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this makes me mad!adventurefind
Sep 27, 2002 6:45 AM
This makes me mad!

A Washington D.C. police officer hauls a female commuter off her bicycle and drags her along the street early September 27, 2002. The cyclist accidentally turned into a street occupied by IMF protesters. At right, her boyfriend pleads with the officer to release her. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
re: this makes me mad!rbb
Sep 27, 2002 7:34 AM
I usually have much respect for Law men/women but after reading a few posts over the last couple days and seeing an image such as this, it's makes me believe that alot of the "good guys" are complete jack-@sses and are high on their daily power trip! Perhaps they need to "..Serve.." more ~correct?, isn't that what they are supposed to do- "serve and protect" seems like alot of them let the superiority complex set in. What a waste it is to abuse their positions for a simple thought! I realize not all law men/women are like this, just a few in the many. But that few is a few too many in my opinion.

-Bob
re: this makes me mad!climbo
Sep 27, 2002 8:00 AM
is there more on this? any links for the story? How did they get down that street with all the police there?
re: this makes me mad!adventurefind
Sep 27, 2002 8:39 AM
I was looking at Yahoo's popular images section and found it there: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/020927/161/2c1rs.html&e=10&ncid=996
I am sure it's getting around, and that pork-chop cop's belly is angry that his obese picture was taken. What a jerk!

I have been pulled over by a cop before, in Libertyville, IL, for riding on the sidewalk (Milwaukee Ave. is not biker friendly). He gave me a choice of riding on the street, or on the sidewalk. He was using his "protective" tactics by yelling at me to pick either the road, or sidewalk. And he was holding up traffic with his cop car, while I was on the sidewalk, listening to his lecture. Jerk!

I respect police officers, don't get me wrong, but when there's an abuse on authority, it simply pisses me off.

The guy is not even a biker cop...just look at him. Him brandishing the pudgy arm of the law...gun on the side, and billy club on hand.
re: this makes me mad!onrhodes
Sep 27, 2002 8:37 AM
I'll be the "other view" here.
How are the police supposed to know who and who isn't involved in this? I was reading just a few minutes ago that protesters have broken windows at Banks, made hundreds of false calls to 911, and been throwing smoke bombs at the police.
I'm sorry she went down the wrong street, but Police officers put their butts on the line every single day of their lives. They have to make split second decisions.
If she was riding towards him, who knows what was going through his head. Why didn't she notice the polive, protesters, etc and avoid them?
Point takenadventurefind
Sep 27, 2002 8:52 AM
I understand your point. That's why I said that I do respect cops.
This guy was doing his job, and making split decisions is a big part of their duty.
But like the cliché says: a picture is a thousand words.

What if he generalized this biker as a protesting goon, and decided to knock her off her bike for his bravado, machismo, and score more points with his peers?
From 14th and L, Downtown DCtriangleforge
Sep 27, 2002 9:38 AM
Why didn't she notice the police? Because there are at least a dozen cops in riot gear on nearly every single downtown intersection today, that's why. You want to get to anyplace downtown on a bike today, you're going to ride past cops. Lots and lots of cops.

I was on edge all the way in to work this morning, with images flashing through my head of me sitting on the curb in plastic cuffs, watching my beloved VooDoo loft into the back of a police truck, never to be seen again. Hopefully, I won't run into any bad luck or bad timing on the way home tonight.

While the police presence is extremely high, the protests have been pretty minor stuff -- here's the lede from the Washington Post's current story:

"Anti-capitalism protesters hoping to shut down Washington this morning staged scattered demonstrations in a downtown abandoned by much of the city's workforce and populated with a large police presence.

"Some of the demonstrations, which have been timed to correspond to the weekend of annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, resulted in minor property damage and clashes with a police force that surrounded - and significantly outnumbered - the activists."

Ever since Seattle, the DC police department has decided that overwhelming force is the only way to deal with globalization protests, and they've gotten good at it. There are good police officers, and there are bad police officers, and let me assure you, the bad ones are having a whole lot more fun today.

And hey, what's a little collateral damage like a few beat-downs on a bike commuter or two, when you've got a bureaucrat looking at spending an extra fifteen minutes getting to a parking space at the Department of Redundancy Department???

And for the record, I think the protesters' tactics are muddle-headed and, ultimately, counterproductive. Not to mention the fact that they run the risk of getting law-abiding bike commuters like me whacked over the head.
From 14th and L, Downtown DCatpjunkie
Sep 27, 2002 12:55 PM
I'm sorry but someone going to a protest where they may need to flee wouldn't be wearing look cleats and riding nice bikes. Tennies and a townie are far better riot bikes and equipment. ;) Can't run in penguin shoes (Not that a cop would know this) and you can hold your Molotov cocktals in the basket. Please I'm Joking.
. I was at the SLC Winter Games and in my experience (I was a witness at the riot there) the cops created it. I know this is far different than the WTO protests but in SLC there was a bunch of (mostly kids) people hanging around not doing much of anything. The cops showd up in full riot gear and amplified a pretty mellow situation into something that turned hostile.
I'm by no means disrespecting the police or endorsing the WTO protesters, I'm more leaned to the opposite, but I think the police need to turn up the sensitivity meters and not turn into whack the m all let god sort them out mentality that leads to sad pictures like this.
From 14th and L, Downtown DCtriangleforge
Sep 27, 2002 1:40 PM
Yep, I was actually concerned enough this morning that I thought about riding the dirt-bag singlespeed MTB instead, just in case I wound up donating a bike to the DC police. Of course, the rattle-can, flat-black paint job that you can barely see because it's covered with stickers of various denominations doesn't really send the message of respectability I wanted to convey this morning, either...

That, and I really, REALLY wanted to show off the TA single-ring kit & new crank I'd installed just last night on my team's Friday morning coffeeshop ride, so I threw caution to the winds. (and there's your Cyclocross content right there, bub!)

Cheers!
From 14th and L, Downtown DCatpjunkie
Sep 27, 2002 6:13 PM
get a portage shot of you running from the cops! would you just lift or shoulder? How about a hurdle through the tear gas? I think we may have a new sport here, Urban Riot Assault Cross. Can we get that Police Yellow Plastic Ribbon about shin high please?
Were you aiming for the "General" board at all? nmEager Beagle
Sep 27, 2002 9:30 AM
Doh! I get it - cyclo "cross". Long day in the office...nmEager Beagle
Sep 27, 2002 9:31 AM
See, they beat up white people too!djkellycx
Sep 27, 2002 6:18 PM
I dont see why anybody is upset, we see this all the time. I mean, not everyone who gets beat up is a gang banger,or poor white trash on "Cops". Its always what we didnt see, thats the excuse when a 6'7 250 cop goes "mike tyson" on a 15 year old. Well maybe she told him to f-off, or maybe she swung at him but of course the "media" doesn't show that. She should consider herself lucky, if she was reaching for her Cliff bar she could of been shot 41 times.
Its a thankless job to be sure, and idiots who abuse power are making sure it stays that way. They disgrace the honorable ones.
Correction - they beat up white "women". Same as always.teamsloppy
Sep 28, 2002 9:59 PM
The cop could have picked the boyfriend. But no, he picked the easier victim. And bicyclists, how benign, how low risk.

I bet he aspires to working vice.