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

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


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

Islander police officer here is shocking. Racism lurks right beneath the surface, just look at the privileged white bike woman's demeanor towards the uppity minority who is in a position to enforce the law. It's shocking.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 4:04 pm

Weren't you just demanding that Muni create whites only "first class" cars and "third class" cars for dirty non-white undesirables and other undesirables on the other forum?

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 5:11 pm
Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 5:40 pm

that there are racist comments to the Asian-Pacific Islander cop. Correct me if I am wrong, but your comment us the only one that has brought up the cop's race.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 5:44 pm
Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

You can see it here, clearly. If you can't you're a racist too.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 5:55 pm

You are racist, classist, homophobic and sexist. So I guess that makes you the expert here.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 10:17 pm

Have good weekend! :)

Posted by Guest on Aug. 24, 2013 @ 9:22 am

Are essentially the province of idiots.

Posted by Matlock on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 5:43 pm
Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 5:52 pm

• The first tweet from the guy who was kinda busy? He found the time:

Posted by Jym Dyer on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 10:40 pm

Too many bicyclists don't know how to safely ride in traffic in this city. The cop was right, you are supposed to pass the vehicle on the left. ALSO: Use hand signals!!! Some idiot suddenly turned left in front of me without signaling he was going to do so. He then curses me out because I had to jam the brakes to avoid hitting him.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 24, 2013 @ 10:21 am

And I often see them riding at night with no lights.

If I hit a cyclist who failed to signal, or had no lights, or blew thru a stop, or went the wrong way down a one-way street, I would be confident of prevailing in court.

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

this article is about a cop stupidly parking his cruiser in a bicycle lane to make a political point . those of you stressing about the ethnic and racial identity of the cop are just jumping on an actual issue to cry about an un-related (and in this particular instance) non-issue . did someone call the cop out by using racial slurs? haven't heard any such thing . did the cop create a hazard and danger by parking in a bicycle lane? yes

did the cop make comments blaming a bicyclist for her own death when the investigation is ongoing? seems so

generally, cops are idiots with government paychecks, badges, and weapons all paid for by and used against us . sounds like this particular cop is no different

Posted by wiseoldsnail on Aug. 24, 2013 @ 10:59 am

We really need to do something about the epidemic of obesity among cops. He needs to get out of his patrol car and spend more time on a bicycle.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 24, 2013 @ 10:25 pm

Which has what? Maybe 45x the readership of your dying newspaper?

You linked about 12 people on Twitter. And you called it "the internet". Have you even considered that the reason your paper is falling apart, your owner sold out, your editor left, your page count is half what it was two years ago, and your revenue drops annually is because *you fucking lie constantly*?

You guys are like Fox News with no money and no audience.

You suck,

Posted by Guest on Aug. 24, 2013 @ 11:48 pm

Nobody comes here for truth or objectivity. they come here for feel-good articles that make the progressive minority feel like they're not a fringe extremist group, which of course they are.

Should we begrudge them a voice, even if a hopelessly prejudicial one?

Posted by Guest on Aug. 25, 2013 @ 9:13 am

You people whine like petty, incessant, children.

An innocent woman died, by getting run over by a truck, and a cop went and did some stupid shit which endangered the safety of many people WHILE he did ANOTHER thing no cop should do... that being, trying to force his opinion onto people and threatening to continue the endangering of their safety until they capitulated to the OPINION of an officer (the state).

There ARE NO TWO (balanced) SIDES when it comes to that.

So, you idiotic guest, WHAT two sides are you looking for?

You're looking for the "other side" in which the cop says he can harass & block anyone he wishes, then force anyone he wants to into traffic until they agree with his personal, biased viewpoints?

Is that really the side that you think is "balanced"?

You idiot!

Posted by 2SHADES on Aug. 25, 2013 @ 9:03 am

with the cop. What else did they expect.

I have no opinion on the accident because i have seen no evidence that it was anything other than an accident, but when a cop gives advice on safe riding to cyclists right after an accident, maybe the cyclists should listen isntead of starting a fight?

Posted by Guest on Aug. 25, 2013 @ 9:10 am

Go away piggy. You really have some balls posting here after SFBC fully schooled you by discovered the videotape that your lying department claimed didn't exist.

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Aug. 25, 2013 @ 10:57 am

SFPD didn't find a tape because nobody gave them that information. SFBC should not be acting as private investigators anyway, and no doubt would have buried any evidence showing the cyclist was at fault, so I give no weighting to any prejudicial "evidence" that they claim to have "found".

Posted by anon on Aug. 25, 2013 @ 11:45 am

they didn't adequately canvass neighborhood businesses looking for one. The SFBC is doing the cops' jobs for them.

Nobody cares what weight you might give to any evidence as you are a strange obsessive internet commenter with strong sociopathic, psychopathic and trollopathic tendencies.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 25, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

the driver. If they had found evidence that incriminated the cyclist, they would have buried it.

They are a biased lobby group, and so their activities are suspect.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 26, 2013 @ 6:07 am

No I call you a piggy because you are one. Sooooo-ie! Sooooo-ie!

Go eat a donut pig.

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Aug. 25, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

It's dehumanizing and you engage in it constantly here by referring to those with which you disagree as "pigs." You need to get control of your anger - maybe a few more sessions in the sling in your living room could help that.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Aug. 26, 2013 @ 6:08 pm

Nobody "gave" it to them? You have got to be kidding me. They lied at a press conference and stated that they had asked all the local businesses for video tapes and found none. It turns out that they had asked no businesses for video tapes. Why are you covering up for their lies?

Posted by Guest on Aug. 26, 2013 @ 10:38 am

proves nothing other than that some people lie.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 26, 2013 @ 11:03 am

Did the cops really lie to the media about having checked for video of the fatal crash? Can cops get away with doing so?

I'd think that spreading misinformation and falsely attempting to CYA while on the public dole ought to carry repercussions. A week off without pay might give such ostensible public servants a chance to ponder things.

Posted by lillipublicans on Aug. 26, 2013 @ 11:52 am

alleged video. Does it even exist? What does it show? It all sounds less than kosher.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 26, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

Sgt. Ernst I'm told engages the community and has been very helpful for many years in that area. This is the case. You want him to be SFBC PC instead of giving advice that will actually save lives going forward??? LOL Get the bike chain or stick from your backside.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 25, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

Chief Suhr apologized for Sgt Ernst's insensitive behavior and promised that the SFPD would do better.

So you are pretty much his only apologist left. Other than his mother. Maybe you are his Mother, come to think of it.

Hey Mom, is that you?

Posted by Guest on Sep. 04, 2013 @ 12:44 pm

Based on the investigations at that point in time, Ernst was correct - it appeared that the accident was the cyclist's fault.

You cannot blame Ernest for not knowing what was not known at the time.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 04, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

The existance of the video came to light after bicycle safety and justice advocates did the police's work for them -- work the police had falsely claimed to have done.

It never appeared the bicyclist was at fault. It was just the assumption that the police jumped to make as always for no good reason.

The "investigation" the police engaged in was a sham investigation. Was it just simply innocent gold-bricking on their part? Or was it a coverup?

Was the truck driver being protected for some reason? Or does this event simply reveal the utterly bankrupt anti-bike bias on the police force?

Suhr's apology is fine, but what about putting Ernst on bike patrol for a while?

Posted by lillipublicans on Sep. 04, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

was not looking for any exculpatory evidence, only for something that would help one side.

You want "justice" to be decided by those who are prejudiced?

Posted by Guest on Sep. 04, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

Sgt. Ernst was providing common sense advice but the bike activists have deaf ears.
Anyone with common sense knows you stay to the left or at least behind at all times when in close contact with a vehicle much larger then yours and certainly a big truck!
But the SFBC would rather be "right" then alive.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 25, 2013 @ 4:26 pm
Posted by Guest on Aug. 27, 2013 @ 10:48 am

I believe it has been pretty well proven by this verbal altercation that Ernst did indeed send the message way off track.

Posted by ellen3sons on Aug. 29, 2013 @ 7:29 pm

like with this truck/bike accident, they are suddenly in favour? But only, of course, if it shows the driver at fault, and not if it shows the cyclist at fault.

Hypocrisy. Again.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 31, 2013 @ 9:38 am

He looks like he hails from the 1800's, so I'm surprised he's so anti-bicycling

Posted by Guest on Nov. 11, 2013 @ 7:27 pm

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