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Odd plea by man arrested for bus vandalism during SF Giants riot (video)

Nov 6, 2012, 10:09 AM EDT

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OK, it was on a rather small scale compared to the riot in Vancouver after the Canucks lost in the Stanley Cup playoffs. But the riot in San Francisco following the Giants’ World Series clincher over the Tigers on Sunday was still very poor form, and caused a lot of damage, most notably to city buses. Hey rioters, if you pay taxes, do you realize that you’re wrecking your own stuff? Poor, stupid dopes.

Anyway, rioting in the social media age is not a good idea. There are cameras everywhere, and one happened to catch a certain Gregory Tyler Graniss, 22, of San Francisco, ramming a metal barricade through the windshield of a Muni bus near Third and Market during the riot. The picture was snapped by freelance photographer Susana Bates and ran in the San Francisco Chronicle the next day, and it didn’t take long for Graniss to be identified.

In addition the photo was featured on a Facebook page put up to identify rioters, and it has more than 19,000 shares so far. It’s also become a Photoshop meme, as one might expect.

So Graniss had his court hearing on Monday and pleaded not guilty. Wait, what?

A man accused of smashing a Muni bus windshield during a riot after the San Francisco Giants’ World Series sweep pleaded not guilty Monday, but his attorney said he was ashamed of his actions and hoped to make amends.

Graniss, a former high school basketball player from Novato, arrived in court with his parents at his side. He remained quiet during the proceedings, letting his attorney do the talking.

“The San Francisco Giants’ victory was amazing, and it really brought out the best in San Francisco and, unfortunately, the worst in Gregory,” his attorney, Doug Rappaport, said outside court. Graniss stood next to him holding his mother’s hand, his lips trembling. “He is very ashamed of his actions and very, very sorry. And now he’s going to set an example by making amends, and he only hopes that San Franciscans will find it in their hearts to forgive him.”

But he is aware that “not guilty” means he’s saying that he didn’t do it, right? So that picture is showing him pulling a barricade out of a Muni bus windshield? This plea confuses me greatly.

There’s also a pretty clear video of a guy lighting a bus on fire. The remarkable thing here is that he’s being videoed by at least four people, and seems to be well aware of that fact. Genius at work.


Graniss is due back in court on Dec. 17, and police have filed charges on 12 others, with more cases under investigation. That includes the video above.

  1. metalhead65 - Nov 6, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    just wait untill he gets away with doing this and he sues the people who took the video of him doing it.gurantee he wins that.

    • jrd8523 - Nov 6, 2012 at 4:13 PM

      Gurantee he doesn’t. Get some reality into your life.

      • metalhead65 - Nov 6, 2012 at 6:21 PM

        look if he gets away this with then all reality goes out the window so why would he not sue?

  2. manchestermiracle - Nov 8, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    All he’s trying to do is angle for a plea bargain. A plea of not guilty will force the prosecution to expend funds convicting him, making it possible for him to get a plea bargain that has less punishment than a court conviction. There is little chance this goes to trial. I do find it hilarious that he staged a scene holding his mommy’s hand and crying.