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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

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

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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 off another, more realistic side of smartphone art. 

That little bit of guerrilla advertising was hilarious and likely would make City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s civic-minded blood boil. But we’re guessing Herrera and other City Hall elites might let slide a new “vandalism” campaign featuring the likes of Mario Woods, who was killed by police in the Bayview late last year.

Popping up on Twitter and Instagram in the past day is a fake iPhone camera ad featuring a photo of Woods with the tagline “Shot on Keith St.” In smaller letters next to that, it says, “by San Francisco Police Mario Woods / 21 times.”

One Twitter user said he found it at a bus stop at Castro and Market streets.
Woods was killed Dec. 2 by San Francisco police officers after allegedly being involved in the stabbing of another man. Woods, who the city had previously identified as an "official" gang member, was shot at least 20 times, including in the back and back of the head, after refusing to surrender to police and after less-than-lethal measures were taken to subdue him.

Soon after the killing, a video filmed by a witness appeared to contradict the official police story and ignited widespread accusations of police brutality. Support for Woods even reached Beyonce’s half-time show at the Super Bowl. And Mayor Ed Lee seemed to be disturbed by what he saw in the video, but has since been relentlessly harassed at public events, where activists with the Mario Woods coalition have demanded police Chief Greg Suhr's resignation. (It has gotten so bad that Lee has cut down significantly on his public appearances.)

Following Woods’ death, Lee and Police Chief Greg Suhr requested a federal Justice Department review of the Police Department, although it was not a deep as many had hoped for a department long criticized, even in recent years, for being racially biased.

The second public listening session was held Tuesday night. San Francisco Examiner reporter Jonah Owen Lamb live tweeted from the event.
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