Chief: Slain Latino man told in Spanish to drop his knife

Apr 13, 2016 7:14 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's police chief says an officer told a homeless Latino man in Spanish to drop his knife before police officers shot him to death.

Police Chief Greg Suhr told a largely hostile community meeting Wednesday in the Mission District, a heavily Latino neighborhood, the officer gave 45-year-old man Luis Gongora the command before he was shot dead on April 7, but conceded the incident unfolded rapidly..

Two witnesses say police used only English in their brief interaction with Gongora after responding to reports of a mentally unstable man waving a knife near a homeless encampment. They also say Gongora had the knife tucked into his waistband when shot.

Suhr says that other witnesses gave conflicting accounts, including reports that Gongora lunged at officers with the knife before he was shot six times.

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