On Friday, the Associated Press reports, as several more cell-phone videos of the fatal police shooting of Mario Woods emerged, a lawyer representing Woods’ mother announced that she was filing a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of San Francisco.
Police responding to reports of a stabbing in the area shot and killed Woods early this month after he refused to drop a knife. Multiple video clips of the shooting have circulated on social media. The lawsuit filed by Gwendolyn Woods claims police used excessive force and violated her son’s civil rights, the San Francisco Examiner reports.
The San Francisco Police Department identified the five officers involved in the December 2nd shooting: Winson Seto; Antonio Santos; Charles August; Nicholas Cuevas; and Scott Phillips.
In announcing the $25 million lawsuit, attorney John Burris also released a video of the shooting not yet seen publicly. “[The video] gives you a clear view that at the time of the shooting, Mario Woods’ hands were at his side,” Burris said. Police created the deadly situation by “jumping in front of [Woods],” he added.