Potrero Hill residents expressed their frustration to police about their relationship with law enforcement at a town hall meeting Monday night following last week's shooting of 30-year-old Jason Seymour.
Members of the community felt police did not have enough proof that Seymour actually had a gun when he was shot.
Many said that, especially with the recent installation of some 50 surveillance cameras in the area, police should be able to provide the community with video evidence that corroborates what police and witnesses say happened. Seymour survived the shooting.
About 7:50 p.m. Thursday, Seymour and three other men were reportedly acting suspiciously in the 900 block of Connecticut Street. Plainclothes officers on patrol in the area tried to intervene, but as the officers approached someone yelled “narcs,” Police Chief Greg Suhr said Monday. The group then broke up.
Two of the four men were detained and released, and another man, identified as 51-year-old Ricky Potts, was arrested on drug possession charges. He was reportedly carrying 3.2 grams of crack cocaine and 2 grams of marijuana, Suhr said.
Seymour, the fourth man, did not walk away from the scene but was not turned toward the approaching officer, identified by police as veteran cop Ed Ochoa. He asked Seymour to face him.
As Seymour turned around, it appeared he was trying to pull something out of his pocket, Suhr said. The item turned out to be a gun. When Ochoa realized that, he reportedly yelled, “Gun, gun, gun!”
Seymour reportedly did not drop the weapon and so Ochoa fired four shots, one of which struck Seymour in the waist area, Suhr said. He remains in the hospital in stable condition.
Police said they found 3.1 grams of heroin and 2.2 grams of methamphetamine, along with a loaded gun, on the ground near Seymour.
Upon release from the hospital, Seymour will face charges related to gun and drug possession and resisting arrest.
Police said they do have some video evidence of the incident and are looking for more. And although the entire incident could not be seen on the footage they have, what can be seen lines up with their account.
The video evidence will not be released to the public at this time.
A woman who only identified herself as the sister of a man fatally shot by police in April 2013 said it did not matter if a suspect had a gun or not and that police never told her why her brother was killed.
In that case, 60-year-old Dale Wilkerson was fatally shot by police after he reportedly charged toward officers with a claw hammer. Wilkerson was alleged to have stabbed his brother-in-law before police arrived.
As cops were providing aid to the stabbing victim, Wilkerson reportedly charged at them with the hammer. And after refusing to drop it, he was fatally shot by police.
At the meeting Monday night, the woman said, “He did not have a gun … but he was killed.”