San Francisco police officer Christopher Kohrs, better known in the Bay Area as the “Hot Cop of the Castro,” has put out an interesting defense for his 2015 felony hit-and-run charges–claiming that a “very aggressive” crowd was following him and caused him to flee the crash scene on foot. The accident occurred in late 2015 after a night out near touristy Fisherman’s Wharf, where an off-duty Kohrs hit two pedestrians with his orange Dodge Charger while his friend and brother were in the car. The victims were left seriously injured, with one incurring permanent damage and over $600,000 in medical bills, according to his lawyer. Kohrs left his passengers, the pedestrians, and his car on the street and surrendered to police around eight hours later. His defense has asserted that a “very, very aggressive” group of “more than 100” people began to gather, saying that “This is a dangerous neighborhood... Crowds form and all types of things happen.” The defense also claimed the crowd was yelling, “It’s the Hot Cop! F— the police!” Kohrs is well-known on social media for his chiseled good looks, shirtless photo calendar, and “bulging biceps,” making him a subject of photo ops and fan pages. He has pleaded not guilty and is on unpaid leave.
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