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Rapper To Lead Hunger Strike Against San Francisco Police

Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter

The rapper known as Equipto says he plans to lead a hunger strike outside the San Francisco police department following recent fatal shootings by police.

“We can no longer watch our community be targeted and murdered,”the rapper-whose real name is Ilyich Sato-posted on his Facebook. “We can no longer support a department that is wrought with corruption, criminal behavior, racial profiling and murder.”

The rapper said he and his friends and family will hold a hunger strike starting Thursday and “plan to stand in front of the Police Department’s Mission Station and refuse to eat until either Police Chief Greg Suhr or Mayor Ed Lee resigns,” as reported by SF Gate.

The report says that “Activists have been calling for Suhr’s job since the video-recorded fatal shooting of Mario Woods on Dec. 2 in the Bayview neighborhood. Pointing to the killing of Luis Gongora in the Mission District on April 7 — as well as the killings of Alex Nieto in 2014 on Bernal Hill and Amilcar Perez-Lopez last year in the Mission”.

“It’s time for a change and I want to be a part of that change,” Sato told the reporter. “We’re going to stay as long as we can, until we can’t take it and until we get hospitalized. We’ve talked over this and discussed the situations.”