Greg Suhr, who resigned his position as the Chief of Police at the mayor's request last week, never fired his gun while on duty. That's common. The "vast majority" of San Francisco police officers go their entire careers without firing a weapon.
Using medical examiner records, district attorney reports, and police data, the Chronicle offers that information and more in a look at 15 years of police shootings in San Francisco, spanning the years 2000 to 2015.
Last year there was a spike in such fatal shootings. The department's officers shot and killed six people, which Suhr acknowledged was too many. “If we can have less of them,” he said of police shootings in an exclusive sit-down with the Chronicle before his resignation, “it’s a good thing for everybody.”
Still, of the roughly 2,200 officers on the force, just 160 have been involved in a shooting, and just six were involved in more than one. Most of the shootings since 2000 have been of suspects who were reportedly armed, from guns (the most common) to moving vehicles and knives.
Here, those numbers from 2000-2015.
- 95: The number of reported police shootings involving SFPD officers.
- 40: The number of those shootings that were fatal.
- 16: The number of fatal shootings from 2011 to 2015, the highest in the Bay Area over that period.
- 11: The number of shootings where those who were shot were not known to be armed. Two of those were fatal.
- 874: The number of use-of-force incidents in 2009
- 1,051: The number of use-of-force incidents in 2015. Incidents had doubled in the TL and increased by 50 percent in the Mission District since 2009.
- 60: The percent of people fatally shot in San Francisco with mental health problems, or who at the time they were shot were in crisis or acting erratically.
- 4: The number of officer-involved shootings found to be in violation of departmental policy.
- 0: The number of officer-involved shootings that have resulted in criminal charges against officers.