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SFPD To Decide On Disciplinary Actions Against Officer Who Violated Policy

May 22, 2018 - 10:24 am

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio) - San Francisco police officials are trying to determine whether to discipline a police officer who shot at a suspect inside a moving car in violation of department policy earlier this month.

At a public town hall meeting last night, Chief Bill Scott said Officer William Reininger had failed to turn on his body camera during the incident, which is also against policy.

Officers said they had spotted two men breaking into cars near Steiner and Geary Street early in the morning on May 11th.

They detained one suspect, but the second suspect hopped into a car and drove away. According to officers on the scene, he crashed into two patrol vehicles before driving toward an officer, who jumped out of the way. That's when Reininger opened fire. 

The suspect was arrested a short time later near Civic Center Plaza. 

Scott says there ARE some situations where not following policy is justified. Reininger is on paid administrative leave.