San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Police Chief Greg Suhr woke up to a rousing chorus of demonstrators Monday morning, joining the growing chorus urging their respective resignations.
Protesters lined the block where Suhr lives with a small row of effigies of dead bodies and invited the mayor to sit at their table — a literal breakfast table, which they set up in front of his home.
Some 50 members of Asians for Black Lives and other community activist groups showed up outside Lee’s home around 6 a.m. in honor of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., demanding that Suhr and the officers who shot and killed Mario Woods, Amilcar Perez-Lopez and Alex Nieto be “terminated.”
Five police officers opened fire on Woods in the Bayview last December, fatally striking him. Two plainclothes officers shot and killed Perez-Lopez last summer in the Mission. In 2014, Nieto was killed by several officers on Bernal Hill. Police said Woods and Perez-Lopez had knives, while Nieto carried a stun gun.
Daylight had not yet crept through the 100 block of Hamerton Avenue, where Lee lives, when protesters began to chant “Rise up, Ed Lee rise up.” At some point, a white van sped around the corner and unloaded a table with chairs that five demonstrators chained themselves to, leaving one seat open for Lee.
“We want you to come out and have breakfast with us so we can talk,” Alvina Wong, 27, called out to Lee.
It has become abundantly in 2016 clear that Black Lives Matter and the movement to end institutional racism is not going anywhere.