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San Francisco Undercover Unit Patrols Crime-Ridden Tenderloin

September 10, 2009  | 

Danny Manning was once robbed by a pregnant woman. A few weeks ago, a teenager pointed a sawed-off 12-gauge at his face. Recently, he was jumped, beaten, and robbed by three women in front of the Golden Gate Theater - at 3 in the afternoon.

This isn't a run of bad luck. It's his job.

Manning and his buddy Kevin "Scrappy" Healy are members of the San Francisco Police Department's RAT (Robbery Abatement Team) squad. Wearing wigs, fake teeth, and, in Manning's case, a cheetah-print dress, they prowl neighborhoods like the Tenderloin, buying drugs, attracting thugs and getting ripped off.

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