Police chief threatened with death following tension over Mario Woods killing

San Francisco’s police chief received a death threat prompting the department to assign two officers and a squad car to his home, after recent outrage over the police killing of a man in the Bayview, the San Francisco Examiner has learned.

The threat comes at a tense time when public sentiment and anger is high regarding the death of Mario Woods, 26, and the department’s handling of the fallout.

Since the Dec. 2 shooting, in which five officers fired their weapons at Woods, killing him, Chief Greg Suhr has faced calls for his resignation and the vitriol of angry crowds.

At last week’s police commission meeting, numerous speakers called for Suhr to resign.

The killing has also prompted Mayor Ed Lee to involve himself in a way that is unusual by publicly calling for reforms in policies around use of force.

The department would not comment on if there was a threat made to Suhr, but police sources say a squad car would not have been assigned to his home if the threat was not credible.

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