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Officers who killed Mario Woods used ‘unnecessary force’ — but will face no discipline

The Department of Police Accountability has found that five officers who shot and killed Mario Woods in December 2015 all used “unnecessary force” — but ultimately concluded that the officers should receive no discipline, as they deviated from no policies at the time.  That is according to a report released Thursday by the Department of […]

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Mario Woods: San Francisco Police Department absolves itself of wrongdoing in 2015 shooting

The San Francisco Police Department has found that the officers who fatally shot Mario Woods all used their firearms in a manner adhering to departmental policy, putting to rest a nearly three-year investigation into the incident that rocked San Francisco and, in part, prompted a federal review of the embattled department. The department also found […]

Elbo Room: Mario Woods Birthday Show

A Celebration & Rememberance of Mario Woods with Mac Mall, Cellski, Equipto, Abby Imperial, Alia Sharieff, Amani Jade, Argonaut, Gina Madrid, OHMi, Monk HTS, Ras Ceylon & Rich Iyala $15 suggested donation (no one will be turned away for lack of funds) 647 Valencia 21+ only please

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VIDEO: March honors SF police shooting victim Mario Woods

On Dec. 2 2017, friends and family members of Mario Woods gathered in the Bayview with community activists to commemorate the two-year anniversary his killing by San Francisco police. The group of 50 marched to the corner of Third St. and Fitzgerald Ave., where the 26-year-old was shot 21 times by five police officer. Woods’ […]

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Mario Woods shooting informs Bayview’s consideration of Tasers

Covering the Police is an effort to look more closely at how police work in the Mission and elsewhere in the city. It is a collaboration with U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.  Residents from all over San Francisco made it very clear at a public hearing Tuesday night that they do not want the […]

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Fundraiser for Mario Woods in SF Mission Wednesday

A fundraiser for the family of police shooting victim Mario Woods will be held at the Elbo Room tomorrow, December 23, featuring stand-up comedians and live hip-hop. All proceeds benefit the family of Woods, who was shot and killed by police on December 2 in the Bayview. Equipto — the local rapper who called Mayor Ed Lee a […]

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Hundreds of Students March from SF Mission to Protest Mario Woods Killing

About 200 students, teachers and supporters marched from the 16th Street BART Plaza to City Hall Friday afternoon to protest the police killing of 26-year-old Mario Woods on December 2. Some came with their teachers after organizing a field trip explicitly for the march, while others walked out of school without permission. “They fired 16 shots, which […]

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Protestors Decry Woods, Nieto Shootings at Lee’s Inauguration

“Welcome to the House of Murder, Ed Lee has blood on his hands,” protestor JawanaNicole Aguirre announced to guests flooding in to City Hall for Mayor Ed Lee’s inauguration ceremony. She was joined by activists and organizers from the Bayview and the Mission who have united their causes to protest shootings by police. Once inside, guests […]

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DA files homicide charges against rookie cop who shot Kieta O’Neil

The rookie San Francisco Police officer who shot and killed unarmed fleeing carjacking suspect Kieta O’Neil in Bayview-Hunters Point in December 2017 has been charged with manslaughter and other criminal violations, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced Monday.  The charges represent the first time in historical memory that a San Francisco officer was charged […]

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Police reform: Has the moment passed us by?

Every speaker at a Tuesday night panel on San Francisco police reform and accountability agreed: Police conduct, policy, accountability, discpline and oversight all need improvement. But the panel offered only glimmers on how those improvements could be realized, and instead focused on why the status quo is so difficult to overcome.  The panel was hosted […]

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Mission Marchers mourn Breonna Taylor, killed by the ‘institution of policing’

Protesters gathered at the Mission Police Station Wednesday night after Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced that no Louisville police officers would be charged for the killing of Breonna Taylor.  The 26-year-old EMT worker was shot dead in her bed on March 13, 2020, by three Louisville police officers executing a no-knock warrant. Taylor’s survivors […]

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Covid Tracker: 10,188 cases, 89 deaths

Good Morning, Mission! Welcome to Virus Village, your daily Covid-19 data dump. UCSF returned to Covid Grand Rounds yesterday with Drs. Rutherford and Gandhi leading the way. For those who count on vaccines to release us from the pandemic’s clutches, Dr. Rutherford offered some cautionary words. But good news! Dr. Gandhi, a well-known believer in […]

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Malia Cohen stakes out her positions on police reform — glides toward Police Commission appointment

Former San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen cleared her first hurdle to becoming a San Francisco Police Commissioner on Monday, as the supes’ Rules Committee lauded her record on police reform and advanced her in a 3-0 vote to a final confirmation hearing.  Cohen currently serves on the California Board of Equalization and was nominated to […]

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La alcaldesa London Breed propone enérgicamente una reforma policial, pero muchas de sus propuestas ya están siendo implementadas con dificultades

Traducción por: Neus Valencia El jueves, la alcaldesa London Breed anunció una serie de reformas similares a otros intentos de reforma con los que lleva lidiando el Departamento de Policía de San Francisco desde hace tres años. No obstante, la alcaldesa añadió una nueva propuesta: limitar la respuesta del departamento de policía a llamadas no […]

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Mayor London Breed jumps on police reform, but many of her proposals are already under way and struggling

Mayor London Breed on Thursday announced a raft of reforms largely mimicking a reform effort that the San Francisco Police Department has been struggling with for three years. But she added one new element: the proposal to limit the police department’s response to non-criminal calls. “There’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears that have […]