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48 Hours into Hunger Strike, Movement Gains New Support

After day two of a hunger strike aimed at unseating Police Chief Greg Suhr for a lack of reform to a police department that has seen four controversial police shootings in the last two years, a group of four protesters camping outside of Mission Station has gained one member. Sellassie Blackwell, a San Francisco native and political hip-hop artist, joined...

Charges Against Officers in Amilcar Shooting to Be Decided Soon, Advocates Say

The District Attorney’s Office is on the verge of deciding whether to bring criminal charges against two officers who shot and killed 21-year-old Amilcar Perez-Lopez down the block from his Mission District home in February 2015, according to Father Richard Smith, one of the lead advocates for Perez-Lopez. That comes after two eyewitnesses to the shooting — both roommates of...

Mission Station, Hunger Strikers Prepare for Showdown

Hunger strikers and police prepared Tuesday for  community meeting and rally at the Mission Station that is expected to attract  a large turnout. The six-day old hunger strike was called to demand Police Chief’ Greg Suhr’s resignation for a succession of police shootings and what strikers say is a culture of racism within the San Francisco Police Department.    On Tuesday, their strike picked up more support...

SF Police Captain Cuts Off Community Meeting, Rally Goes On

A monthly community meeting Tuesday night at the Mission Police Station, highly anticipated by a group of nine hunger strikers and their supporters demanding the police chief’s resignation, was abruptly called off after only a few minutes as strikers and police disagreed as to where the meeting should be held. Upon arrival, Mission Station Captain Daniel Perea began to discuss...

SF Hunger Strikers Fatigued but Determined

The day after a group of hunger strikers held a rally outside the Mission District police station that saw more than 100 people chant for the firing of the city’s police chief, the group of nine began the seventh day of their fast – tired but determined. “We’re getting pretty weak,” said Edwin Lindo, a candidate for District 9 supervisor who has...

Refusing Food and Compromise, ‘Frisco Five’ to Meet With Mayor

Ten days into a hunger strike led by local musicians, teachers and a politician, the group of starving activists told their supporters at a rally on Saturday that they will meet with the mayor in person on Tuesday. “We told Ed Lee that we are meeting with him,” said Edwin Lindo, a Mission supervisorial candidate who has been camping in...

Lowriders, Cops Face Off at SF Mission Hunger Strike

On Sunday, a group of some 20 lowriders gave an impromptu visit to the Mission District hunger strikers — known as as the Frisco Five — who have been camped out in front of the Mission District police station for 12 days to call for the firing of the city’s police chief. The lowriders shut down Valencia Street for some five minutes...

Doctors Explain How SF Hunger Strikers Are Putting Their Health at Serious Risk

Doctors interviewed by Mission Local say that even with the liquids the five San Francisco hunger strikers are taking in, a fast depletes the nutrients their bodies need to survive. With every passing day, the threat of considerable damage increases.     The five strikers pressing for the resignation or firing of Police Chief Greg Suhr have consumed broth, coconut...

SF Activists Start 17 Days of Protest to Oust Police Chief

In solidarity with the five activists who ended their hunger strike Saturday, community organizers have called on the city’s residents to join a General Strike today that will start with an 8 a.m. rally on the steps of City Hall. The strike asks residents to refrain from attending work, school, and “any corporate restaurant eating and purchasing,” said Yayne Abeda,...

Recovering Hunger Strikers Plan Next Steps

Five days following the end of a hunger strike calling for reform of the San Francisco Police Department and the firing of its chief, four of five strikers who went 17 days without food said at a press conference Thursday morning they are still determined to see their demands met and criticized city leaders for showing a lack of concern...

Mayor Announces Resignation of SF Police Chief After Fatal Police Shooting

After insisting for weeks that he would refuse to do so, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr has resigned from his post, apparently at the behest of Mayor Ed Lee. The announcement came on Thursday afternoon, just hours after police shot and killed a 27-year-old woman in the Bayview. Lee said Suhr would for now be replaced by Deputy Chief Toney Chaplin, the...

Families of Police Shooting Victims Walk In “River of Sorrow” Through SF’s Mission

Family and friends of three men shot by police officers visited the sites of the shootings in a Sunday morning procession they dubbed the “River of Sorrows.” The procession is part of an ongoing effort to keep the shootings in the public eye and to foster a sense of community among their families. The extended family of Luis Demetrio Gongora...

Accountability and Housing Win Big at Polls

San Francisco voters approved several measures on the June 7 ballot by wide margins, including an initiative that requires the investigation of all officer-involved shootings and a measure that would dramatically increase requirements for below market rate housing in new developments. Proposition D, which requires the Office of Citizen Complaints to investigate all officer-involved shootings, rather than pursue an investigation after a...

No Compromise on Police Use of Force Reform at Community Meeting

San Francisco police commissioners seeking community input on proposed revisions to policies governing police use of force got what they asked for when a meeting on Wednesday was hijacked by group of angry protesters who offered their own take on what police reform should look like. The young men and women, who entered the San Francisco City College’s cafeteria about...

Activists Say Police Tampered with Evidence in Mission District Shooting

Police officers tampered with evidence by ordering the removal of the body of police shooting victim Amilcar Perez Lopez before it could be properly investigated by city officials, alleges a group of Mission District activists who addressed the Police Commission on Wednesday night. Father Richard Smith, a vicar at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist in the Mission...