Overnight Protest Follows SFPD police shooting

Published On July 17, 2011 | By Matt Gratz | Police, police state

NBC Bay Area News

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Police in riot gear responded to a demonstration in San Francisco’s Mission and Bayview districts in the middle of the night following an officer-involved shooting that left one man dead.

The angry, but mostly controlled crowd gathered near 16th and Valencia streets and walked through the Mission and Bayview around 1 a.m. Sunday morning. Police said there were reports of garbage being thrown into the street and several newspaper racks being overturned, but they made no arrests.

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Video from the scene showed the crowd ending their protest at the 16th Street BART station. One protester said they ended their march at that location and time because that’s where the last BART train left the City and it was “their ride” home.

The group gathered in response to an officer involved shooting that happened at 4:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon that left a 19-year-old man dead.

San Francisco police said officers shot the man because he was firing shots at them as he ran from them. The police initially confronted the unidentified man as part of a routine fare inspection on Muni. They said he took off on foot as he was being detained on the Muni platform.

Witnesses to the shooting said that the man was unarmed when he was shot by police. San Francisco police dispute that.

The SFPD explain the investigation this way in a published release:

A routine Muni fare inspection turned deadly in San Francisco late Saturday afternoon. Information is still preliminary. The officers detained a 19 year old male suspect on the Muni light rail platform.  This suspect then ran from the police officers who pursued him on foot. It appears that the suspect was armed with a gun and fired at the pursuing officers. At least one of the officers returned fire, in self defense, wounding the suspect. The suspect was transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries. He was pronounced deceased at 7:01 p.m. 

Officers could be seen searching for a gun in the hours following the shooting, but appeared to be unsuccesful.

Bay City News says the shooting is being investigated by the District Attorney’s Office and the Office of Citizen Complaints as well as by the police department.

Watch the raw footage of the aftermath of the shooting at PigTube.org

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