When a vehicle strikes a pedestrian in the crosswalk, "everyone is not cited. It's on a case-by-case independent basis."
Police are often reticent to make blanket statements and instead use the phrase "case-by-case." That's understandable. Yet, short of driving through a camera-equipped red light while dangling a bottle of champagne out of the window, you'd think ramming a cop in the crosswalk would be a surefire route to the back seat of a police car -- let alone a mere citation.
Williams notes that the driver who struck the police officer may yet get that cite. The city's traffic collision review officer has one year and one day to conduct an investigation and issue a citation (or not). An investigation into this incident is ongoing.
Champsee, meanwhile, said this isn't a San Francisco problem per se, but a California one. Other states, namely Oregon, have passed the "Vulnerable Roadway Users Law." This punishes careless driving that leads to pedestrians or cyclists being hit, rather than merely targeting drivers who actually meant to use their car as a weapon or leave the scene of an accident.
Obviously they don't have anything like that here. Perhaps that's why Sergeant Phil Esterhaus always told his fellow San Francisco cops, "Hey, let's be careful out there."