July 5, 1934, 5,000 workers fight 1,000 police, scabs, and National Guard troops as employers tried breaking the longshore strike in San Francisco. Two strikers were killed, 109 people injured. The incident, known as “Bloody Thursday,” led to a general strike. The longshore walkout was arbitrated and the workers won their major demands.
The officers of the San Francisco Police Department would be the first to tell you that police work in this city is nothing like Dirty Harry, The Streets of San Francisco, or Nash Bridges. It's a gritty reality, occasionally infused with glamour, but always characterized by the innovation and unusual proceedings found as a matter of course in this unique city.