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Monday, December 14, 2015

What We Know So Far About the SFPD Officers Who Shot and Killed Mario Woods (Updated)

Posted By on Mon, Dec 14, 2015 at 10:51 AM

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On Friday evening, the San Francisco Police Department released the names of the five officers who discharged their weapons at Mario Woods on Dec. 2, killing him and setting off protests and calls to reform police tactics. They are: Winson Seto, Antonio Santos, Charles August, Nicholas Cuevas, and Scott Phillips.

Here's what we know so far about these five police officers:

Charles August — 8 years of service
Officer Charles August is the longest serving officer of the five. He is mentioned in a newsletter as working out of Central Station in October 2008. In September, 2011, he was awarded a Bronze Medal of Valor "for courageous service." 

In June 2014, August was named in a civil rights lawsuit that stemmed from a July 2013 incident at the corner of Keith and Thomas Streets in the Bayview. Plaintiff David Lloyd alleged that he was leaving a grocery store and attempting to retrieve his bicycle when a group of police officers in the middle of searching another man prevented him from accessing his bike. 

Per the complaint (3:14-cv-03542):


Officer August and the other defendants — who are being represented by the San Francisco City Attorney — have denied the allegations. According to court documents, a settlement was reached in the case in July of this year, but has yet to be approved. 

Winson Seto — 7 years of service
Officer Seto was assigned to Central Station in June 2009. As of April 2015, he appears to have been working in the Mission District

On December 30, 2013, Seto was injured when a suspect ran over his foot in a car following a vehicle chase

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Antonio Santos — 7 years of service
Officer Santos has been working for SFPD since at least 2011, according to salary data from Transparent California. In April 2013, he was working in Taraval Station

Nicholas Cuevas — 4 years of service
Officer Cuevas appears to have joined the SFPD in the 230th Lateral Recruit Class in 2011, also joining the San Francisco Police Widows' and Orphans' Aid Association. 

Scott Phillips — 11 months of service
Officer Phillips is a rookie cop. Bayview is often a first port of call for new SFPD recruits; community members have suggested using Bayview as a "training station" erodes trust and leads to incidents like this. 

Updates: This post was updated to include years of service for the five police officers, as provided by SFPD. 
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Julia Carrie Wong's work has appeared in numerous local and national titles including 48hills, Salon, In These Times, The Nation, and The New Yorker.

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