"What's the best way for the cops to make their war on bikers look reasonable? Follow up ticketing a man for riding on a sidewalk (for a few feet) as he approaches his friends' house by arresting the onlooker who cracked a joke about it. See, that way everything else seems sensible by comparison. Friendly quips like, 'You a grown man; you know that's against the law'? Them's fighting words to the NYPD."
"From JoshuaBamboo [who shot the video] on Twitter, 'just met with the family. He was finally released; charges weren't dropped.'"*
'In this situation there is NO probable cause. The cops simply approached someone because he was exercising his right to free speech and they couldn’t handle it. After the contact is made, there is no way that officer is going to back down, so they trap this man into a confrontation. Notice the three officers looming. They know he has every right in the world to walk away, but by giving him no route to go, his actions can be deemed as aggressive if he tries to escape. This is a common tactic.'" *
" ... You do not have to answer any questions. You can say, 'I do not want to talk to yo u'd walk away calmly. Or, if you do not feel comfortable doing that, you can ask if you are free to go. If the answer is yes, you can consider just walking away. Do not run from the officer. If the officer says you are not under arrest, but you are not free to go, then you are being detained. Being detained is not the same as being arrested, though an arrest could follow.
The police can pat down the outside of your clothing only if they have 'reasonable suspicion' (i.e., an objective reason to suspect) that you might be armed and dangerous. If they search any more than this, say clearly, 'I do not consent to a search.' If they keep searching anyway, do not physically resist them. You do not need to answer any questions if you are detained or arrested, except that the police may ask for your name once you have been detained, and you can be arrested in some states for refusing to provide it."
" ... Having ridden a bike for five years in New York, Lecomte du Nouy said she couldn't understand how the city -- which is supposedly trying to encourage cycling -- would hit bike riders with frivolous tickets.
'He said,"Could you get off your bike please?" she told The Post.
'I said, "Why?" He said, "You're not allowed to carry a purse on your handlebars." I thought he was joking.
... The summons listed her offense as "carry articles on bicycle ..."
"I gave this video to the family. He is still being held in custody.*
"I met with the guy's nephew last night. He is out of jail. The charges remain the same. The next step is court."*
Report: Up To 400 NYPD Officers May Be Charged With Fixing Tickets.
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