Question: … If the 23-year-old man S.F. police shot as many as 20 times and killed Wednesday night in a theater at the Metreon was an OpNetwork intern and a business college student with a 4.0 grade average, troubled by mental illness and armed with a knife on a chain (not a gun — not even a wallet), what color was he?

No, but that’s the thing — it’s a tragedy no matter what race he was. I go to the Metreon sometimes. I can look out a nearby window and see it; it’s yards from my office. It’s just too easy for me to think about this kind of thing happening, about what it would take for some incident or misunderstanding to escalate. It was on my mind a year ago, and it’s still on my mind today.

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