The internet reacts to Sgt. Ernst's bicyclist memorial tantrum

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Sgt. Ernst and SF Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Leah Shahum
Image courtesy KRON 4 News

A memorial (and informational event) at the 6th and Folsom corner where bicyclist 24-year-old Amelie Le Moullac was fatally run over by a truck last week was interrupted by a tense confrontation with SFPD Sgt. Richard Ernst, when he showed up to block the bike lane with his cruiser to lecture the cyclists.

SFBC Executive Director Leah Shahum told the Guardian in a story Wednesday that SFPD Sgt. Richard Ernst showed up to make his apparent disdain for “you people,” bicyclists.

From that story: “He then told me explicitly that he ‘would not leave until’ I ‘understood’ that ‘it was the bicyclist’s fault.' This was shocking to hear, as I was told just a day ago by Commander [Mikail] Ali that the case was still under investigation and no cause had yet been determined,” Shahum wrote in a report to the Office of Citizen Complaints. Below are a few reactions from the Twitterverse to Sgt. Ernst's actions.

Below are a few reactions from the Twitterverse to Sgt. Ernst's actions.  

 

Cyclist Patrick Traughber then rode a route spelling out the victim's name, in tribute and memoriam. Special software tracked his route and displayed her name via the software. 

Cyclist Patrick Traughber rides a route to spell out the accident victim's name

Comments

Did they go looking for video evidence?

No, didn't think so.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

I read most of the self serving narcissistic moronic comments, and yours was the only one that actually asked a legitimate intelligent question!

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 5:28 pm

looking for a pretext to frame a truck driver. Why?

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 5:46 pm

More lying from you:

http://www.sfbike.org/main/san-francisco-bicycle-coalition-statement-on-...

Are you pathologically incapable of telling the truth? I seriously think that you are sick in the head to come here and gloat over the tragic death of another human being.

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

You self-serving narcissistic moron, you.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 7:53 pm

A monthly celebration of cycling that is always on the same day, the last Friday, which allows motorists plenty of opportunity to plan ahead.

You are suspicious of human involvement in decision making. In other words, democracy.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 4:36 pm
Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 4:53 pm

Yeah I hate it when car drivers all get in their cars and block the streets and delay traffic. It is called Rush Hour.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

to deliberately make that worse is unconscionable, and SFBC should disown it.

Why not have the ride on a Sunday morning when it would not inconvenience hard-working people?

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 5:45 pm

Oh it is fine to kill people accidentally. Of course.

You are sick.

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 7:19 pm

Critical Mass is deliberate, and therefore wrong, and the SFBC should denounce it as counter-productive.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 24, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

Critical Mass has never killed anyone. You car-loving fools kill hundreds every day. You should denounce yourself for pulling your fat ass into an SUV and risking the lives of everyone around you each and every day.

That is what is wrong: the lie that the millions slaughtered by automobiles are "accidents" instead of an inevitable result of criminally selfish behavior by drivers.

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Aug. 24, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

Car drivers like you must 100% obey the law and make sure that every single car driver never injures anyone or drinks and drive before you can demand a single dime be spend on road widening or more parking. You are personally responsible for the actions of every single driver and I demand that you make them all obey the law.

Then we can talk about your issues and concerns, you boot-licking toady.

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 3:41 pm

Talk to me when those numbers are more in balance.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

You are full of shit, you lying boot licking toady. 100% of car driver speed.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

That "toady" epithet kinda gives you away.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 5:43 pm

That is 100 times as many as were killed by cyclists. I demand that all cars be banned from the streets until you get your house in order. I demand zero tolerance for the 100% of motorists who speed on Folsom and other SOMA streets.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

your statistic appears to prove that bicycling kills proportionally more pedestrians than cars.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 5:43 pm

More of your made up lies.

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 7:20 pm

Only after you can explain the rationale of how fighting mandatory helmet laws makes anyone on a bike safer.

Posted by Richmondman on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

I can't comment on the police officer's behavior, or for that matter, anybody who was at the protest. However, I agree that better design for separating bikes and car/truck traffic needs to be improved. However, I am sure that any suggestions that include restricting bikes on certain streets, however logical, will be scorned by the political groups that advocate for bicyclists. Just as they scorn the use of helmets. Because anything that appears to restrict bicyclists is deemed fascist.

Posted by Richmondman on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

are quiet, much safer streets a block away. Why bike on Masonic when Central is right there? Oak when Page is close by? 16th when 17th has a bike lane and is much quieter.

By asking for everything, SFBC gets very little. They need to understand that cycling is for the privileged - almost all cyclists I see are young, fit white people. Children and seniors cannot use bikes to get around town.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 3:17 pm

Almost all the cyclists I see in SOMA and The Mission are people of color. So are most of them in The Sunset and Richmond My ten year old rides her bicycle to school.

The number of miles of bike lanes is 100% more than it was four years ago and the number of cyclists has tripled in 10 years.

All of your claims are lies. But what else can you expect from a cop-loving boot-licking toady.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

white. Not that it matters either way but you seem very determined for people to believe that cycling isn't a privileged thing.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 5:42 pm

You seem very determined to lie every time you post. Why is that?

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 7:28 pm

I live in the Richmond district and over 75% of the bicyclists are white.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

Prove it.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 10:16 pm

Sit on Anza street (where I live), which is probably the main street from east to west that bicyclists take, for an hour and note the ethnicity of the riders. Or you could ask any person who lives in the Richmond what is the ethnicity of the majority of riders.

Your assertion that "most of the riders in the Richmond and the Sunset are people of color" is flat-out wrong unless you count White and Asian as people of color (which you don't). The Richmond and Sunset are probably over 80% combined Asian and White so they'd have to import a hellova lot of Black and Hispanic riders to make up the majority of bicyclists in those districts.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 24, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

and I see a wide range of non-white bicyclist, so your claim is wrong.

(BTW: I thought you were living in the Castro for the past 20 years..or is that another "Guest"?)

Posted by Guest on Aug. 24, 2013 @ 4:12 pm

I'd guess the percentage of cyclists on Market Street during commuting times as at least 90% white, young and fit. not many children, seniors, or people with any kind of health issue. Cycling is not public transit and it is elitist.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 24, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

and what you would guess is the percentage of white cyclists on Market Street is "hard statistical evidence"? Did you not write earlier to ask anyone who lived in the Richmond to back up your claim. Someone in the Richmond did ,and then you discount the very method of evaluational which, by the way, is the method you used to make your claim.

Posted by CCSFgraduate on Aug. 24, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

and what you would guess is the percentage of white cyclists on Market Street is "hard statistical evidence"? Did you not write earlier to ask anyone who lived in the Richmond to back up your claim. Someone in the Richmond did, and then you discounted the method of evaluation which, by the way, is the very method you used to make your claim in regard to cyclists on Anza.

Posted by CCSFgraduate on Aug. 24, 2013 @ 8:50 pm

First of all, the person commenting about Market street was another "Guest".

2nd, there is no way anyone can provide "hard statistical evidence" about the ethnic makeup of the people who ride in a particular district. No one's going to take the time to actually study the ethnicity of bicyclists in a certain district. They're going to use statistics based on population and percentage of overall bicyclists of a certain ethnicity to extrapolate a probability. There is only anecdotal evidence, and since you don't live in the Richmond and I do, I'm a better judge of who rides bicycles in the district.

3rd, I asked "if he considers Asians as people of color" because very often, "people of color" refers ONLY to blacks and Latinos. Go to any article on this site in regards to education. Whenever they refer to "people of color" they do not count Asians. As a CCSF graduate you should know that when there is talk about under representation of people of color at City College (or CSU or UC), they're not talking about Asians, are they?

4th, no one addressed the fact that the Richmond is at LEAST over 80% white and Asian. So if you consider that fact, unless there are a lot Latinos and blacks riding INTO the Richmond district, the clear majority of bicyclists here are white and Asian. Tell me about how many blacks and Latinos are riding around Sea Cliff and California street. Go to Clement street, have a cup of coffee, and count how many ride through.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 24, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

In case you hadn't noticed Guest, there are multiple people on here who post as "Guest". And the only way you could make the case that most people who bicycle in the Richmond are people of color would be if you included Asians in that category. I say that because if you look at when the term "people of color" is used here, it refers only to Blacks and Latinos.

It still glosses over the fact that the Richmond (and Sunset) is overwhelmingly White and Asian. That means there aren't a lot of Latino and Black residents here, which also means there probably aren't a lot of Latino and Black cyclists.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 24, 2013 @ 4:36 pm

while hispanics are not, even though most hispanics have some white in them, and many of them identify as white themselves.

But then it's all about co-opting race for political agendas here. And Asians are the model minority, out-performing whites and therefore categorized with them.

Non-white means being a victim for the purposes of white liberals, and Asians aren't victims. They do something about their situation through education and hard work.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 24, 2013 @ 5:15 pm

Of course Asians are people of color, your racist fool.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Person_of_color

Grow up and stop trying to make up your own definitions of words.

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Aug. 24, 2013 @ 8:56 pm

Asians are people of color.

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Aug. 24, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

Go read about the under representation of "people of color" in the UC system. Are they talking about Asians?

Posted by Guest on Aug. 24, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

No one says that but you.

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Aug. 24, 2013 @ 10:56 pm

And apparently the ACLU:

https://www.aclu.org/racial-justice/affirmative-action-aclu-position-paper

Blacks and Latinos are talked about constantly as "underrepresented people of color", but there is no mention of Asians as "people of color". Why is that?

But considering your attitude on this thread Glen Park, I don't expect a cogent response, just an insult or some nonanswer like "no one says that but you" (which is easily refuted).

Posted by Guest on Aug. 25, 2013 @ 4:24 pm

Congratulations! You are the first person other than me to provide evidence other than assertion for their claims on this entire thread. I am going to take my wikipedia article as stronger evidence than your 13 year old ACLU blog post. But hey, it is evidence! It actually mostly says what you claim, too.

You should pick a real nom de plume instead of Guest. I hereby dub thee Trollalicious.

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Aug. 25, 2013 @ 10:19 pm

which focus on their disdain towards this Asian-Pacific Islander cop. The white privilege here is extraordinary and disgusting.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 3:13 pm

while and privileged.

They love, however, to tout their racialist credentials by being pro-black and pro-Hispanic. but rarely pro-Asian or pro-Islander. It's a fascinating disconnect.

And almost every cyclist I see in SF is white as well.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 3:29 pm

Funny, almost every single cyclist I see is a person of color. Is is because you live in Marin perhaps, you boot-licking toady?

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 3:42 pm

Nearly every single one? How extraordinary - where have these fabled sitings occurred - in the sling in your living room Mr. Daddy?

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 4:02 pm
Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 4:36 pm

Homophobic too? Are you trying to hit the trifecta or something?

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

and Guestanon playing the race card they generally accuse others of using.

They would seem to make a good couple. Maybe they can hook up and, with any luck, the inevitable end to their dalliance will be a murder-suicide.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 3:47 pm
Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

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