SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) — The San Francisco Board of Supervisors as we speak voted 9-1 in help of a memorial in Bernal Heights Park marking the demise of Alex Nieto, a person shot and killed by police in 2014.
The decision launched by Supervisor John Avalos doesn’t specify what type the memorial will take however requires the Recreation and Parks division to put in it alongside a paved path after a group session course of on the design.
Nieto, 28, was carrying a Taser stun gun in preparation for his job as a safety guard at a nightclub when he was shot and killed by police within the park on the night of March 21, 2014.
The capturing spurred anger locally and was the topic of a federal lawsuit alleging extreme pressure that went to trial earlier this yr.
Cops, who have been responding to a report of a person with a gun within the park, testified that Nieto had pointed the stun gun instantly at them and that they thought it was an actual gun.
An eight-member jury discovered the cops not responsible of wrongdoing in March.
Supervisor Mark Farrell, the lone vote towards the memorial, argued that approving the memorial despatched a message to cops that Nieto’s life was extra necessary than theirs.
“We don’t acknowledge the cops killed or injured defending residents,” Farrell stated. “Someway we’ve forgotten the debt we owe these women and men and somebody wants to face up for them.”
His assertion drew a robust response from a number of of his fellow board members. Supervisor Malia Cohen famous that she can be completely satisfied to sponsor a memorial for a police officer if the police made a request because the group had finished in Nieto’s case, nevertheless it was essential to honor victims of violence on each side of the fence.
Supervisor Aaron Peskin famous that he had attended police funerals and responded to the hospital prior to now when officers have been shot or injured.
“We will honor the women and men of the police division and the risks that they face and we will honor the women and men of our group who’re tragically killed, these are usually not unique issues,” Peskin stated.
Avalos, who knew Nieto as a younger man when he labored at Coleman Advocates for Youth, described Nieto as an “inquisitive and devoted” younger man who was fascinated with group service and dealing to turn into a youth probation officer.
Nieto’s mother and father, Elvira and Refugio, already make common journeys to the place on Bernal Hill the place he was shot, which is marked by a small shrine.
“That incident and the ache it’s created has had super reverberations,” Avalos stated. “Due to that ache there’s been an enormous want to seek out some sense of therapeutic at this spot.”