A San Francisco police officer fatally shot a 27-year-old black woman on Thursday after finding her behind the wheel of a stolen car that was involved in an accident, according to ABC. The woman reportedly crashed the car into a truck after attempting to drive off when police spotted the stolen vehicle parked in the Bayview section of San Francisco. As several San Francisco Police Department officers tried to pull the woman from the vehicle, one officer reportedly fired a single shot into the car and struck the woman. She was rushed to the hospital and later pronounced dead.
Shortly after the shooting occurred, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr was forced to resign by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, according to The East Bay Times. Lee announced Suhr’s resignation at a press conference and revealed he would be replacing him with the department’s current Deputy Chief Toney Chaplin.
“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 District,” he said. “These officer-involved shootings, justified or not, have forced our city to open its eyes to questions of when and how police use lethal force. For the last many months, every day, I have asked myself, ‘Is the path to reform best advanced by our current Department leadership?'”
The San Francisco Police Department has had several issues with race relations over the last year. In December, six San Francisco police officers fatally shot a black man. In April, Suhr released the transcripts of racist and homophobic texts exchanged by members of the department.
The San Francisco Police Department and Mayor Ed Lee’s office did not immediately return Complex’s request for comment.
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