Supervisor Malia Cohen, whose District 10 includes the Bayview, said she sees a connection between Woods' killing and controversial officer-involved shootings elsewhere.
“Over the last year or so, we've seen a tremendous number of horrific events where police officers have killed or seriously injured young -- frankly, mostly African-American and other minority men -- and it's really unfortunate that we have an example right here in our own community," Cohen said.
She said incidents like the Woods killing demonstrate a need to approach policing differently.
“I would say there has to be a better way. We have to find a more humane way to police communities," Cohen said.
That would include police practice and training policies designed to increase community trust in officers. And she said more transparency is needed, too.
Earlier this year, Cohen sponsored a measure that requires the Police Department and the San Francisco Sheriff's Department to report the race, age and gender of all those stopped in traffic or detained, as well as the outcome of the encounter. The first of those reports is due in May.
In the more immediate future, Cohen is urging a measured community response to the Woods shooting.
“I want people to be able to grieve and grieve openly," she said. "But I'd like them to do it in a peaceful, nonviolent way.”
"As you can imagine, community folks are heartbroken. They want justice. They have lots of questions, and they want to see some level of change" in the treatment of communities of color by police and the justice system.
Suhr's planned "town hall meeting" to discuss the Woods case will provide a barometer of the community's response. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. at San Francisco City College's Southeast Campus, 1800 Oakdale Ave.