Instagram Videos Show San Francisco Police Officers Laughing About Shooting Suspects

Disciplinary action could be taken against the officers, the department said in a press release

Two short video clips posted to social media Friday appear to show a pair of San Francisco police officers laughing and joking about shooting suspects, and police said they are hoping to learn more about the video.

The videos posted to Instagram appear to show two SFPD officers in a doughnut shop having a discussion about evidence they would or wouldn't want captured on body cameras. The video was accompanied by a caption that said it was recorded at the Happy Donuts location near 24th and Church streets, which a store employee confirmed to NBC Bay Area on Friday.

In the video, the officers discuss how they want to make sure suspects pointing a gun at them are captured on video when shot but not suspects putting their hands up.

"What you want on video is the guy holding the gun still going (inaudible) still pointing at you."

They laugh when discussing what it would look like when a suspect is shot in the chest or head.

SFPD Chief Greg Suhr wants the person who videotaped the officers to show them the full length conversation, not just the two clips posted. He says the full context may lead disciplinary action against the officers.

The videos were posted separtely labeled part one and part two.

San Francisco police do not wear body cameras but the city has been working on a policy to equip officers with them.

San Francisco police said Friday the department opened an investigation after becoming aware of the videos. Police are asking the person who shot the video for to contact the department's Internal Affairs Division at 415-575-5856.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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