Police Chief Greg Suhr attempted to explain the shooting death of a man by police in the Bayview neighborhood that drew ire nationwide after video of the incident was widely circulated on social media.

Dozens of community members packed a room at the City College of San Francisco southeast facility, calling for Suhr’s resignation as he told the crowd that officers fatally shot Mario Woods, 26, “in defense” of both themselves and bystanders at the scene.

Woods died shortly after at least five officers fired at him about 15 times in the Bayview neighborhood about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Suhr said Friday that his officers had no choice but to use their firearms after attempts to disarm Woods with beanbag rounds and pepper spray were unsuccessful.

He presented a blown-up frame from a video taken by a civilian that he said showed Woods’ arm outstretched, proof that he was pointing his knife at the officer.

The meeting quickly devolved into cries of “bull—!” from community members.


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