Supervisor Malia Cohen. Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo

Hearing on police use of force postponed a day after Mario Woods funeral

A hearing called by Bayview Supervisor Malia Cohen, which was set to hear testimony from use of force experts Friday, has been rescheduled due to scheduling issues.

Cohen’s hearing was called in the wake of the Dec. 2 killing of Mario Woods, 26, by a handful of San Francisco police officers.

“I want the hearing to be a productive policy tool for our city so that we can begin to understand the best training practices and other available tools that we can implement,” Cohen told the San Francisco Examiner.

The hearing, which was supposed to be held the day after Woods’ funeral, will now be held in January, she said.

Cohen’s hearing is just one of several efforts to address issues around use of force. Mayor Ed Lee recently called on the police department to reform its policies and the police commission has subsequently planed to draft a new policy and have it ready to review by February.

In the meantime, police brass and the police union have called for equipping officers with Tasers, a move which the mayor has also backed.  

Police Chief Greg Suhr, who received death threats following his handling of the fallout from the killing, is now crafting a pilot program for Taser use.

Below is the newest cell video of the killing, which was released Dec. 11 by lawyers for Woods’ family. It appears to more clearly show that Mario Woods did not physically threaten officers before being shot. Warning, this is a graphic video.

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