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Bikes and the G20 Protest Part II

So what do you think of this video? Feel free to discuss below, but let’s try to respect each other’s opinions.

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  1. CarterSeptember 26, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    I see a bunch of cops being exactly what they are stereotyped to be. While I dont necessarily see police brutality going on, I do see an excessive use of force. That girl is a little, 100lb girl who acted out of frustration. You can obviously see that. I dont think its ok, or acceptable to then hit her twice, drag her across the ground humiliating her by doing so. They used a level 5 force when a level 2 would have been fine. Pretty common. I just dont think its right for bike cops telling kids on bikes they gotta leave.

  2. ChrisSeptember 26, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    I think the cyclist showed level 5 frustration when level 1 or 0 would have been fine. The entire situation seems stupid, but it seemed pretty easy leave without getting arrested for most of the protesters.

  3. MikeSeptember 26, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    chain-, mudguards and *that* color? I would have tossed the bike as well!

  4. mikelSeptember 26, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Lets see. At 8 seconds in, you can clearly see the officer applying force to the girls back. It was enough to disorient her. A less skilled cyclist would have eaten road.

    I think this case should be treated as a vehicle incident. A bike has the same rights as a driver. Think about it…an officer wouldn’t go up to a vehicle and dissorient the driver. It’s wreckless. and on that same note, a driver wouldn’t use his car as a weapon. EVERYONE WAS OUT OF LINE !!!!!

    Both parties were acting out of rage.

  5. RobSeptember 26, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    There was no reason for the cop to shove her like that. She was moving away in the direction that the cops were herding everyone, and had her back turned as she moved away, and he shoved her from behind. It pissed her off (wouldn’t it piss you off?) and reacted appropriately to the senseless provocation. There is no reason why anyone should have to put up with such treatment from the police, and there is no reason why the police should behave in this manner.

  6. WendySeptember 26, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    What would you expect, if you’re going to go participate in a protest with a lot of police presence, and then you assault a police officer with a bicycle?

  7. WowzerSeptember 26, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    If you had seen what went down earlier, you would understand why the police were so harsh. protesters were breaking windows, flinging dumpsters, and lighting fires. Believe me, there was adequate warning given to everyone. The people you see in this video were there intentionally to witness or be part of disturbance.

    *** I heard from a source that she has been charged with a felony. very unfortunate

  8. JeffSSeptember 26, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Cops on a power trip… nothing new there. An inferiority complex is a job requirement right?

  9. DanoSeptember 26, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    It looks like at :10sec the officer beside her pushed her also. She is going with the flow but is still being pushed. After the second push I would loss it also. This is what make people fear even the good cops.

  10. LareySeptember 26, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Throw your bike at a cop? I bet it she borrowed it.

  11. ChelseaSeptember 26, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    The officers were in the wrong here. She was following the group that was respecting the police request to cease and desist and then a cop shoves her forcefully in the back?!?! C’mon you shove any human being in the back they will, the majority of the time, obey their instinct to defend themselves. Don’t you have the constitutional right as a citizen to attack a cop in self defense!?! I am seeing a poor trend with law enforcement now days. I believe the system as a whole needs an equally widespread watch-dog organization to keep the cops in their proper place in the world. The cops must remember they are the servants of the citizens of the United States of America. I just hope law-enforcement does not get so far out of hand that the citizens must exercise their right to form militias in order to overthrow an out of control police state. The United States has already taken the former British Empire on and I believe under the right circumstances, push comes to shove, we will be able to fight off and dominate a monster of our own creation.

    The bigger they are the harder they will fall.

  12. 'fersSeptember 26, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Frustrating to watch, but what protester doesn’t know that you’ll get beaten down the minute you strike or attempt to strike a cop? It’s not fair, and the cops are provoking them, but that’s the reality.

    Boo-urns all around.

  13. ChelseaSeptember 26, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    sorry about the long rant but, sounding really weird coming from an Army-brat and the grand-daughter of a retired Texas cop, I was brought up from the wisdom of my grandpa and my dad that my authorities will NEVER be my master.

    Debate with me, please do not attack me or my belief structure.

  14. skipnotjifSeptember 26, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    I am not going to judge her ethos or the position she was in, but she was stupid to let the situation get her angry enough to throw her bike, she got shoved twice in the back and although it isn’t particularly nice way to herd people who already are dispersing it seemed it was deemed necessary.

    On the other hand she did get a night stick to the occipital lobe and then choke slammed as she fell forward. If she were smart she should have just laid there lifeless. Essentially play dead, they have get you medical attention, and while you do you”ll get a little better treatment. If they don’t you can pretty much make the arrest moot by expressing intent to sue for failure to provide medical care to a person in clear medical distress while under the custody of the police.

  15. MarshallSeptember 26, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    I understand the Cops pushing people forward to keep them moving. The first Officer pushes her along, she gets off the bike. What I have a problem with is the second Officer who pushes her again as she is getting off of the bike almost causing her to fall over. I also don’t think she should have thrown her bike at the first Officer. I don’t care how big or small, young or old, Male or Female, you throw something at a Cop, GAME OVER.

  16. Ghost RiderSeptember 26, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Jack-booted thugs + hotheaded protesters never makes a good equation. Bad behavior on both sides.

  17. bikin'September 26, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Lets see there are 4,000 riot cops in the city, part of it is locked down by the secret service and there are National Guard all over the place. Now lets also consider that a few Pittsburgh police have been shot at and KILLED not too long ago. So I have this GREAT idea lets all go to oakland and try to piss them all off! yeah count me in, lets all go act stupid for a while, then when the riot cops finally shoot tear gas to get us out of there lets prove we are young and dumb by STAYING. This chick is lucky not to have gotten shot with a bean bag or tazered. (they DO love to tazer protesters around here) My opinion NO ONE will accomplish ANYTHING by acting like jackass with riot cops. I love this city and I’m still pretty pissed that some assholes smashed up a bunch of places especially our local joints.

  18. LennySeptember 26, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    I feel bad, this shouldn’t of happened. Honestly though, I would of reacted the same way if treated with such force… but also I wouldn’t put myself in such a situation, hence why I’m on my computer and not in jail.

  19. MattSeptember 26, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    It’s not too hard to remember that when you physically assault a cop, regardless of the context, you get arrested. She’s actually lucky. Riot cops of yore would have been beaten her to a bloody pulp as well.
    Anyway, when you go to a protest, you should expect to get arrested — it’s part of the whole civil disobedience thing — but I guess all dilettante anarchists expect is to drink PBR’s with their buds afterward and talk about how cool the “protest” was.

  20. MexicanSongBirdSeptember 26, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Looked like an invitation to me; but an unfortunate situation. It’s a lesson for all of us when it comes to interactions with police – do not interact – simply do what you’ve been told – never retaliate unless you’re living the mandates of your manifesto and you’re prepared to pay the price. I don’t think the girl realized the price she was about to pay. She had no statement to make – it was only a reaction out of the frustration over the indignity of someone’s lack of respect. Tsk, Tsk. Such is the hotheadedness of youth. When it comes to cops on the street we have no power. The cop was wrong to have shoved the girl – she was leaving the area as instructed. He completely provoked the situation and probably deserves some sort of reprimand. It was outrages, but I wouldn’t want to live in a city without cops – best to respect them and avoid them. There’s no police brutality when everyone is living on the right side of the law. Now, there’s a question to ask: Is it getting better out there or worse? Are we afraid to ask the important questions openly, in public forums or only in private between ourselves? 1984 was 25 years ago; perhaps written before its time.

  21. TerrySeptember 26, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Doesn’t take a lot of balls for several grown men to beat a little tiny woman with sticks–especially when it appears they provoked the situation.

  22. adamSeptember 26, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    im no fan of the cops (a few bike related tickets and fines have soured me) but they were just doing their jobs. having been in pittsburgh and knowing that the cops were cracking down i just stayed on my stoop and filled my lungs with teargas. people were too eager to see/ encourage riots when they knew they shouldnt and its just dumb. moral to the story is listen to cops and dont put yourself in situations where you know youre gonna get in trouble.

  23. willSeptember 26, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Yep, not much going on but some officers a little ‘trigger happy’ with too much adrenaline (human nature). Too bad they pushed her around but that’s life, I would’ve talked shit and took off like a scared cat haha

  24. scSeptember 27, 2009 at 1:46 am

    Wowzer: Which is why they were unleashing the LRAD on the first day – before any black bloc actions / damage (which I do not condone) went down, right? (Wonderful non-lethal audio weaponry that produces permanent ear damage and temporarily disrupt vision. First use against US citizens. We sold a bunch of them to China, by the way, so have fun with that, monks.)

    I don’t see how shoving a nightstick in the back of a girl who’s already getting off her bike to facilitate safe forward movement is just “doing their jobs”. Shove metal into my back unnecessarily and I assure you it will take every reserve of my will not to lash out in return. Seems more indicative to me of the general abuse of police power that colored the entire event. Something that was very clear to the Pitt students who were trapped in a stairwell and tear-gassed despite taking no part in the protest, or the numerous peaceful protesters who received heavy-handed treatment from the get go.

  25. beezlebossSeptember 27, 2009 at 2:17 am

    Always revert to your second amendment rights:)
    Those cops are pussies, treating a small women like that is completely unnecessary I don’t care what the cause she is like 100lbs no match for a trained baby killer!
    Unfortunately this is the state of our nation, we are just like Iran in some degree. only difference between us and Iran is they aren’t chicken shit like us.

  26. mattSeptember 28, 2009 at 10:10 am

    i love how the cop arresting her has his “livestrong” bracelet on. irony?

  27. fattySeptember 28, 2009 at 11:35 am

    i dont think the people protesting should break local shop windows and peoples personal property. but i still am waiting for the day when people in these situations start fighting back like in europe.

  28. jordan gSeptember 29, 2009 at 6:44 am

    i like what wendy said,
    “then you assault a police officer with a bicycle.”
    count every time she was physically assaulted in that video. five times by the officers. do not say, “pushing is not assault,” because i guarantee you, if you push an officer it is considered assault. obviously, that was not a wise move on the ladie’s behalf.
    however, all things considered, that felony charge of hers will probably be dropped (recklessness of the officers as made evident by the video). without the video evidence, she’d be screwed.

  29. YuriySeptember 26, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    oink…. oink… oink… smells like police…

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