Family of Guatamalan man shot and killed by SFPD plans to sue The City 

Frank Lara
  • Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo
  • Frank Lara of the ANSWER Coalition spoke to those gathered outside a town hall meeting on March 3 over the death of Amilcar Perez-Lopez, who was shot by police.

The family of a Guatemalan immigrant shot and killed by police early this year plan to file a civil rights lawsuit against The City, claiming the police fabricated a story “to shelter the shooting officers from prosecution.”

Attorneys for the family are requesting a federal investigation into the February incident in the Mission district, where police said two plainclothes officers shot Amilcar Perez-Lopez six times in self-defense, killing him. Lopez is alleged to have lunged at officers with a knife.

Attorneys Arnoldo Casillas, Jonathan Melrod and Bill Simpich claim their own investigation — which included an autopsy, eyewitness interviews and photographs — found Lopez never put the officers in danger.

Lopez “was not attacking the officers — but rather fleeing from the officers after having dropped the knife,” a statement from the legal team read. “This evidence unmistakably confirms that the killing … was absolutely unjustified.”

On Friday, attorneys will ask Police Chief Greg Suhr to recant the police version of the incident.

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