Without FREE transfer to subway this company go bankrupt!
I have absolutely no criminal record whatsoever... except in NYC where I road my bike daily. After a spotless decade in Portland, OR, where the bicycle cops were our friends and protectors, even during Critical Mass, I was literally pulled from my bicycle within a month of moving to Manhattan. It was the Halloween Critical Mass ride, and the officer, who was a nice guy and offered that he thought this was all BS, ticketed me for not having a back light (a reflector was not enough). When I protested, he explained that the mayor had given orders to make up anything they had to in order to detain and ticket bicyclists that night. My friend was ticketed for not having a bell a block later. The officer ticketing me and his compatriot openly debated what they could possibly ticket me and some others for, after we had already been stopped, and examined out bikes to find something. Some months later, on two different occasions, I was ticketed as I came off the street onto the sidewalk. The first time I was in the process of picking up my bike to carry it down a long set of stairs into the park. The second time I was in the process of dismounting to lock it up in front of a pizza place. On neither occasion did I ride on the sidewalk for more than ten feet, and on neither occasion were there any pedestrians in the way. On the second occasion, I was actually searched, handcuffed, and jailed briefly. The judges in theses cases threw them all out without much deliberation, and the officers all apologized profusely for having to waste their and my time. This leads me to believe that there is something going on further up the chain of command. Someone somewhere is targeting bicyclists in NYC, and in the meantime wasting a lot of time and taxpayer money.
I think this video pretty mcuh explains it all.. gets good at 1:20: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzE-IMaegzQ
Here I rule.
Misleading, perhaps, if you're an idiot.
Showing a picture of legal immigrants arriving by boat while the article by Mr. Stringer criicizing the deportation of ilegal immigrants is incongrous and misleading.
Not only are the deported inmates illegal; but 40+% have conviction records; and all have been sent to Rikers on suspicion of some crime (logic says at least a substantial percentage are guilty)
Again I have to ask Mr. Stringer and all other bleeding hearts. What part of the word 'illegal' don't you understand?
dudes, fer ser?
yes 20 bil is prohibitively expensive and waiting for 20 years for a solution equally unattractive- but here's a genius idea- repave the fucking road in the meantime.
it s beyond ridiculous how shitty the BQE is. repave the whole fucking thing. it would come in well below 200$ mil if there weren't five useless P'sOS standing around for every one that was working. get a different quote- use different contractors- whatever- just repave the fucking road already.
Here's the link to register. It's May 21. http://www.halfmarathons.net/usa_half_mara…
I think this video needs to not only make it to tv news stations but also to youtube so that everyone can be aware of this police harassment and to bring greater publicity to your case and the issue in general.
I am a 5 foot 4, 120 lb girl. I had an officer three times my size jump me, slam my face into the concrete and yelled at me to "shut the fuck up" when I screamed from being caught off guard. I had 4 witnesses and a hospital record...and I still got nothing. I hope you pursue this to the fullest extent.
So sorry that happend to you. This reminds me of the treatment dissidents receive in certain dictatorships throughout the world. Usually it is a cadre of thugs loyal to the regime that abduct and brutalize political opponents of the regime in order to silence them and to protect their privelaged place in society. We have seen it in Argentina, Iran, Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya among other places.
In Egypt the military propped up the Mubarak regime for decades and in return they received many entitlements. The NYPD is no different. They receive better pay and conditions than people in the private sector and can do whatever they want on their turf (the streets of NYC).
In your case those NYPD officers were acting as thugs on behalf of the ruling automobile regime. Sadly they see themselves at war with cyclists and they are acting to protect their turf and special privelages on that turf.
They see cyclists as opponents encroaching on their territory. What they did to you was a warning shot to cyclists to shut up and go away. It is very important that you shared your story so more can know what is happening and hopefully we can one day ovethrow this corrupt automobile regime and its thugs.
Dude not identifying himself as a police officer is alarming.
Of course as a fellow cyclist, this is really upsetting and infuriating to me. Another thing that really pisses me off about it is that this is the kind of a-hole police behavior that results in the City getting sued; sued to the tune of 10s, even 100s of million of dollars every year. Tax money out of my pocket and the pockets of every tax payer in NYC. There is absolutely NO place in today's NYPD for idiots like this on some kind of power trip.
I think any video that was shot of this really needs to find it's way to any and all local TV news organizations.
The bikelash must stop. End the NYPD ticket blitz in Central Park. Sign the petition.
This is the 78th Precinct, which has a long history of harassing cyclists at Brooklyn Critical Mass events. This sounds, judging from the unmarked car, to be the work of Community Affairs Officer Jerry. You may call him at (718) 636-6410 to voice your concerns over the treatment of cyclists, and come out last Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the 78th Precinct station house (6th and Bergen, 4th Fl), for the Precinct Community Council a "non-partisan group which meets with police officials to exchange mutual views and seek ways to solve local problems."
For more info check out http://criticalmasspanic.blogspot.com/
I strongly urge every cyclist who has the means, to attach at least one video camera to their bike, preferably multiple cameras. And keep them rolling when you're riding because cops LIE. Contrary to what their mothers told them.
Unbelievable. I'd really like to add this situation to my archive of harassment on my blog. I've been documenting incidents since the NYPD crackdown was officially called out early January. http://www.bikeblognyc.com/nypd-crackdown-on-cyclists/ Could you just tell me the date and time this occured. Thanks Michael Green, email@example.com
Thanks for the suggestion!
When Wal-Mart opens in Brooklyn later this year, we suggest you don't shop there.
Meanwhile, some of us want a Wal-Mart in Williamsburg!
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