Supervisor David Campos responds to letter from police officers’ union 

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  • Marcio Jose Sanchez/2009 AP file photo
  • Supervisor David Campos said his comments regarding the shooting death of Bernal Heights resident Alejandro Nieto by police have been misconstrued by the Police Officer's Association.

The recent shooting death of Alejandro Nieto by San Francisco Police -- who reportedly pointed a stun gun at officers, according to police -- has riled many in the Bernal Heights neighborhood he lived in.

The aftershocks of the March 21 incident have also pitted the San Francisco Police Officer's Association against District 9 Supervisor David Campos, who the union went after in a letter for his comments at a community meeting after the shooting.

Campos contends that the letter was factually inaccurate. At the March 26 community meeting with Police Chief Greg Suhr, Campos said he commented on the fallout from the incident rather than the facts of the shooting.

"My comments were mainly in response to how the family was treated," he said, pointing out that the Nietos were not told about their 28-year-old son's death until after they'd been questioned by police and were not able to see the body for days, and even then were given few details about Nieto's death.

"People are concerned about the way The City had interacted with this family," he said. "I did call for an independent investigation. The point is not for blame but to make sure something like this doesn't happen again."

As for the recent threats against police, Camps said he opposes such actions and holds police officers in the highest regard.

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Jonah Owen Lamb

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Born and raised on a houseboat in Sausalito, Lamb has written for newspapers in New York City, Utah and the San Joaquin Valley. He was most recently an editor at the San Luis Obispo Tribune for nearly three years. He has written for The S.F. Examiner since 2013 and covers criminal justice and planning.
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