Ocean Beach has long been a place that Karla – who requested that we only use her first name – has enjoyed.
“I was raised in San Francisco, not many people can say they’re a native, but I am.”
She and several friends were at Ocean Beach on Saturday afternoon to celebrate one of their daughters’ birthdays with a picnic. But their day of sand and sun, according to Karla’s friend Raji Pillai, quickly took a turn.
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“There was a man sitting about 30 feet away. He was talking gibberish, he seemed agitated. With a wave of his arm, he emptied all the food onto the cooler…he took a full box out of the cooler and just held his arm back and I threw him.” Says Pillai, who demonstrated how quickly the hit happened.
The can, hit Karla right in the face.
“She just staggered a few feet forward and collapsed to the ground,” Pillai explains.
Karla says she was in shock. “When I was down I knew my nose was broken, I could feel the blood running down my throat.”
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Karla also passed out. His nose was broken in several places and his swollen eye closed until Monday morning.
“When I was able to open it and see, I burst into tears.” She says.
The SFPD quickly arrived on the scene and arrested 46-year-old Stephen Miller. They say the attack was unprovoked. But this experience illustrates a double problem for the city. One, being security.
“How about not leaving someone on the street who is extremely dangerous? Karla said.
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Pillai addressed the issue of the need for more mental health services.
“Not only do they need to be protected, but the general public needs to be protected as well,” she says.
As Karla’s physical and emotional wounds continue to heal, she has no solution to fix the city, but shares this wish for change.
“I would love to see SF be the amazing place I know it can be – it was when I was growing up.”
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