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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Key Witness in Alex Nieto Case Makes Case... For Himself, on Fark

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 11:21 AM

click to enlarge Not Evan Snow's fault. - MIKE KOOZMIN/SF EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
  • Mike Koozmin/SF Examiner file photo
  • Not Evan Snow's fault.

It’s not easy being Evan Snow. The erstwhile SF-based IT professional and patron of Bernal Hill has a lot on his shoulders, and no one to take off the weight. So what’s a guy to do? Plead his case with the bastion of reason that is the Internet, of course.

Snow was walking his dog on Bernal Hill on that fateful night in 2014 when police shot and killed Alex Nieto. It was Snow who had a run-in with Nieto right before Nieto was gunned (he is not, however, the man who called police).

He’s the guy whose dog was being aggressive around Nieto, seemingly because the pooch wanted Nieto’s chips. He’s the guy who, when deposed, told police he was more interested in the physique of a passing female jogger than his dog’s behavior around Nieto. He’s the guy who invoked Florida’s insane gun laws while distilling Nieto down to a racist slur whilst texting a friend after his encounter with Nieto. He’s also one of the white guys who represents the idea of “death by gentrification” in a recent takedown on modern day San Francisco in the UK Guardian.

And since the publishing of that article, he’s now the guy who just wants everyone to leave him the fuck alone already because his feelings are kinda hurt, he told

Snow took to one of his favorite Internet forums this week to vent a little about what it’s like to be Evan Snow.

This was not so much in response to the Guardian story as it was to a thread on said favorite Internet forum lambasting the “user experience designer” for essentially being a dick.

Snow quickly makes a point to use Fark shorthand (TFA, or “the whole farking article”) to show that he’s been on Fark “[f]or almost 10 years.” And he loves Fark; it’s his brand of “news, humor, and the most intelligent commentary of the internets.” So that’s why he needs to set the record straight about a Guardian article “based in outright lies and convenient half truths.”

First of all, the Berkeley native is “more used to being called a latte-drinking liberal than a tech bro.” Being a Berkeley native and grandson of a man born in Mexico named Josê Portillo, Snow has a “deep” respect for diversity (we think he meant he’s not racist). He’s been a teacher for “at-risk youth” around the Bay Area. Currently, he’s working “at a company dedicated to serving the Latino community with small loans as a fair alternative to predatory pay-day lenders.” (We assume Kiva, but we cannot be sure.)

“I'm a complex, intelligent, sensitive individual who cannot be reduced to currently popular labels,” Snow insists.

What follows is Snow’s account of how things unfolded the evening of March 21, 2014, before Nieto was fatally shot by cops. Snow even hazards to bring up Nieto’s purported mental health — a subject that recently drew the ire of Justice for Alex Nieto due to an unrelated response to the Guardian story in San Francisco magazine — as some sort of justification for feeling intimidated around him.

Snow does admit that his text message exchange with a friend after he left the park was “pretty horrendous,” pointing out that he did not know that Nieto would be killed shortly thereafter. Still, he also says, “I cannot stress to you enough how disturbed Mr. Nieto was that night. He was clearly not in his right state of mind.”

The post ends with Snow saying he hopes “this helps in some way.” It appears it at least helped the user-experience designer get some stuff off his shoulders.  
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