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Mon Dec 14 2015 (Updated 12/27/15)
SF Police Execute Mario Woods in the Bayview
Killing of Mario Woods by SFPD Caught on Camera, Likened to Execution by Firing Squad
San Francisco police murdered another African American man in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood on December 2. At least five police officers surrounded 26-year-old Mario Woods on a sidewalk and proceeded to shoot him over fifteen times.

Three different videos of the killing, taken with cellphone cameras, were made public. The videos spread widely, triggering protests and a fiery town hall meeting. The first two videos were used by San Francisco Chief of Police Greg Suhr to claim his officers were justified in the firing of the large number of rounds at a man with a knife threatening to attack an officer. A third video released later clearly shows that Mario was not lunging at officers or otherwise posing a threat when he was shot down. His arms were at his sides.

Numerous protests have occurred and a federal civil rights lawsuit has been filed by John Burris on behalf of Mario's family. Two days after the killing, on December 4, community and labor members spoke out at a town hall meeting against the epidemic of police killings of African Americans and the corruption of SF police chief Greg Suhr, who people demanded be fired. On December 11, San Francisco students walked out of their schools to protest the killing. Another protest has been called for December 18 downtown.

photo No Justic No Peace! Labor Joins Rally At SF City Hall Protesting Execution Of Mario Woods | photo SEIU 1021 Joins SF Community In Supporting Removal Of SF Police Chief Suhr For Murder | video John Burris releases new video of Mario Woods execution showing his arms down at sides | calendar Justice for Mario Woods! Shut it down! (Dec 18) | video photo Students react to police brutality in San Francisco | photo Thoughts on an Execution: The Death of Mario Woods | video SFPD executes Mario Woods (slow-motion) | photo SF Police Execute Again: Community And Labor Speak Out On Mario Woods Murder | video photo ACLU of Northern California Statement on the SFPD’s Fatal Shooting of Mario Woods
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