The fatal shooting of Mario Woods is renewing calls for Tasers and leading to changes in the department's reporting requirements for use of force.
The funeral for Mario Woods was held in a Bayview church just across the street from where he lost his life earlier this month.
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The 26-year-old man mourners remembered was nothing like the suspect who police say stabbed someone, then threatened officers with a knife.
"I hope people remember he was a human being, not just some black kid in the ghetto," said Damien Posey, a friend of the victim.
The fatal police shooting captured on cellphone videos has outraged those who say it's clear Woods was no threat.
"You know we talk about terrorism, but for the African American community this is terrorism," said Carol Tatum, a community activist.
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At the emotional service, speaker after speaker denounced the police saying Mario Woods did not deserve to die. One friend wrote a poem.
"Mario got a body bag instead of a citation. That man got gunned down like a slave on a plantation," said Eric Jones, a friend of Woods.
The mother of Mario Woods says her son paid his dues, was doing right, was walking away from SFPD. pic.twitter.com/U6oDr2rd6j— carolyn tyler (@ctylerabc7) December 17, 2015
San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr offered condolences to Gwendolyn Woods for the loss of her child. She eulogized her son calling him a good soul and though he had been in trouble with the law in the past, his mother said he had "paid his due" and was turning his life around.
"He was no one to fear, no one to run and hide from. He was trying to get away. So can you explain to me, make me undertand that it was in their right to kill my baby," Gwendolyn Woods said.
She has filed a civil rights suit against the city. And supporters promise to continue to protest.
Mario Wood's mom says her son did not deserve to be "shot down like a dog" by SFPD. Police say he threatened w/knife pic.twitter.com/Vw9cbDeFlZ— carolyn tyler (@ctylerabc7) December 17, 2015
Other mothers who've lost children embrace the Mother of Mario Woods during his funeral service. pic.twitter.com/cSxP91cIW4— carolyn tyler (@ctylerabc7) December 17, 2015
Mario Wood's Mother comes forward during the funeral of her son-shot by police-say he threatened them with a knife pic.twitter.com/GxXjzJGUtE— carolyn tyler (@ctylerabc7) December 17, 2015
Mourners prepare for the funeral of Mario Woods. His shooting by SF police officers is leading to policy changes. pic.twitter.com/WqBFq1BLxx— carolyn tyler (@ctylerabc7) December 17, 2015
Here is full video of the San Francisco police shooting of Mario Woods that happened on Dec. 2, 2015. Warning: This video contains graphic content and strong language
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