No Charges for SFPD Officers in 2015 Fatal Shooting

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A San Francisco police car sits parked in front of the Hall of Justice on February 27, 2014 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The two San Francisco police officers involved in the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Amilcar Perez Lopez in the Mission District in 2015 will not face criminal charges. District Attorney George Gascon announced his decision Wednesday, citing insufficient evidence and statements from officers that Lopez may have attacked another man and lunged toward the police officers with a knife before he was shot. Critics have called the shooting an example of excessive force, pointing to evidence that Lopez was shot in the back. The controversy contributed to the resignation of former Police Chief Greg Suhr, who remains listed as a defendant in a civil case tied to the shooting.


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Alex Emslie, reporter, KQED News