The “Hot Cop of the Castro” is in hot water after being identified as the driver in a felony hit-and-run recently. Christopher Kohrs, or the “Hot Cop” as he is known around the city, appeared in court for the first time since being charged with two counts of felony hit-and-run, and has pleaded not guilty.
“All I can say is everyone that was injured in the incident, I wish them all the best” said Kohrs outside of the courtroom this past Wednesday morning.
Kohrs allegedly struck two individuals last weekend, while they were crossing a street in San Francisco. Apparently, he fled the scene immediately after thecrash. Kohrs turned himself in about eight hours after the hit-and-run, an amount of time that impacts sobriety tests. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon believes this to be one of the great challenges of this case.
“How do we prove in front of a jury that this individual was, or was not, under the influence of a mind altering drug or alcohol” said Gascon. Kohrs had not commentedregarding Gascon’s comments about his driving under the influence. Gascon also added that “The people that he hit were crossing against the red light, but what makes this very disturbing for me is that he left the scene.”
If Kohrs is cleared to return to work, and found not guilty, he’d be suspended from duty; if found guilty of a felony, it would likely cost him his job. His court date is set for January.
Members of the police department have been speaking out about the incident, including Sgt. Michael Adraychak, who told reporters: “We hold ourselves to a higher standard as police officers and we don’t like to see anything like that happen”
A higher standard indeed. I’m not sure whether Kohrs was impaired while he was driving, or not, but he needs to be held accountable. Pleading not guilty to a felony hit and run, when he obviously hit those two individuals, and they have it on film? Kohrs should know what to do in these situations, and I’m sure he’s arrested others for the same crime he’s now trying to avoid. Police should not be allowed to game the system, and take advantage of the knowledge they have gathered investigating crimes. Police should not be given help to beat the rap by other police, and the SFPD needs to get all of the video available and to preserve this evidence for a fair trial.
Claude A. Wyle is a partner of Choulos Choulos, and Wyle, a San Francisco based law firm dedicated to representing clients who have been injured by the wrongful conduct of individuals, corporations, public entities, and businesses. Mr. Wyle also frequently sits as a Judge Pro Tem for the city and county of San Francisco.