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On May 5, 2004, San Francisco police shot and killed Cammerin Boyd, a disabled African American man. Boyd, 29, had two prosthetic legs. Witnesses say Boyd was surrendering with his hands in the air when he was shot. Police say Boyd appeared to be reaching for a weapon. The community needs to know what happened on May 5, 2004, and stiff punishment is necessary if there was police misconduct.
The San Francisco Police Department is notorious for failing to police its own. The Department routinely states that it is investigating shootings, but final reports on shootings are long-delayed. Endless investigations ensure that no information will be made public. As recently reported in the Bay Guardian, the SFPD still has not even completed an investigation of the police shooting of 23-year-old Idriss Stelley. Stelley was shot more than 20 times at the Sony Metreon over three years ago.
Civil rights leaders in San Francisco are demanding an independent and prompt investigation of the Boyd shooting and accountability for the officers involved. The SFPD claims that it has been investigating the shooting, but no official findings have been released. Police Chief Heather Fong has not filed charges with the Police Commission.
San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris should promptly investigate the shooting of Cammerin Boyd and prosecute any officers guilty of criminal misconduct. Harris won praise from civil rights advocates for standing up to the San Francisco police in recent months. She withstood police demands that she seek the death penalty for the alleged killer of an undercover SFPD officer, standing by her opposition to the death penalty. Harris now has another opportunity to demonstrate her commitment to justice by making sure that the police are held accountable for the shooting of Cammerin Boyd.
Please contact District Attorney Harris to demand that her office take action on this police shooting.