San Francisco hunger strikers protesting SFPD hospitalized

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Friday, May 6, 2016
This image shows the five protesters on a hunger striker, known as the Frisco 5, during a protest in San Francisco May 3, 3016.
This image shows the five protesters on a hunger striker, known as the Frisco 5, during a protest in San Francisco May 3, 3016.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Five people dubbed the #Frisco5, have been hospitalized following their hunger strike to protest fatal shootings by SFPD and calling for the ouster of the city's police chief, Greg Suhr.

They have been hospitalized due to their deteriorating health.

Hundreds of protesters came to San Francisco City Hall on Tuesday afternoon in support of hunger strikers calling for the ouster of the city's police chief and interrupted a Board of Supervisors meeting to shout their demands.

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"This mayor's a complete disgrace and if anyone doesn't see that then they don't know what's going on," said Sallssie Striker, one of the hunger strikers, on Tuesday. "This is the most despicable mayor and we are putting our line on the line and tehy going going out."

The protesters then entered City Hall and stood outside the door to the mayor's office, where they were told by a staffer that Lee was not inside.

Some of the protesters then went into the Board of Supervisors chambers and called for the supervisors to make the mayor fire Suhr.

"Now is the time to take action," one protester said at the meeting. "People are dying literally across the hall, they're withering away. Are you ready to do something?"

Board president London Breed then called for a recess of the meeting while chanting continued.

The protesters hoped to meet with the mayor following recent fatal shootings by police officers in San Francisco, including of Mario Woods by several officers in the Bayview District in December. Bystanders captured that shooting on video and it circulated widely on social media.

"I'm tired, I'm tired, my body hurts, my muscles are sore. This crowd, the people, they lift you up but you crash every day and I don't know how long I'm going to last," said Edwin Lindo, a hunger striker.

Jose Hernandez, a Daly City resident also at the protest, questioned why police didn't use crisis negotiators in cases like Woods' before opening fire and said the shootings are an example of injustice in the city.

"San Francisco is the most beautiful city aesthetically, but not in a social or economic way," Hernandez said.

Protesters continued on to a scheduled forum hosted by San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr and the City's public defender Jeff Adachi. It was then announced the event was canceled, but later Adachi welcomed protesters to join in in a conversation on police accountability at Congregation Sherith Israel in Pacific Heights. Suhr would not be attending the event.