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How This Popular Ice Cream Shop Got Caught Up in San Francisco’s ‘Copaganda’ Conversation

Plus, meet the Bay Area man who wants to sell a billion dosas and more food news

Joe’s Ice Cream
Joe’s Ice Cream
Paolo Bicchieri is a reporter at Eater SF writing about Bay Area restaurant and bar trends, coffee and cafes, and pop-ups.

The last few weeks haven’t been so sweet for Alice Kim and her husband, owners of Joe’s Ice Cream in the Richmond District. On April 29, they hosted an “Ice Cream with a Cop” event at their popular dessert shop. According to SFGATE, the couple thought it would be a fun way for kids and families to chat with local police. But DoggtownDro, a Watsonville-based anti-police activist and rapper, showed up at the event with other protestors, including the family of Keita O’Neil who was killed by a member of the San Francisco Police Department in 2017. Things went downhill fast as protestors said the police only agreed to the event to make themselves look better and waste city resources. They called this practice “copaganda,” a term mentioned at a San Francisco Board of Supervisors hearing in the first week of May about the use of taxpayer funds for police communications.

In a seven-minute video captured on Instagram, one that Kim says has been edited to favor the protestors, DoggtownDro is seen shouting through a megaphone at police and event attendees. Kim’s husband reminds the protestors that the business’ windows were broken into, which seemed to anger protestors who felt the owners were comparing broken windows to the death of Keita O’Neil. Kim later told SFGATE the couple experienced a language barrier, not helped by the variety of people yelling, and initially thought protestors were asking police to do a better job of policing’; they thought sharing their experience would be helpful, they told SFGATE.

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