San Francisco Police Chief resigns under pressure from Mayor

May 19, 2016 9:41 PM by Debbie Cobb

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's police chief has resigned at the request of the mayor hours after an officer fatally shot a young black woman driving a stolen car and amid other racial issues.

Pressure had been mounting for the resignation of Chief Greg Suhr since December, when five officers fatally shot a young black man carrying a knife.

Mayor Ed Lee stood behind the chief after the shooting and later when it was disclosed in April that three officers had exchanged racist text messages.

But the mayor said he asked for the chief's resignation Thursday after a sergeant shot and killed a 27-year-old woman as he tried to pull her out of a stolen car she had crashed into a parked truck.

Lee appointed Suhr as chief in 2011. He was a 34-year veteran of the department.


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