SF Supervisors address use of force by police

SFPD officers shot and killed Mario Woods on December 2, in the city's Bayview district.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors met on Thursday to discuss the police department’s policies on use of force, and how they can be improved.  The hearing was called in response to the police shooting that killed Mario Woods. 

Woods was shot and killed on December 2 by San Francisco police.  The shooting was captured on video which sparked outrage and prompted claims that the SFPD used excessive force in confronting the 26-year-old, who was armed with a knife. 

On Thursday, city supervisors came up with recommendations for police on how to de-escalate situations they confront.  Supervisor David Campos said the city has to help repair the relationship between the community and the police department.

“Because of what happened with Mario Woods, there are those who really don’t have trust in our police department,” Campos said.

The recommendations are expected to be presented to the police department sometime in the near future.  The Board of Supervisors also plans to hold a vote next Tuesday on whether to declare Woods’ birthday, January 22, “Mario Woods Remembrance Day.”