KILLINGS BY LAW ENFORCEMENT, SAN FRANCISCO
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Members of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project see the recent murders of of Alex Nieto and Amilcar López-Pérez by the San Francisco Police Department as intimately linked to the hyper-gentrification of the San Francisco Bay Area. Both were shot for being brown in neighborhoods being gentrified and losing their Latino populations. While Alex Nieto was simply sitting on a park bench in Bernal Heights eathing his lunch when shot multiple times by four SFPD officers, Amilcar López-Pérez, a Guatemalan immigrant minding his own business in the Mission, was killed by two undercovers and then framed as a bike thief by the police. His roommates, facing eviction in March 2015, came forward in fear of risking deportation, and explained that police walked into a crime in progress and confused López-Pérez as a suspect. López-Pérez was indigenous and from Chiquimula, and as the oldest of three sons he was the main economic supporter of his family.
We created this map in memory of Alex, Amilicar, and all those killed by the police here in the Bay Area and across the United States.
A database by the Petrelis Files has found 168 people killed by the SFPD since 1939. Our research in historical newspaper databases found additional unlisted killings by law enforcement since 1985, indicating that there are most likely many more deaths by law enforcement yet to be exhumed. If you know of a death that we did not report, email us to report it and we can add it to our map.
The FaceBook page Killed by Police writes: "At least 726 people have been killed by U.S. police since January 1, 2014. At least 1475 have been killed since May 1, 2013. At least 1087 were killed May 1, 2013 - May 1, 2014. Source: Police reports via corporate news reports."
We encourage people to add to their databases. We also implore people to file public records requests of local and state police agencies for stats on civilians killed by police.