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April 28, 2009 5:34 PM   Subscribe

Police in Denmark target bike riders. SLYT Police in Denmark take drastic steps to change the habits of bike riders...
posted by HuronBob (49 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
Everyone needs a hug.
posted by aubilenon at 5:37 PM on April 28, 2009


Needs more tackling and falsifying of police reports.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 5:47 PM on April 28, 2009 [9 favorites]


Hugs not drugs.
posted by porn in the woods at 5:47 PM on April 28, 2009


now that's what I call socialism!
posted by mrt at 5:53 PM on April 28, 2009


You just made me smile so much, you bastard. Goddamn I love hugs.
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 5:55 PM on April 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


The contrast is painful.
posted by Oxydude at 5:56 PM on April 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


Wow, with this much love around I bet that Fuck the Police means something totally different in Denmark.
posted by ob at 5:57 PM on April 28, 2009 [16 favorites]


Hugs AND a free helmet?!?

*Adds Denmark to List of Places to Break the Law*
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 5:57 PM on April 28, 2009


Meanwhile, in Los Angeles...
posted by Parasite Unseen at 6:10 PM on April 28, 2009


Denmark's police callout videos even have audio.
posted by DU at 6:13 PM on April 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


Whatever, we got innocent police too.

Sort of.
posted by sarcasman at 6:13 PM on April 28, 2009


If the cops gave me a free helmet like that I'd probably wear one too.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 6:14 PM on April 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


Boy, that Giro logo sure is noticeable.
posted by fijiwriter at 6:17 PM on April 28, 2009 [5 favorites]


NO TOUCHING!
posted by ColdChef at 6:18 PM on April 28, 2009 [2 favorites]


I don't care about the hugs but a free helmet would be great.
posted by Memo at 6:36 PM on April 28, 2009


fijiwriter: "Boy, that Giro logo sure is noticeable."

Perhaps, I'm thinking politics - an incumbent mayor to counter some recent news about rising head injuries - or part of a campaign to enact helmet laws - or to reach younger voter demographics, as suggested by a focus group etc.. this is one of those "alien zeitgeist" FPP's, more common from Japan.
posted by stbalbach at 6:42 PM on April 28, 2009


Whether it's product placement, politicking or just public safety, helmets & a hug are okay by me.
posted by Emperor SnooKloze at 6:45 PM on April 28, 2009 [4 favorites]


I got a $120 ticket I got for not wearing a helmet , then had to go buy a $40 helmet. I'd rather have been hugged.
posted by Liquidwolf at 6:47 PM on April 28, 2009 [2 favorites]


CitrusFreak12 If the cops gave me a free helmet like that I'd probably wear one too.

Exactly the point. They're probably saying something along the lines of "We'd rather you didn't die of a cracked skull, so wear this." along with the hug.
posted by aeschenkarnos at 6:47 PM on April 28, 2009


... and *THAT'S* why Republicans want the right to carry concealed automatic weapons!
posted by markkraft at 6:51 PM on April 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


-- The biker smiles are the best...as if they were being hugged by a big puppy instead of a politi.

--ColdChef, if that was an Arrested Development reference, I salute you!

--Also, it soothes my soul to read these comments as opposed to those on YTube.
posted by hellogoodbye at 6:52 PM on April 28, 2009


I hope the lady cyclists also got helmets... and a firm handshake.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 6:56 PM on April 28, 2009


yep, the smiles on the bikers were what hooked me as well... genuine delight...
posted by HuronBob at 6:56 PM on April 28, 2009


Wow. I teared up a little.
posted by regicide is good for you at 7:02 PM on April 28, 2009


Exactly the point. They're probably saying something along the lines of "We'd rather you didn't die of a cracked skull, so wear this." along with the hug.

Makes for an interesting contrast with the "contrast is painful" video.

In Denmark, if you break the law and don't wear a helmet, you may be accosted by police. They will tell you that your life is valuable, hug you, and then give you a helmet.

In the US, if you ride your bike on a sidewalk, you may be accosted by police. They then may try to pepper spray you, fail miserably, and then knock you off your bicycle, Then they may become violent, hold you down after giving you a knee drop (or two) in the back. They will call for backup. You will have more officers harassing you. You will be forcefully handled, your face smashed on the pavement, your hair pulled to control you. An officer will punch you in the face, after you've been handcuffed. And then punch you again, and maybe twice more for good measure. Probably you'll wish they just maced you straight out without all the complications, but that would require some competence I guess.

I wonder if any schools in Denmark use corporal punishment on their students.
posted by splice at 7:03 PM on April 28, 2009 [2 favorites]


POLICE HUMANITY!
posted by Ron Thanagar at 7:09 PM on April 28, 2009 [8 favorites]


I once spent some time busking in Europe. This included some 'innovative' costume choices. I was busking in Amsterdam (on Spuistraat I think) when I was approached by two cops on bikes. I got ready to be harassed by The Man, asked to move on, etc. They started to talk to me in Dutch, and I firmly stood my ground. When they realized that I was from the U.K., they informed me, in polite and perfect English, that I should be careful when collecting money in the beat-up and be-ribboned trilby on the ground on front of me (part of the innovative costume). One could find all sorts on Spuistraat, they said, and someone might try to steal the hat and the money in it. Therefore I should be careful to keep the hat right next to my feet. Then they wandered off down Spuistraat.
posted by carter at 7:23 PM on April 28, 2009 [5 favorites]


"POLICE HUMANITY!"

for the win....

now we can close this thread...thanks...
posted by HuronBob at 7:26 PM on April 28, 2009


Someone remix this with the former NY cop knocking that rider off his bike.
posted by Krrrlson at 7:27 PM on April 28, 2009


I wish when the police pull me over for not having a safety inspection sticker, they would hug me and give me a free car inspection. Because they care about my safety so much.
posted by XMLicious at 7:41 PM on April 28, 2009 [1 favorite]



posted by BrotherCaine at 8:29 PM on April 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


Why is it that none of the female riders got helmets and hugs? Anyone?
posted by dejah420 at 8:40 PM on April 28, 2009


Why is it that none of the female riders got helmets and hugs? Anyone?

They're not that kind of cop?

Seriously though, I'm not sure what was up with that. Maybe they had a team of women cops hugging and helmeting women cyclists.
posted by BrotherCaine at 9:00 PM on April 28, 2009


CopenhagenZine.com: Life in the World's cycling capital.
posted by BrotherCaine at 9:14 PM on April 28, 2009


Well, that was weird.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:31 PM on April 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


Why is it that none of the female riders got helmets and hugs? Anyone?

As a Dane my guess would be that some statistics somewhere have shown that, as a demographic group, Danish men are significantly less likely to wear helmets when cycling than Danish women. As such, this campaign could be targeted exclusively at men, as a means to increase male adoption of bicycle helmets, and close the gender gap to some extent.

All of this predicated my belief, founded entirely on conjecture, personal experience and anecdotal evidence, of course.
posted by Dysk at 10:52 PM on April 28, 2009


I want to live in a place where this is what the cops spend their time doing.
posted by Pope Guilty at 12:07 AM on April 29, 2009 [2 favorites]


What's totally weird is how the cops assume the guys they're 'apprehending' aren't going to go all Rambo and freak out and pull a shiv on 'em or something. Like the cops are thinking, 'hey, we live in a civilized society, let's behave in a civilized manner.' I mean, that's just crazy talk!
posted by From Bklyn at 12:59 AM on April 29, 2009 [4 favorites]


Wasn't that a woman 46 seconds in?
posted by srboisvert at 1:10 AM on April 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


From Bklyn: because Danes very much expect the police to behave this way in normal circumstances (besides, I'd expect the men are actors). They only expect the police to behave badly during demonstrations for e.g. Ungdomshuset.
posted by flif at 1:49 AM on April 29, 2009


Slightly different behaviour from Danish police. Of course, it's the police itself which investigates if the police did something wrong.
posted by flif at 1:51 AM on April 29, 2009


How unexpectedly cute. Only in Denmark, I guess. It's not exactly left-wing, either, although probably left of the US (most everyone is). The protest video though, puzzles me. Why were they raising batons against seated people? Were the protesters using scary words?
posted by Goofyy at 2:59 AM on April 29, 2009


Thanks flif. Now I know they are human too and not the recruits of some kind of Secret Society of Exceptionally Compassionate Gentlemen and Women.
posted by From Bklyn at 3:16 AM on April 29, 2009


Man, I think I need to move to Denmark. New York cops are just not doin' it for me.
posted by orville sash at 5:00 AM on April 29, 2009


Anyone know what's going on in the video flif posted? My totally wild guess is the cops are trying to keep the punks away from the offices of those who bought Ungdomshuset, and doing a piss-poor job. Am I close?
posted by regicide is good for you at 7:13 AM on April 29, 2009


100% pure awesome.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 10:17 AM on April 29, 2009


> CopenhagenZine.com: Life in the World's cycling capital.

So if I read that correctly, the blog is calling this a piece of anti bike propaganda because it is showing cops giving out helmets and then not fitting them properly on the bicyclists heads. Because apparently the hug and the helmet are to imply that riding a bicycle is dangerous and people should take steps for adequate protection?
posted by mrzarquon at 11:56 AM on April 29, 2009


Why is it that none of the female riders got helmets and hugs? Anyone?

I see some M->F hugging going on at :38 and :47. The first one is pretty gender-neutral in appearance but the smile and the ladies' bike give her away. Or maybe its a boy with a pretty smile and a thing for step-throughs, whatever.
posted by Ogre Lawless at 1:32 PM on April 29, 2009


UPDATE:

It's an ad campaign.

But it's still awesome.
posted by availablelight at 7:02 PM on April 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


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