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SF Weekly Letters for the Week of December 10-16, 2015 

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Badges of guilt: I'd like to see the same video San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr saw when he determined the policemen fired in defense of themselves ("Outraged Community Calls for SFPD Chief's Resignation Over Killing of Mario Woods," Julia Carrie Wong, The Snitch, 12/5/15). In the clips I watched, it clearly shows a half-dozen policemen shooting several rounds into a small man up against a wall. He apparently had a kitchen knife, but that was so small it was barely visible on film. Until I see something that shows otherwise, these cops acted like vicious thugs and should be immediately prosecuted for first-degree murder. pbo31

No justice, no respect: Only a troll would bring up the point that if Mario had dropped the weapon he would be alive ("Would Mario Woods Still be Alive if the SFPD Had Tasers?," Adam Brinklow, The Snitch, 12/4/15). I know it feels good for you racist, hateful people to make this point, but it's ultimately irrelevant. Police don't have the right to kill people just because those people don't comply with orders. The police aren't the judge and jury of our "justice" system. They don't deserve our respect, and they don't deserve their inflated salaries. Why_are_the_cops_so_weak_and_scared?

(Not) a black and white issue: I struggle to see how this man was unjustly "demonized." Woods was a career bad guy ("Mario Woods, Gang Member Slain by SFPD, Remembered as 'Total Sweetheart,'" Julia Carrie Wong and Chris Roberts, The Snitch, 12/3/15). His mother said in a recent interview that he struggled to turn his life around — that means he was most likely on the wrong side of the law for a while, not to mention a man fitting his description was pegged as a suspect in an incident where someone was stabbed, and Woods still had the knife on him. I don't think "unjustly demonized" works in this case, and I look at situations like these on a case-by-case basis, not just paint all police brutality cases with one broad black or white brush. Nicholas Clark

Maybe see no evil: That's what I want from my police — muscle memory, not rational thinking, just instincts and reactions ("SF Cops Complain That the City's Body Camera Policy Treats Them Like Criminals," Adam Brinklow, The Snitch, 12/3/15). Why not try the cameras for just one (1) week, i.e., 7 days, and see if there are any incidents that require their evidence. If not, then the cops don't need them. Only criminals want to remain unaccountable. philosopher3000

Apologies to Carol Doda: How dare you suggest that Gypsy Taub ("Nothing to Hide," Jeremy Lybarger, 12/3/15) carries "the torch of weirdness" passed on from Carol Doda! Carol Doda grew up in San Francisco, and from everything I've read and heard, she was a very nice person. Gypsy Taub, who lives in the East Bay, can better be compared to the early California explorers from Spain with their pompous "I know better than you" attitude. She invaded the Eureka Valley neighborhood in San Francisco, disrupted its economy, criticized its elected leaders, and told everyone in that neighborhood she knew what was best for them. SF Weekly, you owe Carol Doda and all of San Francisco an apology! Kale

Take a picture, it'll last longer: Nudism most certainly is about seeing and being seen, otherwise we would put blinders on everyone at a nudist event. You cannot normalize the human body by covering it up, or not looking at it. The only true means of achieving body acceptance is by spending time nude with other people and looking at normal human bodies. Chet

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