Police Shootings


Gascon declines to file charges against cops in shootings

San Francisco’s District Attorney will not be filing criminal charges against officers involved in two separate shootings that led to the deaths of Luis Gongora Pat and Mario Woods. D.A. Gascon said in a statement that “use of force could only be charged if we can prove it was unreasonable for the officer to be in fear for their life...

SF District Attorney to close Luis Gongora investigation in ‘six to eight weeks’

District Attorney George Gascón will make a decision in six to eight weeks on whether to charge the officers who fatally shot a homeless man in the Mission in April 2016, said Adriana Camarena, an advocate for the man’s family who met with Gascón on Wednesday. Camarena said that during the meeting, Gascón gave her and the family of Luis...

After new officer shoots and kills suspect, SF Bayview police captain wonders if his station will remain a training station

To the small group of Bayview residents who braved Monday’s rain to come to the district police station, Capt. Steven Ford said he was “absolutely shocked that there hasn’t been more of an outcry and concern about” the police killing of Keita O’Neil, 42. Officer Christopher Samayoa shot and killed 42-year-old O’Neil on Dec. 1. O’Neil was unarmed and Samayoa...

Witnesses’ lives transformed after SF police shooting

Stephanie Grant was getting comfortable living on the streets of the Mission. It was Spring 2016, and she had recently fallen in love with a man she would see in her tent encampment on Folsom Street. “He had this swag about him,” she recalled. “I called him Casanova.” They moved around the streets of the Mission together, and in April...

SFPD use-of-force training ’emphasizes’ de-escalation

The 911 call: a “transient” loitering in Golden Gate Park, where neighbors have been complaining about narcotics use and noise. I arrive with a baton, some pepper spray and a firearm. But mostly, I’m supposed to use my words. I do. “Sir, you can’t be loitering here,” I say. “I didn’t do anything — I live here,” he shouts. “I...

Perez Lopez and the SF way of investigation

After two years, the District Attorney has decided not to press criminal charges against Officers Eric Reboli and Craig Tiffe, who shot Amilcar Perez-Lopez to death on the night of February 26, 2015. District Attorney George Gascón, who has yet to bring charges against any officer of the SFPD, released a 25 page summary of the investigative report laying out...