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Police show footage of officers shooting Ajmal Amani during tense community meeting

November 24, 2021

Ajmal Amani may have been suffering from a mental health crisis when he was shot by two officers on November 19 at the Covered Wagon Hotel in SoMa. During a virtual community meeting held on Wednesday afternoon, the SFPD confirmed that Officer John Quinlan fired the weapon that killed Amani, while Officer Danny De Leon Garcia fired a pellet gun. .

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Amani, 41, had brandished a knife on the morning of Nov. 19 and engaged in heated interactions with staff at the CW Hotel on Folsom Street near Fifth Street. The hotel provides transitional housing for people who have been involved in the criminal justice system or who have been released from prison.

Amani had a history of mental health issues, confirmed by her case manager, who called 911 from the hotel. The case manager told the dispatcher that Amani had PTSD and might be suffering from a psychotic episode. Amani was previously an interpreter for the US government in Afghanistan.

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