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Monday, March 23, 2015

Protesters Block Entrance to Mission District Police Station

Posted By on Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 9:55 AM

Protesters got to work early this Monday morning by chaining themselves to the entrance of the Mission District police station to mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of 28-year-old Alex Nieto.  

According to the Twitter world, the protesters marched down Valencia Street early this morning, pounding drums and holding signs, shaming San Francisco police one year after shooting Nieto to death in Bernal Heights Park after they mistook his Taser for a pistol. Yes, parts of Valencia Street has been shut down for the morning commute.

Last month, prosecutors decided not to charge the officers involved in the shooting — Lt. Jason Sawyer and Officers Roger Morse, Richard Schiff and Nathan Chew — with any crime related to the shooting. 

On March 21, 2014, officers got calls about a man with a gun acting erratically, according to press reports. District Attorney George Gascon last month said he did not believe the shooting was preventable, as Nieto, 28, refused to obey orders and show his hands to officers. Instead he pulled out a Taser, and officer fired a total of 59 rounds at Nieto. 

He died at the scene.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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