Mayor Lee's Statement on San Francisco Police Officer Involved Shooting & Call For Office of Citizen Complaints Investigation
Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement after a San Francisco police officer involved shooting on 19th Street in the Mission neighborhood resulted in the death of an individual:
“We are all striving to make sure officer involved shootings are rare and only occur as a last resort. And, while we don’t know all the facts of this morning’s officer involved shooting, we do know that Homeless Outreach workers providing services to homeless people in the area called the police for help after encountering a person armed with a knife.
There are now two investigations underway by the Police Department and the District Attorney, and today, I am asking the Office of Citizen Complaints to launch their own independent investigation.
The San Francisco Police Department takes their responsibility of protecting the public very seriously, and that’s why we are undertaking a complete top to bottom review of all San Francisco Police Department policies, practices, and procedures dealing with the use of force. Reforms will ensure officers have the training and equipment necessary to protect our communities, keep our City safe and protect the safety of our officers.
Police reforms include a review by our nation’s highest law enforcement authority, the U.S. Department of Justice, and require all of us, from advocates, City officials, community members and police officers alike, to work together.”
Go to Mayor Lee’s police reforms for more information.