Supervisor Calls Hearing On How SFPD Investigates (Or Doesn’t) Vehicle Collisions With Cyclists

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.

Related: SFPD Chief Apologizes For Behavior Of Cyclist-Shaming Sergeant

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

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  • Shannon Pleskac

    I hope the new information shuts that obnoxious sergeant up.

  • Shannon Pleskac

    I hope the new information shuts that obnoxious sergeant up.

  • Ricky Castañeda

    It’s sad that all Chief Suhr can say is that the incident will be reviewed by the SF OCC; the SFPD is not beholden to the OCC, nor does the SFPD even really listen to what the OCC has to say anyway; in fact, most officers agree that the OCC merely gets in the way and doesn’t serve any real purpose other than to placate (or, more accurately, frustrate) citizens when the SFPD screws up.

    In other words, Chief Suhr is saying that SFPD isn’t really going to do anything about what happened to the late Ms. Le Moullac. It’s nice to know that other cyclists and Supervisor Kim are actually doing things to help keep this case open and the dialogue going.

    • Sooneridver

      The SFPD has done something… they have arrested and sited the truck driver. What would you like them to do… carry her casket on their shoulders? Pay her survivors a cash settlement?

      If people want to ride bikes on the roadways they should have to comply with all the same rules as autos and trucks; i.e.; license the vehicle and have the plate mounted to the bike, carry the minimum liability insurance (just like I have to have), and be licensed by the state to operate on the roadway. I’m not saying the lady was at fault, but there are many other cases of bike riders braking the motor vehicle laws.

      • gneiss

        Sooneridver – you are woefully misinformed. The SFPD has neither cited nor arrested the truck driver.

        As to your idiotic rant about needing licenses and insurance to “operate on the roadway” why stop with bicycles? Why not force people walking along side the roads to get licenses and insurance? After all, they probably need to comply with all the same rules as truck and car drivers too.

  • Ricky Castañeda

    It’s sad that all Chief Suhr can say is that the incident will be reviewed by the SF OCC; the SFPD is not beholden to the OCC, nor does the SFPD even really listen to what the OCC has to say anyway; in fact, most officers agree that the OCC merely gets in the way and doesn’t serve any real purpose other than to placate (or, more accurately, frustrate) citizens when the SFPD screws up.

    In other words, Chief Suhr is saying that SFPD isn’t really going to do anything about what happened to the late Ms. Le Moullac. It’s nice to know that other cyclists and Supervisor Kim are actually doing things to help keep this case open and the dialogue going.

    • Sooneridver

      The SFPD has done something… they have arrested and sited the truck driver. What would you like them to do… carry her casket on their shoulders? Pay her survivors a cash settlement?

      If people want to ride bikes on the roadways they should have to comply with all the same rules as autos and trucks; i.e.; license the vehicle and have the plate mounted to the bike, carry the minimum liability insurance (just like I have to have), and be licensed by the state to operate on the roadway. I’m not saying the lady was at fault, but there are many other cases of bike riders braking the motor vehicle laws.

      • gneiss

        Sooneridver – you are woefully misinformed. The SFPD has neither cited nor arrested the truck driver.

        As to your idiotic rant about needing licenses and insurance to “operate on the roadway” why stop with bicycles? Why not force people walking along side the roads to get licenses and insurance? After all, they probably need to comply with all the same rules as truck and car drivers too.

  • Forthright

    Jane Kim? You’ve got to be Joe King.

  • Forthright

    Jane Kim? You’ve got to be Joe King.

  • Josh Berkus

    “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”

    Translation:

    “Nothing will be done to change how SFPD doesn’t investigate cyclist deaths. And no reprimand will be issued to Sergeant Ernst.”

  • Josh Berkus

    “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”

    Translation:

    “Nothing will be done to change how SFPD doesn’t investigate cyclist deaths. And no reprimand will be issued to Sergeant Ernst.”