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


Do you always show only one side of every story?

Real journalists try and show both sides. You should try it sometime.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

... I didn't find any reactions in support of Ernst. If you find any, I'd be glad to amend the post. In the meantime, I'll keep looking. 

Posted by Joe Fitzgerald on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

A number of us were supportive of Ernst.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

No one is stopping you from scouring the twitterverse for messages supporting your heroic thin blue line and the wonderfully altruistic Sgt. Ernst.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

SFBG and SFStreetsBlog where, predictably, I am seeing nothing but bias.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 2:47 pm

Your kind does not belong here. You don't even live in San Francisco.

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

any issue then? You just want to hear comfortable, familiar bromides that make you feel good?

And yes, I live in SF, probably for longer than you have.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

Sorry I don't believe you. So you are not only a boot-licking toady, you are a lying boot-licking toady as well. I am a third generation San Franciscan and I can spot a lying Marinite from a mile away.

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 3:43 pm
Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

Just so you know: It (that rabid hateful "Guest" you're responding to) lives in Los Ángeles, but pretends to live in SF. I guess it has been banned from all forums down there. I can understand why based on the content it excretes here.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

more balanced and less biased view, as I live in the Castro.

I hate LA, as it happens.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

Take your cop loving ass to Take all your sock puppets with you.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

And he should of course believe that you're a 3rd generation San Franciscan because you said so. You said it so it must be true. But I'll call you an ivory tower progressive who loves the smell of his own farts. I'm the Emperor of Japan and I can smell a lying New Yorker from a parsec away.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 7:11 pm

Hey you actually said something that was true! You should give yourself a fucking medal! I do like the smell of my own farts.

Wrong on every other count though.

Aren't there some cop boots that you should be cleaning right now? Go scurry off to wherever your kind cowers and suck up to the police some more.

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 7:36 pm

You mention it repeatedly, again and again. Is this something you fantasize about and are projecting onto others?

Dig deep.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 8:26 pm

If I called you boot-licking Lucretia, I would mean it as a compliment. I am 100% sincere about this.

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Aug. 25, 2013 @ 10:00 pm

and tired. I am 100% sincere about this.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Aug. 26, 2013 @ 1:03 am

I know what you mean Lucretia, it is to bad that we should read about this kind of sad stories.

Posted by Elan on Feb. 13, 2014 @ 1:02 am
Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

they were audio files?

It's just a figure of speech anyway, like "I see what you mean" = "I hear what you are saying".

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

No one was supporting of Ernst except for the same boot-licking today "Guest". The same anonymous coward as is posting today, no doubt. Go back to your KKK forums, we don't like your kind here.

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

Anger creates more danger on the roads and in our society than those of us who wish to calmly reflect and debate issues.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

Road raging boot-licking toady's like you who celebrate the tragic death of young women like Amelie do run over and kill lots of people.

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 3:44 pm

I'd never stoop that low, which is why I criticize their action here.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

Take your cop loving ass to We are decent, freedom loving Americans here.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

You are trying to advance your bike hating agenda right here and right now. And you are so utterly lacking in self-awareness that you cannot even admit to yourself the depth of your sociopathology.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 5:15 pm

hijacking an unfortunate accidental death to further their political agenda.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

So if someone doesn't agree with you, they must belong to Stormfront and the KKK? Good luck getting popular support for your cause with an attitude like that.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 7:06 pm

Give priority to public transit and other alternatives to the private automobile as the means of meeting San Francisco's transportation needs, particularly those of commuters.

In order to maintain a desirable living and business environment in San Francisco, the use of mass transit, ridesharing, walking and bicycling must assume a high priority to ensure mobility for commuters and residents alike. Mobility is ideally provided by a well-connected, multimodal system, but where a choice must be made to either provide public transit or accommodate the private automobile, public transit should receive the priority, consistent with the city's Transit First policy.


Good luck changing that. Most San Franciscans don't agree with your Marin living, congenitally lying ass.

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

No only if the come onto a blog dedicated to the memory of a woman who died tragically and gloat over her death and boast about their love of the police. As you have. Go away boot licking toady, you are not a San Franciscan.

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 7:26 pm

Unlikely that anyone would go out of their way to praise Sgt Ernst.

But, if you go to and search for "Richard Ernst" or the combination of "Ernst" and "SFPD" you'll find that a total of 19 people Tweeted negative sentiment.

Besides the 8 mentioned in this article there were 11 other people issuing negative comments.

It didn't make any of the top trending lists.

Posted by Troll on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

People who hate cops are far more likely to jump on this to pursue their agenda. While more moderate folks who support the cops tend not to be so animated.

So you often get a noisy minority on one side while the silent majority demur. this can give the impression that SF'ers are far more "progressive" than they really are.

Another good example of this is public meetings which invariably attract leftists, while the silent majority have jobs, families and other commitments and don't just live for politics.

Joe should have compensated for that and actively sought pro-Ernst views. They are plenty out there but he seemingly made no attempt to solicit or research those.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

You support cops, call yourself a moderate and post more comments here than anyone.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 5:38 pm
Posted by anon on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

Nobody in San Francisco actually reads the Chron. Do they even exist as a print source anymore? Last time I looked at the site (which admittedly was a couple years ago), it was full of out-of-town tea party types who want to post their venom against all things San Francisco. They generally post there because it has "San Francisco" in the name of the paper, so not knowing much about the city, they mistakenly think that it's a liberal paper and it's representative of most San Franciscans. The commentary there is pretty reflexive and pretty rabid.

Posted by Greg on Aug. 24, 2013 @ 10:22 pm

I assume that by now you have learned that the SFPD determined the truck driver was at fault and there are criminal and civil cases pending. The SFPD failed to obtain crucial video showing the accident which revealed what really happened.

Police are supposed to protect the public not harass them. Esp. at a memorial for a dead person in their city. How tacky and insensitive. I can't believe he's a very good cop looking at this appalling behavior.

I am a cyclist and I do see bikers ignoring the rules of the road(any vehicle with wheels and moves must stop at stop signs,red lights, etc). just like cars. But in this case the driver didn't do what he should have done. He was driving too fast for one thing.

Far too many people are being killed in SF both bikers and pedestrians. Apparently trucks are to blame in a lot of the cases.

I am singing in a benefit concert Friday to commemorate Amelie who sounds like a wonderful human being. The proceeds are going to help children in Haiti. I am reading the articles on her website that explain what happened to her.

Posted by Guest on May. 13, 2014 @ 7:47 pm

for signatures for a petition that was clearly lobbying for a political outcome.

That changes a memorial to a protest and, as such, SFPD were actually very restrained here.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

why can't a memorial also be political/protest?
and even if it were just a protest as you define it, what makes SFPD "very restrained" here? what were the protesters doing that was so outrageous that the cops had to use restraint? Sgt. Ernst certainly came off as an insensitive prick in this instance. Thanks for the teachable moment, Sgt.! Instead of acting like a jackass and blocking the road and sending bikes out of the bike lane and into traffice, you could, you know, do some real police work and actually investigate the accident properly. Maybe?

Posted by GuestD on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

memorials and I have never seen people pushing a political agenda at them. Rather it is a time for the friends and family of the deceased to grieve.

Were any friends or family members there Had Leah ever even met Amelie? Or did she just see the victim as an opportunity to push ideological goals?

It would have been better to have avoided the ambiguity by separating the two events.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

Why do you come on here and besmirch her memory with your grave dancing and politicizing? Go back to licking police boots, you worthless excuse for a human being.

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 2:52 pm

politicizing what was supposed to be a memorial by turning it into a political circus.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

It's pretty hypocritical for a guy to call people who disagree with him "haters" seeing as how you keep insulting people and seem to have the most hate of anyone on here. Take a yoga class.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

Even better, I think I will go donate some money to SFBC in Amelie's memory. Which is more than you are ever going to do.

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

Letting some cop's assholism distract from the conversation we need to have about how to engineer bike lanes, truck routes, freeway entrances, sidewalk bulbs and intersections so that they're not death traps for cyclists?

Posted by marcos on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

have about what concessions, if any, we need to make for bikes more than we already have done, along with considering the impact of that on the local economy.

Gimmicks and opportunistic games by SFBC will not get us there, nor will undermining the very same law enforcement agencies that cyclists rely on to maintain a safe environment.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 1:55 pm

Belittling and attacking the very people trying to make the streets of San Francisco safer will not make San Francisco safer. Go crawl back into your hole, you boot-licking toady.

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 2:53 pm

years so clearly all types of road users are culpable - it's not the simply "bikes - good; cars - bad" nursery rhyme that you claim.

SFBC needs to start by getting their own house in order, by denouncing those two cyclists, by opposing critical mass, and by insisting on zero tolerance for cyclists who disobey the road rules.

Then we can talk about improving safety for everyone rather than SFBC endlessly whine that they want more and more, and hijacking tragedies to do so.

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

with the incident at 6th and Folsom? Seriously.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

disrespect for the rest of the road-using community. It shows a pattern of SFBC pursuing a very narrow self-serving agenda without any broader concern for the good of the city's residents. Politicizing a death in this way show similar insensitivity and empathy.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

the SFBC. Probably only a small minority of Critical Mass participants belong to the SFBC.

Ernst's unnecessary and reckless blocking of the bicycle lane shows a much greater disrespect for the "road-using community" than either the SFBC or Critical Mass, and I am no fan of the SFBC.

If you don't like the SFBC's advocacy efforts, why don't you start your own group with your imaginary majority and imaginary friends?

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 3:59 pm

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