At this point we are almost entirely ignorant of the proximate cause or causes of this tragedy.
From someone that knew the rider.
What is bizarre about the VC Star story is that at 8.22 they headlined the story "Cyclist fatally struck by sheriff's car ID'd", but at 9.19 the cyclist died after hitting hitting patrol vehicle.
Curious inversion, eh?
I'm not naive enough to believe all cops are honest, (keeps me off jury duty in criminal cases) but I do prefer to reserve judgement until the evidence is in and I've heard the story (if I ever do).
I bailed. I learned the next day that there was a fatality accident on the Ventura Freeway involving a CHP officer. They closed the whole freeway during rush hour.
If the CHP has any jurisdiction they will investigate.
The problem is that if this sort of thing IS happening.... no doubt the evidence is being well hidden to protect those who desire to hide this sort of evidence...
This blog is one case of a situation in which the police at first denied video evidence (in their own system) then refused to view it. http://greatergreaterwashington.org/...u-are-a-biker/
RaleighSport gave a link that also discusses video evidence gone missing... including the somewhat classic case of 7 cars that all somehow had non-functioning video recorders.
Amazing coincidence eh?Quote:
TV reporter Andrea McCarren and a cameraman were pulled over by seven police cruisers as they followed a county official for a story on the misuse of public funds. McCarren later claimed in a lawsuit that she was abused during the stop, resulting in a torn rotator cuff and dislocated shoulder. Prince George's County officials never gave McCarren's attorneys dash cam video of the incident. Their excuse? They said all seven dashboard cameras were malfunctioning on the day McCarren was pulled over.
Bottom line is you are asking for hard evidence for situation that people are bending over backwards to hide.
There is plenty of space. If I remember right this used to be 2 lanes each way. Intentional narrowing.
BTW this section of Mulholland Hwy runs North/South.
The road it runs into is Mulholland Drive, also pretty near the 22000 block. In a lot of ways Mulholland Drive makes more sense as there are some sweeping turns where it would take far less inattention to create a collision. Also Google Maps puts 22000 Mulholland Drive at the intersection with Topanga. That is nearly a T intersection. There is a go straight option but over 95% of traffic turns one way or the other. That section has a downhill turn and has a pretty decent potential for confusion.
I didn't notice that ILTB claimed:
"It is a well documented FACT that police edit, lose, delete, and other wise misplace video and audio from their patrol cars, motorcycles and body worn recorders."
He asked for that documentation since its well documented it should be easily available, else its not well documented.
I do agree that in some cases inconvenient evidence has gone missing, but its rare in my opinion. Also, in the MD crash case, the police denied the existence of the tape, and it was subsequently found during the discovery process, which is quite different than destroying or tampering with evidence.
There are many instances of police losing or accidentally erasing tapes. So many that few people are unaware that this is significant problem. Calling for cites and studies of that which is commonly known seems more a rhetorical device than an actual quest for information.
And is trying to get away with claiming evidence does not exist really all that different from destroying it? The end goal is the same and that's really what's at issue.
Looking at the damage, there was clearly a substantial speed differential between the cyclist and his killer. Considering the narrow passage between the road furniture and the substandardly narrow bike lane and the fact that the crash occurred immediately prior to a signalized T-intersection (the reason for the road furniture: traffic calming), it's pretty hard to not think this is gross negligence on the part of the deputy.
Unfortunately, the LA Sheriff's department does not have video in their units. Even worse, they are apparently conducting the investigation themselves rather than bringing in the CHP, which creates a clear conflict of interest. Their track record speaks for itself, with eighteen of them indicted today. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/12/09...investigation/
I suspect we will never know what actually happened, although we will get a fully spun account from the killer's colleagues that will be the official accounting until the victim's family's lawyers get busy.
It doesn't take too much media noise to cause elected officials to distance themselves by ordering "clean" investigations, and in many cases this is the ONLY way they intercede and move authority to unbiased agencies.
Of course, there'll be some people who say cops are cops, and not even accept a CHP report - and they might be right - but at least it'll be a step in the right direction.
I'm somewhat surprised there isn't a protocol in place for this sort of thing that mandates having a different agency handle an investigation when an officer is involved in a death, particularly when the initial evidence indicates the officer is at fault. The lack of such a protocol causes me concern. Well-run departments don't fear outside scrutiny, but corrupt ones do.
I hate stories like this.
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