Keita O’Neil’s family calls for packing the courtroom Friday, May 6, for police officer Samayoa’s hearing

DA’s office releases new video summarizing O’Neil story, his murder at the hands of Officer Samayoa and the fight for justice

San Francisco —  Family members of Keita O’Neil, an unarmed Black man shot dead by police officer Chris Samayoa in the Bayview District in 2017, are calling on members of the public to show up at the May 6 continuance hearing moving forward charges against Samayoa. 

Samayoa has been charged with voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, assault with a semiautomatic firearm, assault by a police officer and discharge of a firearm with gross negligence for shooting and killing O’Neil as he ran past a police car. 

The family says it is critical that the public show up to demonstrate the widespread public support for holding former police officer Chris Samayoa accountable for the killing of Keita O’Neil. 

WHEN: Friday, May 6. 9:00 a.m. PT

WHERE: Hall of Justice. 850 Bryant St., Dept 20. San Francisco, CA 94103

Ahead of the hearing, the family, in partnership with Brave New Films, the nonprofit film production company led by director Robert Greenwald, released a new video detailing Keita O’Neil’s story, his murder at the hands of police, and how San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin made the groundbreaking decision to charge police officer Chris Samayoa for his murder. 

The footage was compiled by Brave New Films for an upcoming documentary on the life of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin.

“The police union will do everything to delay and deny my family justice, as they have been doing for five years,” explained April Green, Keita O’Neils aunt. “Please come and show up. It’s urgent for San Franciscans to take a stand and fight back.”