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Bay Area Mothers Demand Change From San Francisco District Attorney After Losing Sons to Police Shootings

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    A small, but determined group that calls itself Mothers on the March Against Police Murders conducted a sit-in at San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon's office. Scott Budman reports. (Published Friday, Nov. 4, 2016)

    Mothers, who say they represent Bay Area families who lost their sons to police shootings, don’t plan to rest until officers have been held responsible for their actions.

    On Friday, a small, but determined group that calls itself Mothers on the March Against Police Murders conducted a so-called sit-in at San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon’s office.

    The group, which included mothers and fathers, promised to hold weekly protests at the office until Gascon files charges against the officers involved. Participants said they want justice for young people, including Mario Woods, Alex Nieto and Kenneth Harding, Jr., who were killed by police officers.

    "No matter what happens, we're going to be here every single week and sit down in this office until he decides to file murder charges,” Elaine Brown said.

    The group held up signs and said today was just the beginning of the campaign.

    “Gascon has refused to charge these officers with murder because he says – in his own words, in a community meeting – he's looking for the perfect case,” said Maria Christina Gutierrez. “Well, there's no perfect case. There will never be a perfect case."

    Gascon did not meet the group’s members, so they left flyers on the walls of his office and said they will be back next Friday.

    Gascon’s office did not respond to NBC Bay Area’s request for comment.

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