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News, The Snitch Police Commission Will Try To Discuss Use of Force Again Today

Police Commission Will Try To Discuss Use of Force Again Today

After protests shut down last week's discussion on police use-of-force policy, San Francisco's Police Commission will try again tonight to figure out how to move forward with different, relaxed police tactics.  Police and how they interact with suspects and the…
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News, The Snitch New SFPD Chief Toney Chaplin Promises "Reform, Reform, Reform"

New SFPD Chief Toney Chaplin Promises "Reform, Reform, Reform"

The four golden stars pinned to acting San Francisco police Chief Toney Chaplin's collar sometime in the past 24 hours — when Mayor Ed Lee named him to succeed Greg Suhr, ousted after yesterday's fatal police shooting — shined in…
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News, The Snitch "Shot on Keith Street": Remixed iPhone Ads Featuring Mario Woods Pop Up in SF

"Shot on Keith Street": Remixed iPhone Ads Featuring Mario Woods Pop Up in SF

Last March, Apple blanketed San Francisco with ads touting the quality of the camera in its then relatively new iPhone 6. Responding to the National Geographic-worthy billboard-sized nature art, some enterprising city dwellers took to the streets to show…
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News, The Snitch The Day After Killing in Front of Police Station, Mayor, Chief Announce Police Reforms

The Day After Killing in Front of Police Station, Mayor, Chief Announce Police Reforms

On Monday morning, a somber and slightly ashen-faced Mayor Ed Lee appeared at a press conference — an act rarer and rarer for the mayor in  the nearly three months since the fatal police shooting of Mario Woods on…
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News, The Snitch Autopsy: Mario Woods Was Shot 20 Times, Eight Times in Back

Autopsy: Mario Woods Was Shot 20 Times, Eight Times in Back

Mario Woods died of at least 20 gunshot wounds — including eight shots to the back, buttocks, and back of the head — during his fatal Dec. 2 encounter with San Francisco police, autopsy results released Thursday show. He also…
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News, The Snitch Mayor Ed Lee Has Not Met or Spoken with Mario Woods' Mother

Mayor Ed Lee Has Not Met or Spoken with Mario Woods' Mother

If not swift, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee's response to the Dec. 2 police shooting death of Mario Woods was at least deliberate. Five days after Woods — the suspect in an earlier stabbing — was shot and killed…
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News, The Snitch Mayor Ed Lee: Mario Woods Shooting Was "Horrifying" "Firing Squad"

Mayor Ed Lee: Mario Woods Shooting Was "Horrifying" "Firing Squad"

Mayor Ed Lee has received heat for the way his office handled the Dec. 2 shooting death of Mario Woods — from both the Black Lives Matter and Police Lives Matter sets. It took Lee until Dec. 7, five…
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News, The Snitch "Justice 4 Mario Woods" at the Super Bowl: Beyonce Dancers, Alicia Keys, Adrian Peterson

"Justice 4 Mario Woods" at the Super Bowl: Beyonce Dancers, Alicia Keys, Adrian Peterson

Supporters of Mario Woods, the 26-year-old black man shot to death by San Francisco police after an alleged stabbing Dec. 2, managed to display their message at the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl, but not before television cameras broadcasting…
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News, The Snitch Man Who Claims He Was Stabbed by Mario Woods Speaks Out

Man Who Claims He Was Stabbed by Mario Woods Speaks Out

In an exclusive interview, ABC 7 talked to the man who claims to be Mario Woods’ stabbing victim — a victim that some in the community had questioned the existence of, given that his identity has been under wraps…
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News, The Snitch Federal Review of SFPD Won't Be the Sweeping Civil Rights Probe Activists Hoped For

Federal Review of SFPD Won't Be the Sweeping Civil Rights Probe Activists Hoped For

When word got out yesterday that the Department of Justice would review the San Francisco Police Department, activists hoped that meant a sweeping investigation of the SFPD’s pattern of racial bias and civil rights violations, similar to federal probes…
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News, The Snitch Scenes From Saturday's Protest Marking the Debut of Super Bowl City

Scenes From Saturday's Protest Marking the Debut of Super Bowl City

The Justice For Mario Woods coalition welcomed the NFL to San Francisco in the most quintessentially San Francisco way possible on Saturday: with marching, chanting, and a cadre of police officers in dogged, if sluggish, pursuit. In theory, the…
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News, The Snitch Department of Justice to Investigate San Francisco Police Department

Department of Justice to Investigate San Francisco Police Department

Last week, District Attorney George Gascón sent a scathing letter to Mayor Ed Lee, accusing the latter of not being committed to police reform, and also calling out police Chief Greg Suhr for not cooperating with Gascón’s blue ribbon…
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News, The Snitch ACLU Calls for Federal Investigation Into SFPD's Pattern of Civil Rights Violations

ACLU Calls for Federal Investigation Into SFPD's Pattern of Civil Rights Violations

Barely 24 hours after District Attorney George Gascón’s scathing letter to Mayor Lee, in which he questioned the latter’s commitment to reforming police department bias, the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California has called on the Department of…
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News, The Snitch D.A. Blasts Mayor Lee and Police Chief Suhr For Not Cooperating With Misconduct Investigation

D.A. Blasts Mayor Lee and Police Chief Suhr For Not Cooperating With Misconduct Investigation

You’re not serious about addressing police misconduct or reforming police department culture. That’s the gist of a Jan. 28 letter that District Attorney George Gascón sent to Mayor Ed Lee.  As the Examiner reports, Gascón wants to know why,…
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News, The Snitch Revising SFPD Use of Force Policy Harder and Weirder Than it Sounds

Revising SFPD Use of Force Policy Harder and Weirder Than it Sounds

Last night’s community meeting about the San Francisco Police Department’s use of force policy, held at the Bayview YMCA, featured no arrests, no demonstrations, no “Fire Chief Suhr” chants, and not even any raised voices. Whether there were any great…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco Dangerously Behind the Times on Police Oversight

San Francisco Dangerously Behind the Times on Police Oversight

After many dramatic public vows to reform the San Francisco Police Department’s culture and use of force policies following the Mario Woods shooting, this morning’s City Hall hearing was the first step toward deciding what exactly will be done.  The…
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News, The Snitch A Show of Support for the Officers Involved in the Mario Woods Shooting Didn't Go Well

A Show of Support for the Officers Involved in the Mario Woods Shooting Didn't Go Well

Last night’s Police Commission meeting didn’t go well for the dozens of off-duty officers who turned out in support of their five colleagues involved in the Dec. 2 shooting death of Mario Woods. Per the Chronicle, the officers were drowned…
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Music, All Shook Down Mario Woods Has a Song Dedicated to Him

Mario Woods Has a Song Dedicated to Him

A bevy of Bay Area hip-hop artists operating in conjunction with The Justice 4 Mario Woods Coalition have collaborated on a song called "Justice 4 Mario Woods" that was released 10 days ago on SoundCloud. The piano-laced track features…
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News, The Snitch MLK Day in SF: Mayor Ed Lee Booed off Stage; Feds Called to Investigate "Pattern" of Police Bias

MLK Day in SF: Mayor Ed Lee Booed off Stage; Feds Called to Investigate "Pattern" of Police Bias

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is the one holiday America had to be shamed into celebrating. Not observed in all 50 states until 2000 — 27 years after Reagan made the birthday of the American civil rights movement's less-controversial…
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News, The Snitch 108 Bay Area Lawyers Call on Mayor Ed Lee For Independent Mario Woods Investigation

108 Bay Area Lawyers Call on Mayor Ed Lee For Independent Mario Woods Investigation

More than 100 Bay Area attorneys — criminal defense lawyers as well as plaintiffs' civil litigators — have penned an open letter to Mayor Ed Lee calling for an independent investigation into the Dec. 2 shooting death of Mario Woods…
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