Tensions Between San Francisco Police and Firefighters After Asiana Crash

San Francisco police investigating the death of an Asiana Airlines crash survivor who was run over and killed by Fire Department rigs concluded that one of the firefighter drivers was lying to them and challenged a high-ranking fire official who didn’t inform them about key camera footage of the incident, according to Police Department documents, reports The San Francisco Chronicle.

Tensions between police and the Fire Department are evident in more than 200 pages of investigative documents compiled in connection with the death of 15-year-old Ye Meng Yuan, the Chinese girl who was run over by two fire rigs in the minutes after the July 6 crash at San Francisco International Airport. The Chronicle obtained some of the documents from police under a state Public Records Act request and others from sources close to the investigation.

The Police Department ultimately submitted the case to San Mateo County prosecutors, who have jurisdiction over the airport. The officer in charge of the probe, Sgt. Kevin Edison, wrote in his log that no criminal negligence charges “appear evident” against any firefighter in Ye’s death, and county District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe agreed.

There were conflicts with the Fire Department throughout the police investigation, however, starting with the role of firefighter Elyse Duckett. She was at the wheel of the second rig to run over Ye as the girl lay on the ground near the burning airplane’s left wing.

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