San Francisco’s Police Chief to Ask Officials for Tasers

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Justice for Mario Woods Demands.

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco’s police chief plans to ask city officials to arm his department with Tasers amid continued protests over the shooting death of a knife-wielding suspect last week.SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco police officers union issued a statement Tuesday defending five unnamed officers who shot and killed an allegedly armed man in the city’s Bayview District last week.

As the community prepares for a showdown at the Police Commission meeting this evening, the following list of demands has been released by Etecia Brown on behalf of #BlackLivesMatter, #BlacknSF and #Last3Percent and these videos have been posted by CRC Media Corps and by Jameel Rasheed Patterson on behalf of Lets Talk Communities. Another shows five officers firing their weapons as Woods is seen holding his left side, limping down a sidewalk along a wall and appearing to show him approaching an officer with gun drawn who is walking toward Woods. From the meeting’s start, overflow crowds in the hallway cheering “Fire Chief Suhr” filtered into the room as speaker after speaker called for reforms to end police killings. Halloran echoed Mayor Ed Lee and Chief Greg Suhr’s call for officers to be equipped with Tasers, an idea that has failed several times amid public controversy over the safety of the devices. Along with speakers who called for resignations and reform, they also asked for the department to release the names of the officers involved and that they be charged with murder.

We demand a stop to all abuse and violence against mentally ill people by law enforcement – first responders should be paramedics or trained negotiators. Woods was fatally shot by police while wielding a knife on Third Street near Fitzgerald Avenue, near a T-Third Street San Francisco Municipal Railway stop. Vigils and protests following Woods’ death have emphasized the public’s desire for police officers to de-escalate violent situations rather than using lethal force.

Police said Woods was a suspect in a stabbing of a victim who arrived at San Francisco General Hospital at about 3:50 p.m. on Dec. 2 and said he had been stabbed near the corner of Third Street and Le Conte Avenue. SFPOA president Martin Halloran said citizens and “organizations hostile to the police” are jumping to conclusions based on short videos posted online showing the fatal shooting of Woods. Police said officers at first deployed less-lethal “bean bag” rounds and pepper spray at Woods, who had a knife and dropped to one knee but did not fall, police said.

On Thursday, Woods’ family members, Supervisor Malia Cohen and community members gathered at the place of the shooting for a vigil to remember Woods’ life. Non-lethal force was used numerous times, including pepper spray along with the deployment of bean bags.” “With innocent bystanders nearby and the erratic behavior of the subject, the threat to life was imminent. He said that according to federal court rulings the officers did not even need to exhaust every alternative before they could legally resort to deadly force, but that it appears the officers did anyway. Following calls from the community to de-escalate police confrontations, Suhr said he is equipping police officers with 60 protective shields — 10 for each of the department’s six districts — and is looking toward increasing training for officers in de-escalation tactics, joining the national program Re-Engineering Training on Police Use of Force.

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