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San Francisco Supervisors Name Day for Shooting Victim Mario Woods

January 29, 2016  | 

Over the objection of San Francisco's police union, county supervisors unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday to officially declare July 22 "Mario Woods Day," dedicated to the memory of the 26-year-old Bayview resident who was shot and killed by San Francisco police on Dec. 2, 2015, reports NBC Bay Area.

"Because of Mario Woods and the video associated with the case, we have entire communities throughout the city that do not trust the police department,” said Supervisor David Campos at a news conference ahead of the board meeting.

The move to memorialize Woods and the shooting has upset the San Francisco Police Officers Association. POA President Marty Halloran wrote a letter addressed to board on Monday. He pointed to three officers who died in the last dozen years in the line of duty who didn’t get dedicated days.

"It will be a hurtful day to their families if this city’s elected officials decide to recognize and honor an individual that preyed upon our most vulnerable citizens,” Halloran wrote.

Halloran also said Woods was a threat the day of the shooting, who "inexplicably slashed an innocent stranger with a kitchen knife and refused to drop that knife when confronted by police."

Also on Tuesday’s agenda were two other resolutions connected to Woods. One, sponsored by Supervisor London Breed, urges a federal investigation into the Woods shooting. Another, led by Supervisor John Avalos, urges the San Francisco Police Department to review its use-of-force policies and to study de-escalation tactics.

Comments (20)

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Ric Walters @ 1/30/2016 9:55 AM

What a typical crock of leftist/socialist crap. I'm so thankful that I don't live anywhere near that hotbed of idiocy that is San Francisco, and won't visit there unless I'm forced to. The cops there should all just quit and leave the city to be protected by its Council and Mayor.

UncleMike @ 1/30/2016 10:26 AM

If we're lucky Frisco will slip into the Pacific some night.
It would not be a measurable loss to the country and it would improve the air quality in CA by a significant degree.

Mike @ 1/30/2016 10:57 AM

Another example of elected idiots in California

J. Johnson @ 1/30/2016 11:03 AM

In one way I feel sorry for the officers in the San Francisco of having to endure this nonsense, But in the other way I do not. This is not new for San Francisco and has been steadily going downhill since the 70"s, with each year getting worse. Then why do officers still apply and work there, knowing that they must serve at least 20 years for a retirement and knowing that when they joined that the politics will only become more liberal. For anyone thinking about joining or any officer with just a few years under their belt should really think about leaving and, if not than you know what the future holds in store for you, because it will only get worse in time.

Tom Ret @ 1/30/2016 6:08 PM

The victim was not the slasher but the slashee. Cops there should flee in mass and should look for a city where the city officials are at least sane.

John retired IA PD @ 1/30/2016 6:59 PM

Police officers killed in the line of duty but do not get an official day dedicated to their memory, but a criminal does??????? How do they make this stuff up?

Deputy JJG @ 1/31/2016 8:26 AM

I cannot understand why ANYONE would want to work for these jackasses. If any of you want to work somewhere far better, just come to Texas. Well, maybe not liberal Austin, but anywhere else is OK. Sorry Austin, but it is what it is. JJG

CB @ 1/31/2016 11:40 AM

Hope at least 2,000 of you find new jobs soon. Taken for granted...can't stirke, so just stop the revenue, like NYPD!!! That was beautiful. If crime skyrockets, the politicians get punished. Then again, the commie state of CA is ass backward.

Percy @ 1/31/2016 4:50 PM

Nice to read so much of that HIGHER STANDARD we hear so much about.
Between this and the article about low morale, seems to me that you people should take
a little of your own advice about personal responsibility and suck it up.
Everybody today has bad days at work today, at least you guys get to shoot a dog or beat/taser/mace or shoot shoot a person cause yiu feared for your life.
The rest of us just have to take shit every day.

plato's playdough @ 2/1/2016 1:12 AM

Would be even funnier if the Officers drafted a notice for the news outlets, that they have all unanimously voted Dec 2nd as "Clint Eastwood Day" not bothering to mention the character Mr EASTWOOD played as Harry Callahan.

plato's playdough @ 2/1/2016 1:15 AM


Leonard @ 2/1/2016 11:47 AM

While I'm critical of this shooting, naming a day after the victim is a little extreme, if the reports of his alleged assault of a. Us tandem is true.

XXXXX @ 2/1/2016 2:19 PM

The lack of true leadership in this country has made the work of a police officer an impossible task and there will be a high price to pay for the damage it is causing.

Leonard @ 2/1/2016 5:05 PM

@xxxx....You sound like a drama queen. Every bit of scrutiny that police departments receive today are of their own making. Commit to making policing better. Respect human life, quit policing for profit, cross the thin blue line and report bad cops, and look for ways to be part of the community instead of being separate for it. Do this and your world we be better.

xxxxx @ 2/1/2016 5:42 PM

Hey Lenard, F-OFF

Leonard @ 2/2/2016 11:58 AM

@xxxxx: Strike a nerve little man?

xxxxx @ 2/2/2016 12:13 PM

Nope, I have had to deal with flaming A-holes just like you for a long time. I expect it from your type. You know the kind that doesn't have the guts to do the job, but will sit behind a computer and tell everyone how they should do the job. Sound familiar "little man"?

Huh? @ 2/2/2016 12:44 PM

On behalf of the local police departments, I would like to apologize for Leonard's reference to little people. He clearly used it as an insult and was wrong in doing so. Hopefully he will seek some sensitivity training for his anger issues. Sometimes he types faster than he thinks.

xxxxx @ 2/2/2016 2:48 PM

Ha Ha Ha, classic!

Clay @ 2/4/2016 6:14 PM

Leonard does make a point. A lot of this scrutiny has been brought on by your own actions.

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