Particulars, Video Emerge In San Francisco Police Deadly Taking pictures Of Ajmal Amani In SoMa Residential Resort – CBS San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – San Francisco police on Wednesday released additional details – including a body-worn camera video – relating to a fatal police shooting in the South of Market neighborhood last week.
Chief Bill Scott and other department officials held a virtual town hall on Wednesday, the death of 41-year-old Ajmal Amani, Friday November 19.
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“Without rushing to judge the appropriateness of the violence used in this particular incident, on behalf of all of us in our department, I can express our condolences to Mr. Amani’s family, friends and loved ones for the loss suffered. “Said Scott in town hall.
According to Commander Paul Yep, officers were called to a residential hotel on the 900 block of Folsom Street shortly after 8 a.m. on Friday because a man was holding a knife. The caller said she couldn’t stay on the phone because the man “put a knife in my face”.
When two officers arrived, they found the caller and another victim who said they had also been threatened with a knife. Both victims are said to be employees of the hotel.
Yep said the officers then went to Amani’s room and found a man who matched Amani’s appearance at the end of the hall, who yelled and pointed at the officers before moving back out of sight.
The video shows the officers then going back to the victims and standing in the hallway saying they wanted to speak to Amani.
Yep said at the time that one officer had drawn his department-issued pistol while the second officer was armed with something called a “beanbag weapon.” The first officer then requested additional resources, including a nearby ambulance, as well as a tactical shield that the commander said was compatible with SFPD training.
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About a minute later, Yep said that Amani then stepped back into the hallway, screaming and brandishing a knife. Then he charged the officers with the knife.
Yep said when Amani got closer, both police officers fired their guns and hit Amani who fell to the ground. Amani was shot four times by the officer with the pistol and three times by the officer with the beanbag bullets.
Videos show officers asking Amani to speak to them, but they continued to keep their distance. Minutes later, more officers with a tactical shield approached Amani and secured the knife. Officers and medical personnel then provided assistance.
Yep said Amani was taken to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The officer who fired his department-issued firearm was identified at City Hall as Officer John Quinlan, while the officer who fired the beanbag gun was identified as Officer Danny De Leon Garcia.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Amani was a former Afghan interpreter for the US special forces and had to contend with the post-traumatic stress regime. In 2019, Amani was charged with assault and fatality for allegedly slitting a city park ranger with a box cutter.
The newspaper reported that Amani was ordered to undergo a mental diversion, which he completed that year and lived in a hotel room rented by the city.
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The fatal shootout by an officer is still under investigation.