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SFPD Kill Scholarship Student Alejandro Nieto After ‘Gentrifiers’ Get Suspicious
by via Jason Wallach
Thursday Mar 27th, 2014 11:58 AM
Alejandro Nieto was killed by a barrage of San Francisco Police Department bullets last Friday evening, March 21, 2014, near the service road leading up Bernal Hill.
SFPD Kill Scholarship Student & Security Guard After ‘Gentrifiers’ Get Suspicious

March 25, 2014 By mrDaveyd

This story comes courtesy of local activist Jason Wallach.

I am upset this evening because today I learned about Alejandro Nieto, who was killed by a barrage of San Francisco Police Department bullets last Friday evening near the service road leading up Bernal Hill.

I attended the vigil in Alex’s (as he was known to friends) honor that took place at the site where he died, on the service road leading up Bernal Hill. At the vigil, I learned that he was a scholarship student at City College of San Francisco, studying Criminal Justice. He wanted to be a parole officer to help guide young men’s lives into good directions. He was a devout Buddhist who believed in creating the peace in his community that he wanted to see spread across the Earth. He was a loving, caring individual. I found out through a poem that his birthday was March 4th.

I also learned that the SFPD shot him last Friday as he ate a burrito just before heading to work as a security guard. He was wearing his work-authorized tazer on his belt, but the police did not ask him about that. They did not consider the source of racist fear that motivated the (mostly) white dog-walking residents to frantically call police because of Alejandro’s presence. The cruel irony is that his job was to provide a sense of security for patrons at a restaurant/bar — so they could eat in peace. But Ale’s presence — his simple presence IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD THAT HE GREW UP IN — was enough to create a sense of IN-security for his recently arrived neighbors… and that not only could he not eat in peace, but because of it Alejandro is now Resting in Peace.

There is so much work to be done on so many levels to prevent this type of thing from ever happening again. It won’t be changed in a day. But if we show up for Alex in the coming days, maybe we can show that he did not die in vain. (Cuz for right now, it sure feels like his life was senselessly stolen from him.)

There will be a Town Hall meeting about this police murder of one of our community members tomorrow, Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 6:00 PM at Leonard R. Flynn Elementary School, 3125 Cesar Chavez. Alejandro’s family and friends are asking for community support and presence at this meeting. Please come if you can.

written by Jason Wallach for the Center of Political Education

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by get off the bus
Friday Mar 28th, 2014 8:42 AM
1) the poster INCLUDED a story that describes what happened, so the idea that they are "ignoring" what Alejandro was accused of is false.
2) Yelling profanities and threatening people is not an excuse to kill somebody. Air boxing is not a crime. Threatening animals that are trying to attack you is not a crime. When he pointed the gun at them, how did the cops know it wasn't a toy or something? This is on the police, not Alejandro. Doesn't the department give training on dealing with mentally disturbed individuals?

From the BG report:

"A report in the San Francisco Chronicle suggested that just before the shooting, Nieto was “acting erratically and threatening passersby,” quoting an unnamed witness who said a man had threatened his dog with a “pistol-type stun gun” and yelled profanities. It also referenced a past incident involving Nieto's alleged use of a stun gun.

A person who declined to be named told the Bay Guardian that about half an hour before the shooting occurred, two men who were walking down the pedestrian pathway on the north slope of Bernal Heights Park alerted a jogger that there was a man ahead wearing a gun on his hip.

They told the jogger that they had called the police. The jogger, who was about 50 feet from the man and started moving away from him after receiving the warning, was too far away to see whether he had a weapon but noticed that he was “pacing back and forth” and “air boxing.”
by VP
Sunday Mar 30th, 2014 8:20 AM
Did anyone besides SFPD witness the killing? Did anyone see Alejandro Nieto point his taser at police? Did anyone hear the police warn him? Was he wearing headphones or earbuds or otherwise handicapped from hearing at the time he was killed?
by Indybay Volunteer
Sunday Mar 30th, 2014 4:32 PM
Please read the Indybay editorial policy:
by Facts
Monday Mar 31st, 2014 10:17 AM
He tasered a freind three times, attempted to force they guys girlfriend into a car, and had been increasingly erratic in his behavior in the days leading up to the event. Something else was going on with this kid unfortunately and he wasn't in his right mind.
by skeptical
Thursday Apr 3rd, 2014 10:45 AM
Yeah, it's clear he wasn't mentally healthy, which is why it is so disturbing that the police would shoot him? Why did he still have access to a Taser after restraining orders were placed on him? This indicates a breakdown in the mental health system.