A 17-day hunger strike at San Francisco’s Mission District police station involving artists ended Saturday night.
The “Frisco Five” (#Frisco5), as the strikers have come to be known, include members of the Bay Area hip-hop community Ilyich Sato and Sellassie Blackwell, along with Edwin Lindo, Ike Pinkston and Maria Cristina Guttierrez.
The hunger strikers were calling for the resignation of police chief Greg Suhr in protest at the recent police shootings of several men from ethnic minority groups.
All five of the strikers remain in hospital where they were admitted Friday night for medical attention.
On Tuesday, May 3, the Frisco Five, in wheelchairs, led a group of protesters to San Francisco City Hall where they demanded to speak to mayor Ed Lee.