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‘Frisco 5’ to continue hunger strike from hospital

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Five hunger strikers (front, from left) Ike Pinkston, Edwin Lindo, Maria Cristina Gutierrez, Ilyich Sato and Sellassie Blackwell speak to the media during a news conference at the Black and Brown Social Club in San Francisco, Calif. Thursday, May 5, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

The five activists who have refused to eat until San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr resigns or is fired plan to continue their hunger strike from the hospital, where they were sent Friday after 16 days without food.

Rappers Ilych “Equipto” Sato and Sellassie Blackwell, and pre-school workers Maria Cristina Gutierrez and Ike Pinkston, were transported to UC San Francisco at Parnassus for medical personnel to monitor their deteriorating health.

The so-called “Frisco 5” began their hunger strike April 21 in response to the fatal police shootings of four black and Latino men by San Francisco police in recent years.

Three of those men were reportedly wielding knives, while a third carried a stun gun. However, details surrounding their deaths have been controversial. Two autopsies showed one of the men, Amilcar Perez Lopez, was shot in the back.

The killings — most recently on April 7 of Luis Gongora, a homeless man in the Mission District — have sent City Hall and the San Francisco Police Department into a scramble over police reform.

Several dozen protesters marched into City Hall late Friday afternoon, banging on the door to the mayor’s office. Mayor Ed Lee has the power to fire Suhr but has thus far declined to do so, citing Suhr’s work to improve use-of-force policies in the department.

Within half an hour of their arrival, a line of sheriff’s deputies temporarily blocked the door to the mayor’s office, prompting protesters to sit and chant from the staircase leading to his office.

Some of the protesters plan to stay in City Hall until the building closes, possibly facing citation or arrest.

It’s unclear the exact health concerns the Frisco 5 face, but experts warn that more than two weeks without food can have long-term ramifications to a person’s health.

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  • Walt Longmire

    I suppose it is legal to make complete fools of themselves, but from my perspective as a citizen who wants some law and order for the first time since the 1960s, I think we ought to give police and authorities much more leeway when dealing with thugs and low lives who carry guns and knives and run from the police. Have you watched Cops Reloaded? If you have, you will have already discovered that the instantaneous reaction of blacks when confronted by police is to resist and run. Must be a cultural thing.

  • Dash Cam

    Embarrassing SFPD Chief Greg Suhr & pathetic excuse for a mayor,
    Edwin Lee are as thickly infested with corruption as a mosquito infested
    swamp! Time to drain the swamp that San Francisco has become!

    To
    remind the naysayers of WHY the citizens of San Francisco are upset
    read, “The Many Scandals of Police Chief Greg Suhr,” article covered by
    the SF Weekly to get an idea of just how deplorable this guy is.

    Already
    suspected of fraudulent misconduct, 3 fund raisers of Edwin Lee, most
    likely scapegoated to protect Edwin Lee, are suspected of bribery. The
    fund raisers and their values don’t fall too far from this rotten apple
    Edwin Lee.

    The cowardice, dastardness & poltroonery of
    Greg Suhr and Edwin Lee continues as more and more pissed-off San
    Francisco continue to push for the outster of these to unethical and
    dishonorable individuals.

  • websamurai

    Ignoring problems is not a sign of leadership. These 2 act as if problems take care of themselves. Either they do the job they get paid for, or just resign.

  • Yeshua rules

    What you need is a beating.

  • Yeshua rules

    SWINE NOT MEN…ON YOU TUBE.

  • Yeshua rules

    Cops are cowardly bums..left alone..they are trembling masses of filth..even God loathes them. Not worthy to be spat upon.

  • Yeshua rules

    Go to you tube. Type: SWINE NOT MEN…

    Cops are cowardly bums..left alone..they are trembling masses of filth..even God loathes them. Not worthy to be spat upon.

  • Yeshua rules

    Go to you tube. Type: SWINE NOT MEN..
    Please thumbs up to kverride tge Ano German cowards mind control..

    Cops are cowardly bums..left alone..they are trembling masses of filth..even God loathes them. Not worthy to be spat upon.

  • Yeshua rules

    .Go to you tube. Type: SWINE NOT MEN..
    Please thumbs up to kverride tge Ano German cowards mind control..

    Cops are cowardly bums..left alone..they are trembling masses of filth..even God loathes them. Not worthy to be spat upon.

  • Yeshua rules

    ..Go to you tube. Type: SWINE NOT MEN..
    Please thumbs up to kverride tge Ano German cowards mind control..

    Cops are cowardly bums..left alone..they are trembling masses of filth..even God loathes them. Not worthy to be spat upon.

  • Yeshua rules

    ….Go to you tube. Type: SWINE NOT MEN..
    Please thumbs up to kverride tge Ano German cowards mind control..

    Cops are cowardly bums..left alone..they are trembling masses of filth..even God loathes them. Not worthy to be spat upon.

  • Yeshua rules

    …Go to you tube. Type: SWINE NOT MEN..
    Please thumbs up to kverride tge Ano German cowards mind control..

    Cops are cowardly bums..left alone..they are trembling masses of filth..even God loathes them. Not worthy to be spat upon.

  • Yeshua rules

    Longmire…you coward.
    Go to you tube. Type: SWINE NOT MEN..
    Please thumbs up to kverride tge Ano German cowards mind control..

    Cops are cowardly bums..left alone..they are trembling masses of filth..even God loathes them. Not worthy to be spat upon.

  • Yeshua rules

    Go to you tube. Type: SWINE NOT MEN..
    Please thumbs up to override tge Anglo German cowards mind control..

    Cops are cowardly bums..left alone..they are trembling masses of filth..even God loathes them. Not worthy to be spat upon.

  • Yeshua rules

    ..Go to you tube. Type: SWINE NOT MEN..
    Please thumbs up to override tge Anglo German cowards mind control..

    Cops are cowardly bums..left alone..they are trembling masses of filth..even God loathes them. Not worthy to be spat upon.

  • Yeshua rules

    !Go to you tube. Type: SWINE NOT MEN..
    Please thumbs up to override tge Anglo German cowards mind control..

    Cops are cowardly bums..left alone..they are trembling masses of filth..even God loathes them. Not worthy to be spat upon.

  • Yeshua rules

    @$!Go to you tube. Type: SWINE NOT MEN..
    Please thumbs up to override tge Anglo German cowards mind control..

    Cops are cowardly bums..left alone..they are trembling masses of filth..even God loathes them. Not worthy to be spat upon.

  • Yeshua rules

    ,Go to you tube. Type: SWINE NOT MEN..
    Please thumbs up to override tge Anglo German cowards mind control..

    Cops are cowardly bums..left alone..they are trembling masses of filth..even God loathes them. Not worthy to be spat upon.

  • Yeshua rules

    ..Go to you tube. Type: SWINE NOT MEN..
    Please thumbs up to override the Anglo German cowards mind control..please tell your friends..channel is censored.

    Cops are cowardly bums..left alone..they are trembling masses of filth..even God loathes them. Not worthy to be spat upon.

  • Yeshua rules

    ……..Go to you tube. Type: SWINE NOT MEN..
    Please thumbs up to override the Anglo German cowards mind control..please tell your friends..channel is censored.

    Cops are cowardly bums..left alone..they are trembling masses of filth..even God loathes them. Not worthy to be spat upon.

  • Yeshua rules

    ……Go to you tube. Type: SWINE NOT MEN..
    Please thumbs up to override the Anglo German cowards mind control..please tell your friends..channel is censored.

    Cops are cowardly bums..left alone..they are trembling masses of filth..even God loathes them. Not worthy to be spat upon.

  • Yeshua rules

    ..Go to you tube. Type: SWINE NOT MEN..
    Please thumbs up to override the Anglo German cowards mind control..please tell your friends..channel is censored.

    Cops are cowardly bums..left alone..they are trembling masses of filth..even God loathes them. Not worthy to be spat upon.

  • Yeshua rules

    ……..Go to you tube. Type: SWINE NOT MEN..
    Please thumbs up to override the Anglo German cowards mind control..please tell your friends..channel is censored.

    Cops are cowardly bums..left alone..they are trembling masses of filth..even God loathes them. Not worthy to be spat upon.

  • FuzzmanX

    “The citizens of San Francisco” are not upset. About 50 people in the Mission District school of anger management aren’t all of SF. If SF is so dangerous because of the Mayor and Police, why do so few of them join this ludicrous protest? Why do the Police account for so few of the deaths that occur in SF? Yeah, I’m so afraid that the cops will kill me for no reason. Let’s go down to City Hall and break shit on a Friday evening. The only business they upset were after-hours civil weddings. Way to win people over! Yay angry mob!

  • FuzzmanX

    You act as if their entire span of service is define by two wildly distorted injustices. Do you see a public revolt? Or is this a select crew of loonies? When the news reports “hundreds of protesters”, do you believe them? If you are truthful and say “dozens” it sounds pathetic and nobody cares too much. What exactly is the problem anyway? Did Mayor Lee have homeboy Mario Woods assassinated? .

  • websamurai

    Neither Lee nor Suhr is a leader. Problems do not solve themselves and these 2 act as if they do nothing then there are no problems. These guys are not doing their job.

  • FuzzmanX

    Because the evening news is giving you enough information to judge the mayor’s performance. Gotcha.

  • FuzzmanX

    You know Jahai McMath isn’t going to come back from the dead either.

  • FuzzmanX

    Some protest today, huh?