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Cop “Retaliates” Against Cyclist

So yeah, remember the post on Tuesday where we mentioned being careful with cameras on your bike catching YOU in the act of doing something wrong? Well, maybe this is the case, maybe not. I’m gonna side with the cyclist’s assertion that the cop retaliated against him for telling him to move out of the bike lane. I mean, how DARE he! I’m curious if he’ll fight the $200 ticket in court and use the video for his case. What do you think? Should he have said something in the first place? Do you think the cop was retaliating or just enforcing the law?

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13 Comments

  1. mattJuly 26, 2012 at 8:13 am

    vindictive fat douche bag wasting tax payers money , fuck the police if thats how they operate.

  2. tobinrushJuly 26, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Definitely vindictive: the crosswalk light flashing so the cyclist could not have been running a red light.

  3. YupJuly 26, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Dont stop for piggies.

  4. JakeJuly 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Agreed. Definitely a fat cop on a power trip as usual.

  5. MageSTYKJuly 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Show more respect fellas, sure the cop looks/is retarded, but he was polite. The black cop who stopped me last week riding my Black Raleigh Rush-Hour, wasn’t.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ip_gVSl46xI

  6. TomJuly 26, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Technically, he should have stopped. Once the light changes to red and starts blinking you are no longer allowed to start the crossing.

    But practically speaking, roads that use the blinky red lights for ped traffic hold the green lights only for a couple seconds and people usually ignore the green-light rule. I hate this design. It feels as if once the light turns solid red the drivers are allowed to plow through …

  7. JoeyJuly 27, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    If the cop is stopped at a light then the light must have been green for the cyclist right? This was retaliation caught on tape.

  8. guignolJuly 27, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    the cop’s being a dick but hey, being a dick is his job. on the other hand, i do something like this guy did every day and have never gotten a ticket, because i always have a reasonable explanation and cops here (france) tend to be reasonable people. not an anti-american dig (not my overall weltanshauung), just a simple fact discovered in 20 years of living here.

  9. Matthew VarelaJuly 28, 2012 at 7:38 am

    The one thing I find humorous is that the officer was blocking the entire pathway. Though most people ignore that rule across the country. As far as the sitch with the light, I don’t know the laws for NY.

  10. bikesmutJuly 29, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Damn, the right of a police officer to vindictively waste the people’s time and money shall not be infringed upon.

    I want the next part of this video to switch to, “you don’t need to see my identification, these aren’t the droids your looking for”

    But hey, let’s give it up for rendering away shaky vids!

  11. R.July 30, 2012 at 4:05 am

    When a schoolyard bully reaches adulthood in America, he is given a badge and a gun.
    Tap on the roof of an unmarked Minneapolis police vehicle blocking the entire bike lane, and part of the auto lane? Get handcuffed, then tossed around like a ragdoll after the cop breaks yer Rx glasses.
    In fairness, Minneapolis was not rated the #1 Bike City at the time.

  12. JojoJuly 31, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    AMERKIA…land of the free.

  13. PaulOctober 27, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Not that it excuses retaliation, but the cyclist really had no idea why the cop was blocking the crosswalk…possibly surveilling the bike path, remained parked there after ticketing/assisting another who had already left the scene. The cyclist should’ve just went around his car without comment. More importantly, why is this guy riding in front of a car stopped in his path…that’s asking to get run over by an inattentive driver…what if the cop made a right turn on red just as he (the cyclist) rode in front of him.

    In these situations I prefer friendly awareness. I ride up to the blocking vehicle, then stop while making it blatantly obvious that they’re blocking my path which usually elicits a sheepish grin of apology from the driver. Hopefully our interaction will help them to be more cyclist aware and let them know all cyclists aren’t jerks, and above all…I reduce my chances of being hit.

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