Officers didn’t appear to be in danger

“Suhr claims video shows Mario Woods with raised knife; community in disbelief,” Crime Ink, Dec. 4
Officers didn’t appear to be in danger

The picture taken just prior to surrounding police shooting and killing the knife-wielding suspect [Mario Woods] serves more a vision of a firing-squad than that of an arrest attempt.

With so much fire power present and at such close proximity, I doubt there would have been mortal injury, had there been an attempt to render the man weaponless.

William J. Coburn
San Francisco

“SFPD officers shoot, kill man in Bayview,” Crime Ink, Dec. 3
Police prefer lethal weapons

Our politicos prohibit a less-than-lethal police tool like the Taser because they don’t want the occasional tased person to die from a heart attack, but they clearly prefer that police shoot and kill people wielding knives.

I guess it saves us taxpayers the money of a trial and is a lot quicker for our police? Such logic is Kafkaesque.

Ann Grogan
San Francisco

“Mayor calls for increased affordable housing mandate from private developers,” The City, Dec. 2
Rethink affordable housing

In regards to affordable housing in San Francisco, it should be: build, build, build!

Nothing is being done fast enough. It’s a joke. I grew up in lower Nob Hill and the Tenderloin and when I heard they are building group housing for tech workers instead of affordable housing on Turk Street I was shocked. All lots in the Tenderloin should go to building affordable housing.

The City really needs to rethink that. It’s not fair to low-income Tenderloin residents.

Ariel Vitale
San Francisco

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