DOJ probe should answer unknown

“Woods autopsy reveals drugs, 20 bullet wounds,” Crime Ink, Feb. 12

DOJ probe should answer unknown

I have viewed the YouTube video of the killing of 26-year-old Mario Woods on Dec. 2, 2015, in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood by five San Francisco police officers. The autopsy report shows that Woods suffered at least 20 bullet wounds, many of them in the back.

In the video, Woods is against a wall supposedly carrying a knife, but appears not to comprehend what was happening. This is understandable considering that the autopsy showed the presence of methamphetamine, marijuana, antidepressants and cough medicine in his system.

Woods was allegedly responsible for an earlier stabbing, but at the time of the shooting the police did not appear to be in imminent danger of attack by Woods. It was as if Woods was facing a firing squad or an execution, if you will.

What concerns me is that San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr so quickly called the shooting justifiable, and the Police Officers Association right on cue voiced support for the police officers involved, whom, I understand, are back on the job.

The whole ugly incident does not give citizens of San Francisco much confidence in our police department, the POA or the Board of Supervisors for their day of remembrance for Mario Woods, before all the facts were in.

Luckily, there will be a much-needed U.S. Department of Justice investigation of the San Francisco police force. Hopefully, this investigation and the federal lawsuit against the City of San Francisco, on behalf of the family of Mario Woods, will replace the too-quick-to-judge responses with facts.

Ralph E. Stone

San Francisco

“Judge who ruled on racist text case set to retire,” Crime Ink, Feb. 9

Poor judgment

The “early” retirement of Judge Ernest K. Goldsmith should be welcome to San Franciscans. He is a Republican judge who imperially presided in the San Francisco Superior Court’s critically important Law & Motion Department.

My personal experience with him, as a pro se plaintiff, was entirely negative. He summarily ruled against me and in favor of a city agency without providing any legal analysis.

When I complained to Chief Judge John Stewart about this unethical conduct, Judge Stewart, also a conservative, attempted to short-circuit my complaint before summarily supporting Judge Goldsmith’s white-wash decision.

How does liberal San Francisco get these reactionary judges?

John M. Kelly

San Francisco


“Room to spare,” The City, Feb. 17

Waste of money

How on earth does 150 beds in a warehouse cost taxpayers $10,000 a piece for two months. ($1.5 million for 150 beds till March 31).

The taxpayers are being fleeced by The City under the guise of helping the homeless.

That is awful.

Tim Donnelly

San Francisco

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