On December 2, 2015, just under 2 months ago, the San Francisco PD was involved in a shooting. Five officers fired their guns, striking and killing a man. The man, who was a known, validated gang member, with priors for robbery, assaults, and illegal possession of firearms, and was the active suspect of a stabbing which had just occurred, was armed at the time of the shooting with a large knife (presumably the one from the stabbing for which he was being sought).
The shooting was captured on video. The suspect was cornered, and armed, but was refusing to give up. I’ve watched the video and a couple of shots can be heard early on, but based on watching the video, I am assuming those shots are from a less lethal device as the suspect can be seen flinching, but stays standing. The suspect moves to the left (in camera view) and officers open fire, striking him and killing him. The officers say that the suspect was charging one of the officers at the scene, which is why they shot. I cannot say for certain that is what happened because from the camera angle, it is hard to tell, but I have no reason to doubt it. If they had just wanted to kill him, they had plenty of opportunity to do so prior to that movement made by the suspect.
The suspect, Mario Woods, was a black man, and the cops, well it doesn’t matter what color they were, they were cops, so of course to certain segments of our society, the cops are in the wrong…
As of this point, at least to my knowledge, there has been no determination made that this shooting was justified or not. I have Google’d countless searches and it appears it is still being considered.
Now for the part where I absolutely LOSE MY FREAKING MIND!!!
On Tuesday, January 26, 2016, less that two months later, with the investigation still open, the City Council UNANIMOUSLY voted to approve “Mario Woods Remembrance Day”…
Seriously? SERIOUSLY!?!?! You declared a day of remembrance for a validated gang member, with numerous & serious priors, who had just stabbed someone, who was armed when confronted by the cops, and who was shot after failing, repeatedly, to comply with lawful orders and refusing to drop the knife? Victimization of criminals and dirtbags much?
What in the hell is going on in this country? Have we reached the point of no return? I can’t imagine a much better example of being beyond the tipping point than an entire city council siding with an armed career criminal over the cops.
To all my brothers and sisters in blue who work for the San Francisco Police Department, SEEK EMPLOYMENT ELSEWHERE! Screw that town! That city is nuts in the first place, but this move by the city council is tantamount to an act of war. Walk away! Hell with that, RUN away!