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Healthcare leader sues over Twitter wanted poster

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People outside the Tenderloin Linkage Center in January. Gary McCoy, a vice president at health nonprofit HealthRIGHT 360, filed a defamation lawsuit against writer Erica Sandberg after she falsely accused McCoy, an advocate for harm reduction and supervised drug consumption, of being responsible for the “murder of 1,500 plus drug addicts at the failed Linkage Center.” (Craig Lee/The Examiner) San Francisco’s response to the drug overdose crisis has long been at the center of public debate. But toxic online discourse has gone too far, asserts one healthcare leader in a defamation lawsuit filed Monday in which he claims he was essentially accused of murder.

Gary McCoy, vice president of policy and public affairs at the healthcare nonprofit HealthRIGHT 360, filed suit against San Francisco-based writer and finance expert Erica Sandberg. The case centers on a wanted poster Sandberg shared on Twitter falsely stating that McCoy, who is an advocate for harm reduction and supervised drug consumption, was responsible for the “murder of 1,500 plus drug addicts at the failed Linkage Center.”

According to the lawsuit, the image was first posted online on April 9, 2022 by an account with the name Karl Brandt — the same name as Adolf Hitler’s physician. […]

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