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ACLU of Northern California Statement on the SFPD’s Fatal Shooting of Mario Woods
by ACLU of Northern California
Friday Dec 4th, 2015 2:46 AM
The ACLU of Northern California joins San Francisco community members in demanding justice for 26-year old Mario Woods. Woods died Wednesday after police shot him multiple times in San Francisco’s Bayview district.
We urge District Attorney Gascón to conduct a swift investigation and bring all appropriate charges against the officers involved. We also urge Mayor Lee and the SF Board of Supervisors to hold the involved officers and SFPD management accountable.

Video of the incident, which reveals Woods trying to walk away from the officers, does not appear to show the imminent danger or substantial risk of death or serious injury that would permit the use of a firearm under SFPD policy. The video also raises questions about the officers’ decision-making and actions prior to use of the firearm and whether proper de-escalation tactics were employed.

Recently, the nation has seen far too many Black people killed at the hands of law enforcement, including the familiar names of Laquan McDonald, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, and Aiyana Jones. Their deaths have placed the excessive use of force against communities of color in the spotlight. Too often, police treat communities like enemies—a problem that disproportionately impacts people of color.

To better guarantee the safety of the communities they serve, police officers should use force only as a last resort, and the force used must be no more than is absolutely necessary. Police officers who do not follow these guidelines should be held accountable in accordance with the law.

The public also has a right to know what happened in a critical incident like this one. Friends, family, and neighbors of the person killed deserve the full story on this tragedy. All residents of San Francisco deserve to know how police, who act in their name, came to take a life.

If the SFPD finds the shooting justified, the public deserves to know exactly why, so it can understand whether the policies on use of force match the public’s expectations and whether the process for investigation and accountability is working. If the SFPD finds the shooting not justified, the public deserves to know how the SFPD will ensure that this doesn’t happen again.

Unfortunately, under current state law and local policy, the public will likely never get a full and detailed accounting of the actual investigation into this shooting.

We must demand accountability for police violence against Black people. We must demand transparency from the SFPD.

We must demand justice for Mario Woods.

ACLU of Northern California
§Justice for Mario Woods
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by Tina Ramsey
Friday Dec 4th, 2015 9:53 AM
There is no reason whatsoever for what happened. Once again PD have overstepped their bounds. He might have had a knife in his hand but they could have shot his foot, leg. One shot is all it would've taken but that is not their intent. Their intent is to kill anyone different from them. They twist reality and then ask the rest of us to go along with it! NOOOOOOO! They need to pay and something must be done with the way PD in this country deal with individuals regardless of their color!

Is this not acceptable on any level. There is no justification. For the love of all that is good in this world, show some compassion and understanding. This is a total disrespect for human life.
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