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Cyclist Getting Charged?


So yeah, this is happening. According to the LA Times, after this Orange County cyclist gets bottles thrown at him while riding in the bike lane, and after he submitted the video to the authorities in order to press charges against the offenders, he’s now facing potential charges of “words in public likely to illicit a violent reaction,” because….uhh….that’s a thing. What? I’m at a loss for words here, and if I had them, they might illicit a violent reaction or something. Is this highly unconventional or is this just standard car-centric LA procedure?

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7 Comments

  1. JamesJuly 9, 2014 at 8:19 am

    This seems to be a deliberate assault and should be treated as such by police for all road users safety. Here is a link to explain the cloud of diesel smoke at the end ( which it is probably illegal in itself in LA ).

    http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2014/07/08/maybe-humanity-deserves-extinction-after-all/

  2. Jeremy DayJuly 9, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Be sure to call Sheriff Sandra Hutchens and let her know how you feel. We should all take 2 minutes to make this call for a fellow rider. Their number is (714) 647-7000.

  3. elizJuly 9, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    And the passenger of the truck saying ‘faggot’ isn’t an equally chargeable offense? How does that not fit the category of “words in public likely to illicit a violent reaction?”

    If the cop wants to even play that, I’d say that pretty much cancels out anything the cyclist said. Now you are left with the truck throwing a bottle at someone (assault), and littering. Where is the charge for that? This can’t be for real.

    Please follow up on this story, if possible. I’m very curious about the outcome.

  4. Chicken and Waffle RacingJuly 9, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I’m pretty sure “words in public likely to illicit a violent reaction” would fall under Freedom of Speech.

    Most political, religious & economic speech is likely to “illicit a violent reaction” from me, but I take a breath…count to three…and put my Gatorade bottle back in my holster, like any sane member of a society.

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  6. GaryJuly 9, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    So the truck occupants gets away with litter, smog, and assault?

  7. L. M. LloydJuly 21, 2014 at 6:53 am

    ” Is this highly unconventional or is this just standard car-centric LA procedure?”

    Really depends on where you are in LA. In downtown and Hollywood, I’ve found the cops pretty understanding of cyclists, and even seen cops defend cyclists, and charge drivers who do something like door a cyclist. As you head further west, it gets worse and worse. By the time you get to Beverly Hills, the cops get so ridiculous, that if a car hits a cyclist under any circumstances, the cyclist is probably going to get charged with obstructing traffic.

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