Police Kill Unarmed Woman; Suhr Resigns
None were enough to convince Mayor Ed Lee that the San Francisco Police Department has a problem.
But shit adds up. The lies, the murders, the marches, and the screaming – they add up. And today, when police murdered an unarmed black woman in the Bayview, the shit finally came crashing down right the fuck onto Ed Lee’s face.
In what amounts to an admission of abject failure, Lee asked Greg Suhr to resign as San Francisco’s Chief of Police. That Suhr wasn’t fired outright speaks to Lee’s inability to grasp the depth of the issue — but not nearly as loudly as his statement to the press:
“The past several months have shaken and divided our City, and tensions between law enforcement and communities of color that have simmered for too many years have come into full view,” Lee said.
“Though the facts are still emerging, we know that this morning, a young woman of color was killed in an officer-involved shooting in the Bayview. The community is grieving, and I join them in that grief.”
So Ed, if you happen to stumble across this, here’s some news that might be hard to hear: this is not your city. When citizens wrote to you, you didn’t read. When they screamed, you didn’t listen. When they marched, you hid. When they asked for compassion, you destroyed their homes. When they came to your door out of fear for the lives of their friends and families and neighbors, you didn’t let them in. You are a money-blind old man and you are a coward.
As a failure, you are legendary. As a man, you’ve got work to do.
Something tells me you might have plenty of time for self-reflection coming up soon.
And to you, ol’ Greg, well—may you experience a deep and profound realization of the blood on your hands. I wish you nothing but the worst. So long, you piece of shit.