access point for housing FATAL ENCOUNTER / Officer Isaac Espinoza and resident David Hill had chances to leave the Bayview, but the neighborhood had a pull on them. Now Espinoza is dead, and Hill is accused of his slaying.
Some undercover police are wearing t-The shirt says "Isaac will go", which refers to the officer who supported the death penalty in this case.On Thursday, April 29, 2004, in San Francisco, police officer Isaac Espinosa died and took a bus with Bayview station.Some undercover police at Lacey Atkins/Chronicle wearing t-The shirt says "Isaac will go", which refers to the officer who supported the death penalty in this case.On Thursday, April 29, 2004, in San Francisco, police officer Isaac Espinosa died and took a bus with Bayview station.Lacey Atkins/Chronicles les sophoche Isaac Espinosa is ready to end an unusually quiet shift of about 9 p.m.In the Bayview community in San Francisco, look forward to celebrating Easter with your family the next morning.The 29-year-Old decorated officers like to be undercover on tough streets.Nothing can stop him from carrying out the task.Not the risk of gang war.Not a potential career.ending injury.His family did not urgently request a safer job.Meanwhile, David Hill went to the same block after playing video games at a friend's house.Nothing can keep 21-year-Old Street.This is not his numerous attacks on the law from the age of 10.It was not his mother who decided to leave the city or her efforts to help him find a job outside the state.Not his closest friend was killed in the West Point project where he grew up.An hour later, Espinosa will die, the first police officer to be on duty in San Francisco in a decade.Hill will soon be accused of killing him.A year ago today, the tragedy became one of the most emotional murders in San Francisco.Local prosecutor Kamala Harris's decision not to seek the death penalty developed into a national dispute over the death penalty, the spread of offensive weapons and gang crimes.Hill is scheduled to start a preliminary hearing on May 31, and the case is expected to attract more attention.Legal action against Hill could reveal what happened that night.But what they will not reveal is how the lives of these two people are intertwined in Bayview, a community that attracts both of them.Espinoza is fighting a difficult cycle of poverty, broken families, drugs and chaos.Hill was caught by it.Both have a chance to leave the Bay.But they won't be good or bad.Isaac Espinosa set foot on the way to Bayview after joining the Westmoor High School football team in Daley City in 1989.His coach, Mike Williams, is a SFPD sergeant patrolling the bay.He mesmerized Isaac with stories of drug traffickers and thugs who troubled parts of the neighborhood.Isaac has learned about Bayview from the story of his family.His grandfather worked in a thriving shipyard during World War II.But when the dock is closed and the storefront is closed, there are sunny housing projects and two-The story house is notorious for violent crimes.By the end of 1960, the Spaniard had moved to the suburbs.Even though Isaac is the clown of Westmoor, he is serious whenever his coach talks about police work.He saw how Williams treated people with dignity. he took the young people to camp and fish."The police are not always going to arrest people," Williams told Isaac.We are real people, too.In 1990, Isaac became a peace messenger on campus, using his popularity to ease racial tensions between black and Filipino students, A young African-American neighbor of Isaac was shot dead by a Filipino gang member near his family.By the time he graduated in 1992, Isaac was determined to become a police officer.He studied criminal justice at Skyline College in San Bruno and received his associate degree in general education.Espinoza joined the SFPD in 1996, about six months after waiting on the list.On the first day of the Police Academy, he wore glasses and had a little hair on his chin.The 21-year-The old thought looked a little older, but was soon ordered to shave.His teammates made fun of him.Perfect grooming for him, slicked-natureBlack hair.Espinoza rolled with it and was soon referred to as an uninterrupted prank, which he used to speak on police radio with a Southern accent throughout his shift.After coming out of college, Espinosa asked to work at Bayview.A year later, he spoke to Derek Jackson, a close friend of the college, about working with him on the busy Bayview night shift.Here, he says, they can do real police work."David Hill started his life in the housing project at West Point, a desolate cluster of two peoplestory, olive-A green building winding on a hillside overlooking the presentAbandoned shipyard Hunter point.In 1983, when he was less than a year old, he grabbed a hot cup of tea in the kitchen, spilled it and burned his face, neck and shoulders.David stayed in the hospital for a month and left a scar.At school, laughing at the child will pull loose scar tissue under his chin.David worked hard and fought with the man who tortured him.His parents divorced when he was 7.In the case of early child abuse, the court allowed David's father, old Willie Hill.According to court records, only supervised visits by mountain children.David's religious and protective mother Daisy has been running a dental clinic, but it is difficult for her to raise six children and two relatives.David, in particular, began to perform at home, and then at school, where he fought.David's third-His mother recalled that the grade teacher called him "SED" and that he was scheduled for a special education class because he was in a serious mood.It was a pain point for Daisy as the teacher did the same to David's two older brothers.School officials told Daisy that David was smart enough.He just can't control his behavior. as a result, he doesn't learn.Daisy was worried that the school had sent him away.At the age of 10, David was suspected of taking part in a break.Police reports show a school computer center on the Harbor Road, not far from West Point.Daisy said her son took nothing and worked with the police.For some time after that, the school seemed to get better.David's fifth-The grade teacher sees him as a talented artist and classroom leader who can do whatever he wants.But "we can't let his academic subjects slide," she warned .".At sunset, at Hoover Middle School, David made a connection with special education teacher Del Baker, who worked with troubled students from the whole area.David was fascinated by a class program in which students made sandwiches and then sold them to faculty to raise money.He makes sandwiches at home, learns the difference between Rye and Dutch crisps, and grasps a variety of luncheon meats.He will tell his mother: "Do this, take Mayo .".David also saw leadership when he came back, but the boy stubbornly refused to learn, which worried him."David is an angry child.He is not an easy child to deal .""He had some reaction to me, but not enough to keep him out of trouble.In November 1994, when he was 11, David stopped a 13-year-The little girl from Hoover Stadium.They argued, and he grabbed her shirt, dumped her on the ground, and cut off her two front teeth.He was suspended from school and the police were informed.In the eighth grade, David was fired for attacking a student.When another young man held the boy down, he punched the boy.David was detained by police and quoted for assault.He lost his chance to help David.At that time, the teacher recalled that David had been writing "West Point" in his book ".After returning, he was concerned that the boy had been caught in Westmob, a gang of West Point projects based on David's upbringing.In March 1998, David was first labeled as a gang member in a police report.The police saw him and three other young men tied with baseball bats on the Strip Street and Market Street.David, 16, is with members of Westmob.Police said 1999, when a group used sticks and bats to beat and rob a teenager at another housing project on Muni bus.David is a short and fat kid who, after playing a bully role in the rap film Friday, is called "Big Dave" or "Dibo" around Bayview "."As he did when he was a child after physical trauma, David made it clear that he would not be selected.In the fall of 1999, life was intertwined between Isaac Espinosa and David Hill.Police believe Hill and his two brothers, James Jr. and Willie Jr.In the Westmob gang, the gang is about to have a dispute with a large rival of Beiling housing development.-one hill over.The dispute heated on Sunday.25, during an outdoor rap recording involving Westmob and Big Block performers.Hill's brother James was at the event.-Described by the police as Westmob's "law enforcer"-Federal documents show a dispute with members of a large group.Later that day, a large block member shot and killed a Westmob member who came to the hostile area to seek peace.This is the beginning of a gang war that continues to this day.This fight will kill Hill's best friend.-Making the work of Espinoza patrolling nearby even more dangerous.On patrol, Espinosa and his partner, Derek Jackson, met David Hill and his brothers ---Even briefly detained Little Willie.We know this family.-"Willie, David and James," Jackson said.As a member of Westmob, he said, any of the three could carry weapons.By the fall of 2000, Hill had dropped out of school forever.He spent a lot of time walking around his bulldog Baby Fanta-Named after the gang characters in the old bunny cartoon--Ride his BMX bike around the project.On Oct.There were 12 officers close to 17.year-Lao Shan and three friends are at 130 West Point Road, from where the hill grows up in several buildings in 50 West Point.Just before 2 pence.m.Officials said the group was wandering around a parked car.Hill and his friends have a scarf that says "Full Fledge", another name for Westmob, police said.Officer Scott Kendall asked Hill to walk towards him."What for?According to the police, Hill replied, "I didn't do anything ." Then he raised his hand and began to step back.Kendall told him to stop and Hill ran away.Three officers chased Hill in the project.A police officer saw Hill take a thing from his belt that looked like a gun and throw it on the roof.Later, the officers found a costume.380-caliber pistol.Hill was arrested on suspicion of several serious crimes, including members of the armed gang.Hill told investigators, "Brothers must protect themselves.That's why I took the gun."Hill was sent to the chalet Ranch, a project run by San Francisco on the peninsula Hill for criminal boys.He was supposed to be there for a year, but was kicked out six months after being considered a gang in May 2001 --related fight.His mother said Hill tried to break it.Hill was ordered to enter the California Youth administration system.At that time, more than 20 people were killed in the Bayview gang war.The next year, in 2002, the FBI stepped in with SFPD's decision to crack down on drug purchases by forming a cutting-edge plainclothes department and establish contacts with gang members.The first one was selected to take part in a special reaction.The criminal group is Isaac espinaza.He seems to be an ideal choice.Get tips from his mentor Sgt.Williams, Espinoz, spoke to the people he met on the street.-Mobs or friends-as "Mister."Although he is only 5 feet tall, he is strong, fast and smart, and officials are surprised at how he can resolve potential violence.Espinosa put his heart and soul into his work.His observation at Bayview made him dedicated to helping the people there.Just as he saw a kindergarten child sleeping on a mattress soaked with his own urine and feces, while the child's mother smoked in the next room.Or the woman of the Hunter Point project, she calls him every day with her mobile phone and worries about life there.Sometimes Espinosa confides his frustration to his wife and high school lover Renata.At first, Renata knew everything about her husband being beaten, all the shots she heard at Hunter point church. Until his family thought his work there was too dangerous, her father had always been a priest."But Isaac always told me that he wanted me to look at the other side of the neighborhood," Renata said, understanding her husband's dedication after she met some people on his beat.She was still scared.19-year-old David Hill was released from the California Youth Authority during the middle of the year.2002, in the next two years, he will have several opportunities to turn his life around and leave the Bay forever.During his imprisonment, Hill began reading the Bible greedily.This is a big change for a person reading for the third timeHill told his friends that they should also follow the teachings of Christ.However, on June, within weeks of Hill's release, investigators at Bayview found a bomb-proof dress in the West Point apartment in Hill's house.Because Hill was only paroled for juvenile offences, the vest was not considered a violation, just as he was paroled for a crime as an adult.Meanwhile, Daisy Hill is in danger of being deported from West Point because little WillieHe was arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking in these projects.She moved to Richmond but continued her new job at Bayview --Hunters Point.Daisy set aside a room for David in Richmond's new land.She wants her son to start with Bayview.Hill went against her will and continued to hang out in the old neighborhood.On August, Hill was hit by a small right finger on Third Street.Hill said he was robbed, but police believe Hill's guns were mishandled.Despite all the trouble, Hill found a mentor in Earl Hampton that summer, a community activist who coached the hunter-point youth baseball league.Hills hanging around the park-On the Hill of his house.-Where the Hamptons were working."He will come to the park and talk about what he wants to do," recalls Hampton ."."I was wondering how we could get him involved.Because he's not involved."Like the special education teacher at Hill Middle School, Hampton sees Hill as a potential leader who needs guidance.The children seem to like Hill.He told the Hamptons that he wanted to coach and coach the children and that he let them know that the wooden house arrears program was not the place to go.At the end of 2002, Hill's mother persuaded him to go to Cincinnati with relatives.She hopes he can get a job there and get rid of the violence in Bayview.But on Feb.Hill's close friend Rickey "Hitman" 2003 was killed in San Francisco, and he was also in contact with Westmob.Hill returned to town for another funeral and, despite his mother's hope, decided it was time to come back.Hill wanted to make a video of his life at West Point.His job prospects are bleak, but Bayview is home to him.Officer Espinoza chased a car to block 200 West Point Road.A 5-foot-10, 250-The pound man came out to start running.On May 2002, shortly after Espinoza went undercover at Bayview.Espinosa followed the man on a chain.Link the fence and grab their shirt as the suspect approaches the top.The suspect jumped down and cleaned up several clothesline support rods.Espinoza did not succeed.On the way past, his foot grabbed the top of the fence and he could not control his fall.He hit a metal rod as he went down.Espinoza lay on the ground with a broken wrist, dislocation of his elbows and feet, and did not ask for help until the suspect was captured.Espinoza was awarded the Purple Heart medal but had to continue to be disabled.In early 2003, Espinoza returned to work, ranking fifth in a police sports competition and completing 49 training sessions.Despite the metal nails on his legs, he ran five miles around Lake Merced.Fitness enthusiasts do not intend to sit behind the table.But a few weeks later, his legs began to hurt and his mobility was limited.Espinoza is disabled again.Now almost everyone he knows is telling him to leave the Bay.His mother Carol wanted him to move to a quieter station in town."Think about all the good restaurants you can eat at North Beach," she said .".Even his mentor, Mike Williams, begged him to leave the block and have a meal.needed break.But in February 2004, Isaac returned to the "real police job" he found at Bayview ".One night his wife Renata asked, "Why are you staying, Ise?He replied, "for the good people who live there.Hill stopped playing video games in a house in Bayview on April 10, 2004 and left with friends.It was 9 p.m.Just a short distance away, Espinosa is patrolling with police officer Barry Parker.spoken 37-year-old from Texas.Two devout Christians tied up in the early stages of the March, when Espinosa's longtime police partner, Jackson, was disabled by a back injury.Espinoza called home: "Renata, wait for me, I'll go home early.It was quiet and we had to run a few more laps.Then I will go home." At 9:34 --26 minutes before they should be off work.-Espinoza and Parker noticed two men in the 1300 block of Newhall Street, a residential area outside the Westmob area, right near the Third Street.One of the men seemed to have hidden a gun.He touched his coat and then turned away, a subconscious action that sometimes is made when a suspect hides a weapon.Espinoza has just learned "touch and turn" in a workshop ".When the police approached, the two men on the street separated.Parker continues with the unmarked Ford Crown Victoria behind the suspect.According to Parker, Espinosa issued a flashlight from his window and said, "Police!Stop!The man replied, "Man, I don't have an ID card on me," walking faster.Espinosa came out from the passenger side.He kept his department.Put Beretta in the holster and start following the man.Parker got off the bus.Considering that there could be 1 feet chase, he stayed near the vehicle in case the police had to chase the man.Espinosa, now on the sidewalk, once again called on the man to stop.The man, only about 10 feet away, turned from AK-47 assault riflesTwo bullets hit Espinosa, one across his side.The man opened fire on Parker, a bullet hit his foot and he crossed the street looking for cover.The Gunners ran along newwar Street.Parker managed to call the dispatch: "The officer is down!When reinforcements arrived, Parker sat next to Espinosa and kept shouting his name.Espinosa faces down, his hands hidden under him, groaning, bleeding, and his breathing began to slow down.A few minutes later, an ambulance took him to San Francisco General Hospital.She was not allowed to see her husband when Renata arrived at the emergency room.She waited 20 minutes near the emergency room.Bayview Capt.Rick Bruce came over and handed her husband's police Star over to Renata.It was not registered at first.The doctor approached.He said softly, "I'm sorry, we can't save him ."Espinoza died at 10: 12.m.38 minutes after he was shot.Renata feels like he's dreaming."I just kept saying, 'Take me home.Take me home.I have to wait for Isaac.I have to be there for him.Take me home."When Renata finally saw Isaac in his ward, she thought he looked like he was sleeping in their bed.She approached him: "Wake up, Isaac.Come home.A few minutes later, San Francisco police found a coat.-With Hill's driver's license.-Only a few blocks from the Espinoza shooting scene.They also found an abandoned AK-47. throw it on the fence of a house on Newhall Street.White Labrador Trimble from AK-Walked down a path leading to several backyard.One of the residents of the house is David Hill's girlfriend, kristar Francis.Authorities say Hill went to her grandmother's house early in the Easter morning and told her that he had shot a man by accident.Hill then went to his mother's home in Richmond and then showed up around noon at the San Ramon Valley Medical Center in the County of contrakosta.The authorities said that although he was not injured, he chattered that he was a slave beaten by a white master.The police arrested Hill that day.Three days after the killing, local prosecutor Kamala Harris angered the police community by announcing that she would not seek the death penalty against Hill.On April 16, Sen expressed this anger at the funeral of Espinoza.Diane van SteinCalif.Rose is in front of the congregation.Mary's Cathedral announced: "This is not only the definition of tragedy, but also the special circumstances required by the death penalty law.Sad family and blue audienceThe police in uniform stood up and cheered.Van Stein's comments prompted politicians from Sacramento to Washington to participate in the case.The San Francisco police chief and the police union held a press conference demanding the death penalty.Federal investigators are involved in the case of the death penalty on their own.Anger eventually subsided, partly because the decision to seek the death penalty was not canceled --and-dried.Parker, the only witness to the shooting, told investigators that he was only 70% sure Hill was the one who shot.Another question is whether the gunman knows he's shooting an officer.It was dark and prosecutors feared that the defense would think that the murderer had mistaken plainclothes police for a robber.Although Hill had been in trouble when he was a teenager, he did not have a criminal record for adults.In addition, Harris is opposed to the death penalty, and he knows that most San Francisco people are opposed to the death penalty.Isaac and Carol's parents-Catholics, their home is filled with small plaques engraved with spiritual words about the eye of the Lord's vigilance ---It is firmly believed that the only right thing to do is to seek the "highest degree of law "." Isaac Sr.He said his son would think so."My son will not think for himself.He will think of the good people who live in Bayview and the people who have lost their lives.Whatever the outcome, he sees it as a deterrent to help it become a better place for people to live.David Hill, 22, spent his day in a security cell next to the San Francisco judicial Hall.The preliminary hearing on the killing of Isaac Espinosa is scheduled for May 31.Most of the reasons for the delay are legal arguments about the evidence, especially the use of forensic tests in AK-47.His lawyer, Martin Sabelli, said there were only a few unanswered questions about what happened that night.Hill's former teacher, Del Baker, recalled Hill's last chance with hope.He heard last year that Daisy Hill was worried about her son.He wants David Hill here.Maybe he can get him a job.But Hill didn't show up.Disappointed by the prospects of young people growing up in projects like West Point.These places have become the mountains of David.They are mean, hard places, not easy places to grow up.You have to be a real warrior in order to survive."Daisy Hill is confused about her son's allegations, but she and other family members support him and visit him regularly.Shortly after Espinosa's death, police searched Daisy's home in Richmond, where there was David Hill's room, but authorities said they found nothing guilty.The Bible by Hill's bedside is still there, and the stacks of books his mother gave him about African-American history are there.A wall in Hill's bedroom is covered with dozens of photos and some funeral shows ---The Holy land of his dead friendAnother shrine, located on the granite wall of the judicial Hall, is named after Isaac Espinosa and other fallen officers.In Bayview, police wear T-The shirt says "Isaac will go", a tribute to Espinoza's willingness to accept any task.His widow Renata is still wondering if his work at Bayview was in vain.The pious woman did not step into the church within nine months of her husband's funeral.She can't explain to herself, not to mention her 4-year-How could God make all this happen, Isabella, the old daughter: "Everyone says, 'Purposeful, purposeful '.I don't see any purpose for me.For me, all I see is a daughter without a father, me without a husband, a parent without a son ---Huge emptiness"She has always known that danger is part of Espinosa's job.For eight years, she prayed for him every day.Renata said to God, "if I trust you and have faith, what is the point of having faith ?"?"Renata returned to church on the first Sunday of the new year.She cried a lot, but it made her a little calm.For Isabella, she had to keep herself strong and try to get rid of depression."I can't continue to live like this," she said ."."I must begin to forgive God for letting this happen to Isaac.