Judge: Video ‘casts doubt’ on police account of killing
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge says video of a racially charged, fatal San Francisco police shooting “casts doubt” on officers’ accounts that a 26-year-old black man was moving quickly toward them when they shot.
Five officers shot Mario Woods a combined 21 times in December 2015, saying he refused to drop a kitchen knife. Woods was suspected of stabbing a man.
His death touched off weeks of protests over police treatment of minorities and led to a wrongful death lawsuit by Woods’ family.
U.S. District Judge William Orrick cited the videos Tuesday when he refused to toss out the lawsuit against the officers. KQED Radio was first to report the ruling.
Lawyers for the city had sought dismissal of the lawsuit by arguing the officers acted reasonably.