During a breakfast to celebrate a $412 million June-ballot bond to seismically retrofit a city buildings, San Francisco Police Chief George Gascón made a comment, according the SF Chronicle, about how the Hall of Justice at 850 Bryant "is susceptible not just to an earthquake, but also to members of the city's Middle Eastern community parking a van in front of it and blowing it up."
Gascón explained to The Chronicle that he "never referred to Middle Easterners or Arab Americans," but instead singled out the city's Afghanistan and Yemen communities because they pose "potential terrorism risks .. saying they could park a van in front of the Hall of Justice and blow it up."
So, it was Afghanistan and the country where Janice mistakenly thinks Chandler Bing lives that Gascón deemed areas of concern for San Francisco. Got it. And, technically, he's right: Muslim terrorists from either two places could blow SF buildings to high heaven, just as easily as, say, a gaggle of mountain climbers from Switzerland or a team of ice fishermen from Finland could rent a van and pack it with dynamite.
The (newish) San Francisco Police Chief went on to sort of correct himself, telling The Chronicle, "There was no need to single out the two countries, and I recognize that, but it's not because it was not accurate ... The reality is this is the area where we're seeing most of the international terrorism coming from. ... I think certainly in this case, people are reading too much into it."
Expect a public apology by day's end.