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.
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