Lawsuit in Mario Woods Shooting Can Proceed, As Video Throws SFPD Account into Question

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A federal judge said Tuesday that a newly unsealed video casts doubt on statements made by San Francisco police officers about the deadly 2015 police shooting of Mario Woods. The video, taken by a Muni bus driver and obtained by KQED, appears to show Woods “take four slow steps with his right shoulder up against the building, walking with a heavy limp,” Judge William Orrick wrote in his ruling. Officers’ statements after the shooting say Woods was moving quickly toward an officer with a knife when police opened fire. Orrick ruled that a civil lawsuit filed by Mario Woods’ mother, Gwendolyn Woods, can go to trial.


(Warning: disturbing content -- profanity and graphic violence) Newly Unsealed Video of Mario Woods Shooting

Judge William Orrick's Ruling


Alex Emslie, criminal justice reporter, KQED