A police foot chase that injured an officer in the Tenderloin district on Tuesday was reportedly part of an effort to clean up Turk Street between Mason and Taylor streets.
The cleanup, which included assistance from the Department of Public Works, had been ongoing for two days when officers spotted a known drug dealer at Taylor and Turk streets about 5 p.m., police said. The suspect had a stay-away order that required him to remain 150 yards from the intersection.
"The officers attempted to arrest the suspect for the felony warrant and contempt of court," Tenderloin Police Station Lt. Carl Fabbri said. "He ran from them down Taylor from Turk."
An officer who responded to the foot chase hopped out of his car, caught up to the suspect and knocked him off balance just enough to allow other officers to take him into custody.
"The officer, a six year veteran of Tenderloin Station, ended up hitting his head on a steel gate and also injuring his hand and knee," said Fabbri, who added that the officer is "going to be OK."
The Turk Street cleanup wasn't only about busting perps, Fabbri said.
Also on Tuesday, while officers were asking folks to move on so that DPW workers could wash down the sidewalk, they encountered a young homeless man in a wheelchair who appeared in dire need of medical attention.
An ambulance was called and paramedics told the officers the man would have died without immediate care, Fabbri said.
Before receiving aid, the young man told the officers that "he was in a wheelchair because he had been shot on multiple occasions during his life," Fabbri said.
The first block of Turk Street has a reputation for drugs and violence. Last month, for example, a 60-year-old man was seriously wounded when a man riding a beach cruiser punched him in the chest for no apparent reason, causing him to fall and hit his head on the concrete.