"Don't give my story nonchalantly," Gwendolyn Woods pleaded to a bank of television cameras and reporters Tuesday outside San Francisco's Hall of Justice. For nearly 10 minutes, she spoke about how she has been affected by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón's decision last week to not criminally charge police officers who fatally shot her son.
Gwendolyn Woods doesn't protest weekly, as some people do in the name of Mario Woods. She has given few public statements about how her son's death on Dec. 2, 2015, changed her life, but she did share some of her pain in an in-depth profile published by the California Sunday Magazine last year.
Flanked by her attorney and family members of Luis Góngora -- whose case Gascón also closed last week with no criminal charges -- Gwendolyn Woods started with an attempt to set the record straight.
"I'm not OK with this, Gascón," she said. "You executed him all over again. I’m going to always say this: He was the best of me. People ask. He had empathy, that’s why. If he would have been in that situation, he would have said, 'Let’s try and talk him off a ledge.' No, you guys didn’t. 'Cause you’re so full of hate."
Woods at times paused, tapping her foot and seeming to hold back tears. Her voice rose to a screech of anger.