’re a privileged fuckhead who’s never had to witness racist police brutality against yourself or your family. Go straight to hell.

Wait, what? He was saying that he thinks it is unnecessary use of force (re: Police Brutality) and you come out and give him a hard time and accuse him of being some sort of apologist for police brutality? How does that follow?

This is so unfair and disgusting. It infuriates me the way bad cops can get away with beaten anyone and people will also be fucked up and pay bails and medical costs.

How many caps do you have to sell to cover the 150grand bail plus medical expenses? Can someone set up a paypal to help him and his family, I happily donate some money.

Hang in the Chuey. Big love from London.

How do you know they are bad cops? Do you know them personally? Do they have families? Did you witness this incident with Chuey and the cops or are you like 90% of the idiots just listening to one side of the story and reacting like a child?

could you please try “repn” the 650? this city doesn’t need your representation.

bad cops can have families too!

I thought you said it doesn’t matter whether anyone knows Chuey OR the Cops? They have to be eyeball witness’ for it to make any difference right?

Repn415 you have got to be the biggest most immature TOOL that walks this planet… I bet your a dumbass cop too or wish you could be one but don’t have half a brain to make it… Stop insulting people. Innocent or guilty beating a guy unconscious is wrong. What if they did it to your homeboy for no reason? Then what would you say, cops are racist? Bla bla bla… Shut up already

HAHA nice one. Call me an immature tool and tell me to stop insulting people while in the same sentence being an immature tool and insulting me. Why is beating someone unconscious wrong? What if Chuey attacked the cops with a weapon? Why do you assume the cops beat him down for no reason? Did you witness this? I don’t have any homeboys who fuck with the police for no reason. I don’t hang out with losers like you and Chuey.

You’re an immature tool because you’re responding to every single person’s post doing nothing but defending the pigs. You keep asking people if they saw the incident… did you? No… now shut your cry hole.

Jeez, everyone. Let’s tone it down on the namecalling here… obviously lots of trolls coming out of the woodwork on this one. Just ignore them and let’s figure out how we can help Chuey out.

HAHA I love it. Calling me and immature tool while calling cops pigs. Tards like you make it easy. Thanks for all the laughs

I wouldn’t take the ridiculous pro-cop comments here too seriously- pretty sure there people from the PBA or just cops who take it upon themselves to troll police brutality related news stories and bully the commenters who are rightly upset about the bullshit cops pull on us and our loved ones every day. Violence is all they know.

That’s a good one. All the bulshit cops pull on us and our loved ones everyday???? OHH do tell all the horrible injustice you encounter everyday in SF. Do you need a tissue for all the tears???? Grow up you loser

You can tell a site has a wide audience and following when the bootlickers show up to slag people off.

Well done Kev.

Chuey is a victim here and he is about to be further victimized by the justice system unless we stand up and demand that these charges be dropped immediately.

anybody see the online petition for the homeless kid ( ehud halevi) in ny that the cops beat up for sleeping in a synagogue even though he had the rabbi’s permission? lucky for the kid there was a surveillance camera that captured the cop’s brutality & all charges were dropped, including the charge that he assaulted the police.


Cops lie and their violence here is inexcusable.

@Motowaki I can only say to the story of the kid at the synagogue who had permission by the Rabbi to be there sue the shit outta of NYC fire the Police Commissioner and the Mayor. The Police department (NYPD) has around 40,000 Cops and most of them are tremendous idiots. Other local law enforcement agencies refer to NYPD as the most unprofessional professionals in the business.

People please realize and understand NYPD has been militarized and given the green light to punch and pummel unarmed civilians with impunity. What other “Professionaal” Police agency opens fire in a densely populated space injuring nine bystanders. NYPD that’s who!. A Bunch of amateurs with a gang mentality. I speak these truths because I know firsthand. This agency has shown with great consistency how inept they are in dealing with relatively small issues without being sued and videoed to the world as complete RACIST Fuck ups! An Agency i once admired has been reduced to wearing a tarnished tin shield. FUCK NYPD it’s Brass and the Mayor may they and their loved ones receive the same treatment from other Law enforcement jurisdictions.

Is there a Canadian Company that sells this? Or a way to avoid paying duties to get it shipped to Canada? The irony of paying the gov for me to get this that is something I’d like to avoid.

Chuey’s a great, friendly guy, and I highly doubt that he was doing anything besides making sure everything was on the up and up. This kind of crap makes me want to punch every cop in the balls. With a 2x4. Ugh.

I am sure that Chuey is a great guy. And I am sure that SFPD that works the Mission is more keyed up than the average cop with a need to flex their authority. And in no way did this guy deserve a beating. BUT .. You cant say that his behavior wasnt risky. Are you really allowed to go up to the police in the middle of a line up (these could have been dangerous psychos and the police were afraid they had friends with weapons) and start nosing around? Honestly, the thought of a dude walking up and pronouncing himself the supervisor of proper SFPD procedure and then refusing to move because he doesnt have a good view sounds totally idiotic. What did he expect? These are cops and they are under duress. Does that mean they have a free pass to act like fucking pyschos? No. But I am not going to test them and neither should you.

Guys, life is not always fair. Some cops are going to be pitbull crazies. Dont fck with them and you wont catch a boot to the fucking head. Wise up

I disagree, BC. Chuey did nothing wrong. He seems to have acted within the law. That policemen might become violent in such a situation is all the more reason to document their behavior. I only with three other people had been filming the incident so Chuey’s innocence could be easily proved.

Yes, you really are allowed to observe police activity so long as you don’t prevent them from doing their job.

Frankly, when cops go postal on someone simply for observing, you have to wonder what it is they’re so worried about being observed doing.

Police all across this country have anger and other behavioral issues. Big town cops to small town pigs, they’re all fucking corrupt and prone to inane violence. When are the people going to say “ENOUGH” and fight back?

“Fuck the Police” never sounded better. Better yet, “cop killer” sounds good too.

Good God, I am sorry I read these comments. The level of “discourse” on this blog is horrifying. Every single one of you is a goddamn ape - resorting to name-calling and insulting each other’s intelligence (news flash: NONE of you are smart) and batting this pithy secondhand account back and forth like kittens fighting over a ball of yarn. I haven’t seen this much idiocy on a fucking Fox Nation board.

read what you wrote again.

oooo… yellowknife… you are SOOO smart. you even called the very banter you apparently cannot stand “pithy.” you sir, are an asshat.

thank you.

HostileLocal Ph.D.

The police are the racist lieutenants of the banks and their political bureaucrats. If we let them pull this shit in San Francisco, what’s gonna happen in Vallejo, Stockton, or rural Oklahoma? Let’s organize for our city. This is a working-class, leftist, people of color city. Go Giants!

I hate to say it but I don’t at the same time. If the people don’t all rise up and stand behind each other, this will never stop. Here’s and idea, screw your political beliefs and step into the realm of the Occupy Protestors, who get this treatment DAILY and NOTHING happens to the police. If you’re not going to help Occupy stop it, you’re enabling these kinds of police behaviors.

Hear, Hear. Well said.

According to the oracle known as 7x7, his last name is spelled Munkanta.

Yup, just verified we were given a misspelling of his last name. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

1. Who told him he’s being charged, the cops or the DA? If it was the cops, it’s an intimidation tactic. SFPD doesn’t have the power to charge anyone, they forward evidence to the DA and his office decides whether to press charges.

2. If a cop told me to cross the street, I’d cross the street. You can still observe from the other side of the street. Not sure where not complying with an order like that puts you, legally.

3. If this happened the way we’re hearing, I hope Mr Munkanta finds himself a lawyer who can tackle this pro-bono and sues them for their teeth. Any policeman who thinks it’s okay to beat up bystanders is out of his mind.

The only thing that’s scarier and sadder than Chuey getting hurt are these comments from a mob incapable of critical thinking who want to kill every cop in my city.

dramatic statement. ” fuck the police!” not the same as “kill the police!”

you sound like quite the critical thinker yourself.

I don’t think it’s dramatic.
Here’s an example from your mob:
“Fuck the Police” never sounded better. Better yet, “cop killer” sounds good too.

well, in that case, i hope the mob kills every PIG in your city. nothing dramatic about that , huh?

For seven years I ate lunch with Jeff Dahmer, nicest kindest guy you could of worked with.

he ever offer you a bite of his sandwich?

Just so you know when I go to buy a hat it’s saying your sold out, but perhaps if you have a link to where people can still donate, Chuay could still benefit

I hate to say it but it might be because he is black. It is known that cops treat minorities different than whites and black folks get the full hilt.

One side of the story guys.

I am not in no way defending the cops because I was not there. But, to be fair when you roll up on cops questioning someone there is probably a good reason they are there doing that. I’m saddened this happened to what seems to be a very sweet guy, but we were not there and have no idea what he did to provoke this. For all we know he instigated them and things escalated. The cops do have the right to use force, we should not forget this.

2 morals of the story here:

• Don’t fuck with the cops when they are doing something. It goes to say when someone is doing their job, they probably don’t want to hear how to do it better from the peanut gallery.

• Health Insurance…..We all need it. Universal health care, private, whatever. If you don’t have it you gamble with your life.

Here’s a parting thought, when a rapist is about to murder your girlfriend and someone calls the cops are you going to give a fuck if they beat up some hipster once upon a time? Probably not. They are there to do the a job no-one else would have the balls to do. Show some respect.

Well, he did not roll up on cops. He merely watched what was happening and did not seem from the post that he questioned them but doing what was within his legal right to do. To observe the cops as they perform there action and as long as he is not in the way, he is within his right to observe the police. I am basing my opinion to squarely on the post of what happened. You can watch cops do their job but you cannot obstruct or be in the way. If the cops approached him and attacked because he was observing, then they are in the wrong. There is no reason for the cops to consider him dangerous unless he attacked them and it seems he didn’t but I think they did this to him because, he was black.

That’s total speculation. What were the races of the cops? Is this Georgia? If he was white would he have been beaten up?

“you cannot obstruct or be in the way” He was clearly somehow in their way if they reacted the way they did.

If he qualified for a Public Defender, he’ll qualify for medi-cal and get his healthcare taken care of. He doesn’t have a legal defense fund if he’s assigned a PD. Are they trying to raise money to get him private counsel?

First, you do not have to be in the way for the cops to attack you. Two, minority cops will attack people that are the same race as them because the perception that this person may be hostile, because of his race. Three, obviously you are taking sides on the cops and assuming that he must have done something to provoke them. We both do not know really what happen and I am basing my comments on the post above but I chose assume that the Chuey is innocent based on how blacks are viewed and treated in this society presently and historically.

Well if it is truly race motivated why are you on a message board complaining about it? Contact the News, The ACLU or Al Sharpton. IF it truly was race driven then there should be some supporting facts. Correct? Any witnesses besides Chuey that can corroborate his side of the story?

Am I taking sides? I dont know. But, I do respect the law and what they do for us every day. I also respect cyclists, I am one. But I do not respect people threatening people or making false accusations. When I read all the cop killer comments I get really sad that people out here have no clue what really happens behind the scenes of this city. A lot of bad shit happens daily we never hear about. If that were to spill over into our lives we would be fucked. So yes I have the cops backs because they have mine.

This is the dumbest thing I have ever read. SF has the coolest Cops on earth. Have you guys lived anywhere else? Who is dumb enough to go fuck with the police while they are right in the middle of something? They don’t know who the fuck you are or what your intentions are. Let me guess this shit happened at like one in the morning and peaceful bike guy had one to many PBRs? Check this out hipsters just cause you got the right of way or you were not breaking the law, do you really want to tell everyone that from a hospital bed? Time to grow up kids. Shit happens. Best you can do is to watch your step. Life’s short. Well it will be long for this cat cause he’s going to prison. Yeah yeah this cat was an angel who loved everyone and only drank free trade coffee and never broke a law but he sure did get his dumb ass beat. Should have just gone home.

ironj- king of platitudes & full of wisdom!

better watch your step living your short life, growing up while shit happens!

Guess you haven’t had the chance to visit outside Iowa, IronJ. Shame.

Kevin Montgomery, who told you this story second-hand? Has Chuey himself told this story to legit media? Can anyone point to a news piece about it? Has he explained or spoken to the felonies he’s been charged with? Has a police report or news report or any report of credibility been released about this? Does Chuey have any idea what is being said and done on his behalf?

How is it so many people have commented on this when basically no facts are known?

Don’t get me wrong, I understand everyone wants to support our friend (I know Chuey, too), but what is with the vitriol and escalation when you don’t even have a full or factual story?

The arrest record is a start. Has Chuey made a statement? Has he released the police’s incident report?

For what exactly are you all placing demands on the “bicycle community” and elected officials to condemn or investigate with the police, when an incident report has not been made public, from either the suspect or the police?

I’m sorry but this is all Lance Armstrongs fault for doping.

Im a troll government spy trying to muddle the issue

Dear Chuy,
I shall encourage everyone I know to purchase All Hail the Black Market’s ‘I don’t fuck around, but when I do, I don’t fuck around.’ sticker in honor of you.

Fuck the assholes who did this. How many of them have PTSD from the wars? Such violent jerks.

So is there any situation where the cops did ok? Wrong thread probably.

I call bullshit. He dreams of getting beaten by the police so you fucks can give him the attention he craves. He inserted himself in a situation that was a normal arrest and his hero complex could have gotten someone killed. He had no idea what those 4 individuals were being arrested for. He’s a damage to the cause.

White people struggle to believe that this sort of thing happens because it WOULDN’T happen to them. That is white privilege and, as a white person I know, it’s painful to be exposed to the underlying truth–the reality of which we are typically able to be blissfully unaware–that there is profound injustice and people are treated differently according to their race. Most white people are raised in a family/community/culture where they receive messages cops are people they can trust, individuals to turn to in times of need. And due to their status in society, when white people interact with the police this attitude is generally confirmed. This has been true for me. However, the fact is that there are good cops and bad cops and bad cops act out brutally against innocent others with less social power. I don’t know what happened. I wasn’t there and neither were you but ask yourself, why is it so hard to believe?

Cops are full of shit. Same thing happened to me while just observing an arrest.

umm, are you a woman ? I will bet a million dollars “the same thing” did not happen to you. so much white guilt on this board its crazy. which is not to say that we dont have race issues in this country and subsequent instances of cracker cop craziness) .. its also not to say that we should not rally for justice.. but, seriously, the naivete of the UA reader community is once again perplexing. you are asking for trouble by sticking your nose in a volatile situation. i mean did he observe abuses? if so, he should try to witness whats going on. if not, he is just antagonizing the cops. why dont you guys in the mission all start interfering with police work and then see how fast they respond next time theres a gun-wielding crazy on your sidewalk. they’l probably be drawing straws to see who will go bc they are more afraid of the white pussy mob

Until someone you know well gets beaten up by police, you usually can’t believe this could happen without cause. But then it happens, and it changes your perspective on police forever. For me, it was seeing my ex-girlfriend’s arms, face, shoulders, and legs covered in bruises from a cop who cornered her in a doorway off the just off protest route. He beat her for a least a minute despite her begging him to cuff and arrest her instead. She was visiting me in the hospital for something totally unrelated. I felt like she should have been the one lying in that hospital bed. And I tell that story as someone who has before and after that incident worked closely with neighborhood police, been on a first name basis, and liked them very much. Anger is a police officer’s worst enemy. It takes a cool head, integrity, and good leadership from above to keep officers from using unnecessary force.

Because public defenders in SF are actually great lawyers, why is he raising money for a private lawyer? The cost for a good private attorney would seem to be prohibitive, given that he needs to raise the funds. Furthermore, raising a fairly large sum may even jeopardize his ability to qualify for a public defender since it may be determined that he could afford private (though crappy) counsel. To be sure, I’m not familiar with the precise income and asset requirements for qualifying for free counsel, but Chuey should be aware that it could be an issue.

As a long-time Mission resident, self-policing is often needed unfortunately. There are plenty of great cops in the district—and plenty of bad ones—just not enough regardless. But also knowing Kachusha for close to 15 years (ever since we all lived in the Panhandle), he’s simply not capable of what he’s been accused of. Let’s all hope some folks with the SFPD are held accountable here.

Hi SF Folk,

Matt with Bikes & Beats here. We had a fundraiser for SF Yellow Bike Project scheduled for Friday, November 9th at Baobab Village and in light of this unfortunate incident, SFYBP has graciously agreed to share the night’s proceeds with Chuey’s recovery fund. Details on the event are available here:

If you’d like to help with the event (volunteering, donating door prizes, etc) please drop me a line!

matthaze aaaat geemail

Sup..this why I am moving to SEATTLE




idiots in SF.

You spelled “too” wrong.


An SF idiot.

I knew Chuey as a high school student in Philadelphia. He was a fine, intelligent student at a Prep school in Philadelphia. He went to a school where the motto was “Man for Others”. He saw something that was not right in San Fancisco and did what his instinct knew was right. He stood up for the underdog. Don’t judge someone until you know him.


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