Man allegedly stabbed by Mario Woods says he's 'forgotten' victim

Friday, February 5, 2016
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"Jacob," who was allegedly stabbed by Mario Woods, says he is the forgotten victim, the one who was attacked and the victim protesters and city officials have ignored.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- On Thursday, ABC7 News reporter Vic Lee had an exclusive interview with the man who was allegedly stabbed by Mario Woods. The victim did not want to be identified, instead going by the name "Jacob."

That interview is now generating response.

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"I'm trying to get my life together. My life has been a shambles since this happened," said Jacob.

The stabbing happened December 2, 2015, in San Francisco's Bayiew district, the day Woods was shot and killed by police.

Since the stabbing, Jacob is afraid people may want to harm him because the stabbing was the first in a sequence of events that ended with Mario Woods' death.

The officer involved shooting was captured on video, which went viral. Jacob says he was attacked, sitting in his car, for no reason at all.

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"I got stabbed by someone I don't even know and I don't have a beef with or anything like that," said Jacob, who was treated for stab wounds in his arm.

Jacob says he is the forgotten victim, the one who was attacked and the victim protesters and city officials have ignored.

"I acknowledge what they're doing trying to get justice, and everything, but at the same time, you have to realize there are victims of black on black crimes that I don't feel they acknowledge," he said.

"He's a victim, too. I feel for him just like I felt for Mario and for the officers," said Joe Marshall.

Marshall is a police commissioner and founder of the Omega Boys Club, a group that helps troubled youngsters.

Marshal says that Jacob has been victimized by the politics involved in the shooting of Mario Woods.

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"In this case, we had a young man, who was stabbed and almost killed, and we had a young man, who was actually killed and, they're both bad," said Marshall.

What also disturbs Jacob is the Day of Remembrance that the city's supervisors unanimously passed for Mario Woods.

Supervisor John Avalos says he feels sad for victims like Jacob, but he defends the board's action.

"This is not a case of ignoring a victim. This is case of when you see the most livid use of police force tormenting a community and killing a person and tormenting a community and that needs to be answered to," explained Avalos.

But what about some answers for Jacob? Since the attack, Jacob says he's trying to get his life back together.

He lost his job because his arm has not healed completely. He sleeps in his car or at a friend's place. And when he goes outside, he always looks over his shoulder.

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