Critical Attack on Critical Mass
The idea is, if you have a bike, use it on Critical Mass day, instead of a car. In San Francisco, this is popular. This is accepted. One of these days I will get my shit together and take some pictures for you so you can see that even on non-CM days, there are still lots of people on bikes in the street.
Anyway, this morning I found out a cop in Manhattan body slammed a guy biking along, making him fall over. I watched the video, and during the slow-motion part you can see the cop actually runs to make contact, despite the biker trying to veer away from the cop. The cop is now on desk duty, but I don't think that's enough. Let's say the biker called out, "Fuck you, Pig!" as he tried to ride by. Even under that scenario, the cop still is not within his rights to do what he did. Maybe the biker gave the cop the finger. Still.
A cop's job is to serve and protect. (Insert your own joke about serving here.) I am not really clear as to why this police officer wasn't suspended without pay. Damn, I wish I worked at the law firm that represents the PBA so as to find out the details.
Can a person get away with making a citizen's arrest on a cop?
Okay, so the article has been updated. Apparently Critical Mass is not a protected program in New York the way it is in San Francisco and it seems NYPD feels right about arresting bikers. If I am remembering correctly, there are bike lanes to the right of the car lanes in New York. That's where people on bikes are supposed to ride, I guess.
So if the bike riders are not staying in their little bike lanes I can see why they are being arrested. Obstructing traffic and all. Okay, that's fair. However. Are you really supposed to be pulling people over for arrest by body slamming them to the ground? No, no you are not. What if that boy had hit his head wrong and broken his neck? What if in the midst of body slamming the biker, the cop caused the biker to fall into an innocent person on the sidewalk?
Is anyone else offended that Christopher Long, the guy on the bike, is mentioned by name, but the cop's name was not released? I am having a hard time seeing the fairness of all this.