San Francisco Community Angered Over Police Shooting

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

The San Francisco community is in an uproar because they believe a man was unjustly killed by police. Everything appeared to be going just fine on Saturday afternoon as uniformed police officers were in the midst of a routine fare inspection in the San Francisco Bayview District. Then, they came to a gentleman on the light rail they saw fit to detain. The man would not cooperate, and he ran away. As he fled from the scene, the police gave him a fatal gunshot in the back.  The Grio states:

NBC Bay Area reports that an amateur video shows a gun with a silver barrel and black handle lying on 3rd street not far from where the nineteen year old was shot. Community members are not so sure this is the case. Activist Misha Izari, whose son was shot and killed by Bayview police officers in 2001, says that cell phone video shot at the scene shows the man running away with his hands in the air, and that the gun found could not have been his.”

In protest of the shooting, a furious mob of people congregated  in the mission district overnight. They chanted “Cops, pigs, murders,” as they braved the night. According to The Grio, “the man shot on Saturday has not been identified by authorities. They say he might have been a person of interest in another shooting wherein a pregnant woman was killed. Community members still say that even if this is the case, he did not deserve to be murdered without fair trial.”

Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.

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