Issues over how police investigated the death of a bicyclist in San Francisco last month has prompted a city supervisor today to request a hearing on how the Police Department conducts investigations into accidents involving cyclists.
Supervisor Jane Kim requested the hearing following the Aug. 14 death of 24-year-old Amelie Le Moullac, who was killed when a truck made a right turn and struck her at Sixth and Folsom streets in the city’s South of Market neighborhood, which Kim represents.
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Police initially did not cite the truck driver, but have since found him at fault after a member of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition uncovered surveillance video of the crash.
The bicycle coalition has criticized the department for not finding the video, and also for the actions of a police sergeant who they say stopped at an event they held a week after Le Moullac’s death and said the cyclist was to blame for the collision.
Police Chief Greg Suhr last week apologized for the sergeant’s actions and said the incident will be reviewed by the city’s Office of Citizen Complaints, which handles complaints against police.
Kim, the supervisor, said the hearing at a board committee would not include “finger-pointing” regarding the case.
“We merely want to have a discussion about how we do investigations,” she said.
Kim said she wants to make sure there’s a process in place that is “comprehensive” and takes into account the needs of the family of the victim.
Although police found the driver at fault in the crash, district attorney’s office spokeswoman Stephanie Ong Stillman said today that the case has not yet been formally presented to prosecutors.
Dan McMenamin, Bay City News