SELFISH, NEAR-SIGHTED, SLIGHTLY DUMB, BUT THE MAJORITY
(classic photos from back-in-the-day Critical Mass)
I know I am pretty tardy getting this posted, and I know some friends were sending me emails with all the info I needed (thanks J and Xris). But I'm just useless when I'm on tour, or should I say my lemon-of-a-mac is the useless one. Anyway, better late than never.
A police officer full-on body-checked a cyclist riding in this past July's Critical Mass. The rider was thrown off his bike and on to the curb, where he was tackled by two cops, arrested, and charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest, among other charges. What makes this different than any other Critical Mass rides post-RNC (remember the woman who ended up in the hospital after a cop doored her in the bike lane on a CM ride?) is that this time the cop was caught on video, by a tourist, who uploaded it to youtube. And even more shockingly, the mainstream media took notice (slow news week, perhaps). Check out the links below for the video and compilations of the news coverage (fun to compare/contrast how the different networks spin it).
I know a lot of people don't understand this "bike persecution" thing that is talked about here in NYC. Well this is a good example. You don't see cops tackling jaywalkers, or checking illegal street vendors. Its a weird target for the NYPD to be so aggro about, I don't even think most cyclists understand where the anger is coming from. Considering the rise in numbers of bicycle commuters all over the country and the increase in cycling infrastructure in the city, it would seem like the NYPD is picking on the wrong boogeyman.
The NY Times wrote an article about it.
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