Your kids getting scared is not a reason to lay down the horn and plow through a comic con crowd. Sir, there is comic con going on. You are in the Gaslamp district. There is likely a Padres game to boot.
On that hand, San Diego police (SDPD) has to have traffic officers monitoring this to keep the flow. As a taxpayer I hate to say it, but the city has a little part in this pickle.
I can see the city trying to be as flexible to comic con as possible. I know the organizers threatened to leave a few years back. I would imagine the city wants to be as amenable as possible with the event.
In any event, I imagine there will be more officers and a permit next year. The permit fee may be coming from lowering some other fee for good ole comic con.
The city of San Diego may be held liable for an accident that happened at the end of the annual “Zombie Walk” that coincides with Comic-Con.
“The City created a dangerous condition by not only allowing those people to march down the street, but actually encouraging them,” said attorney Dan Gilleon.
Gilleon criticized San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman for not only walking in the parade, but doing so even though organizers hadn’t applied for the permit required by the city for gatherings and marches involving more than 75 people.
The Zombie Walk was held last month, and Zimmerman and several traffic officers were near the beginning of the march, reminding people to follow traffic rules.
SDPD even tweeted a picture of the smiling chief surrounded by people dressed as zombies.
Toward the end of the walk, which had an estimated crowd of 600, a frustrated driver inched forward into the crowd, and then told police he panicked when some of them surrounded his car, frightening the children in the back seat.
He accelerated and struck a woman who was in the car’s path. One of her arms was badly broken.
Gilleon said police should have been at that intersection managing the traffic issues, which might have prevented the incident. The incident is still under investigation by SDPD.
“It was caused by Chief Zimmerman herself promoting an unpermitted parade,” Gilleon said.
Organized activities for 75 or more people should apply for permits from the city. Although the Zombie Walk is in its 8th year, organizers did not apply for a permit.
“These events occur, our job is to manage them,” said SDPD Lt. Kevin Mayer. “So in this particular situation they did not seek a permit with us.”
Why then did Zimmerman participate in an event that had not followed city rules? Mayer responded that the chief attends all kinds of events.
Mayer said the police department did supply officers for the Zombie Walk, but the incident in question happened after the march had advanced several blocks from that intersection.
Attorney Mia Severson, who has handled several city liability cases, said the city will likely have claims filed against it for the Zombie Walk.
The city could face exposure for lack of oversight and not having enough officers to manage traffic issues, said Severson.
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