Mother of Mario Woods to Receive $400K Settlement From City

The settlement is notably larger than other similar cases in recent years.

A federal judge allowed a lawsuit by Gwen Woods, mother of Mario Woods, seen here with civil rights attorney John Burris, to go to trial. (Photo by Jessica Christian)

San Francisco has agreed on a $400,000 settlement to the mother of Mario Woods due to a lawsuit filed after police fatally shot her son more than three years ago.

The agreement was made between the city and Gwendolyn Woods in March, though the amount was not publicly disclosed at the time. It now awaits final approval from the Board of Supervisors, where it was introduced on Tuesday.

On Dec. 2, 2015, five officers shot and killed 26-year-old Woods after he allegedly stabbed another man. The shooting was captured on video and shared widely on social media, which sparked outrage nationwide and put the police department under the federal government’s spotlight. Then-Police Chief Greg Suhr later resigned. 

A lawsuit became the main recourse for Gwendolyn Woods after District Attorney George Gascón announced in May 2018 that he would not file charges against the officers who fatally shot her son in 2015, nor the officers who shot and killed Luis Góngora Pat in 2016. The latter’s family reached a $140,000 settlement with the city in April. 

It’s also a notably larger settlement than the 2015 shooting of Amilcar Perez-Lopez. The family of the 20-year-old Guatemalan native received $275,000 last year.

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