A group of hunger strikers outside a San Francisco police station snubbed Mayor Ed Lee Monday.
Lee’s staffers stopped by Mission Police Station where the protest is on day 12. Participating activists are demanding that Police Chief Greg Suhr step down or be fired over recent controversial police shootings.
Strikers, however, refused to meet Lee who they say didn’t come outside to speak to them. Instead, he stayed inside the building for roughly 30 minutes, displaying what one protester called a “blatant disregard” for the activists.
“We never saw him,” Edwin Lindo said. “We only spoke with his aides and they said, ‘The mayor is ready to meet you.’ We’re not speaking to a mobster. We’re speaking to the mayor of this beautiful city. He doesn’t even have the audacity to come outside and meet the hunger strikers that have been here for 12 days.”
The strikers plan to meet Lee Tuesday on their own terms when they march to City Hall.
The ongoing strike is fueled, in part, by the Dec. 2 fatal police shooting of Mario Woods in the Bayview District.
Woods, who police allege was armed with a knife and was a suspect in a stabbing that occurred earlier that day, was surrounded and shot by five officers near a busy Municipal Railway stop.
Video of the shooting circulated widely on social media, fueling public controversy over police use of force.