Fatal SFPD Shooting of Homeless Man Latest Incident in Police Use-of-Force Debate

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On Thursday, San Francisco police shot and killed a homeless man wielding a knife in the city's Mission District. The shooting comes in the wake of proposals by Police Chief Greg Suhr and Mayor Ed Lee to reform SFPD's use-of- force policies. Those proposed changes came after another controversial police killing -- that of 26-year-old Mario Woods, who was also armed with a knife. The U.S. Department of Justice launched a review of SFPD in February. We get an update on SFPD's community relations and use-of-force in light of this latest shooting.


Alex Emslie, reporter, KQED News

Jennifer Friedenbach, executive director, Coalition on Homelessness; member of the San Francisco Police Department's working group on use-of-force; member of the San Francisco Police Department's Crisis Intervention Team advisory board

James Dudley, retired deputy chief of patrol, San Francisco Police Department; teaches criminal justice at San Francisco State University