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Big $$$ verdict for San Diego cyclist(9 posts)

Big $$$ verdict for San Diego cyclistmorrison
Dec 10, 2001 1:17 PM
There was a great article in the San Diego Union-Tribune on Saturday regarding a cyclist who won a $400,000 judgment against the City.

The cyclist yelled at a cop who almost side-swiped him. The two apparently exchanged words, and the cop pulled him over for 'swerving into traffic lanes' or some $h!t like that. Anyways, the cop ends up putting the guy in a headlock and taking him down. Then he arrested him. The prosecutor ultimately dismissed charges against the cyclist (who happened to be an off-duty fire fighter training for a triathlon).

The fire-fighter then sued the City, and the City declined to settle. (Apparently, at one point, the fire-fighter offered to settle the case for $6,000. ) The jury found the officer and the city liable for false arrest and battery, and assessed damages at $400,000. I don't know how they broke down the award; however, I am assuming a fairly hefty combination of pain-and-suffering and punitives.
here's a link to the articleHitMe!
Dec 10, 2001 1:30 PM
SD Union Tribune Article
We should make copies of the article...Colombian Climber
Dec 10, 2001 3:52 PM
and send it to every police station in the nation!
We should make copies of the article...Zyzbot
Dec 10, 2001 4:46 PM
Why do you assume that all police are anti-bike? I know many police officers who are also cyclists. The actions of one fool shouldn't indict a whole group in your mind.
I guess it is related to where you live....Colombian Climber
Dec 11, 2001 11:33 AM
In my area.. the local club had to make miniature copies of the state MV laws and give them to members to keep inside their patch kit!. WHY? Well because of a history of overt hate by the police against cyclists!. Yes, it is not the same everywhere...but here where I live Cops and cyclist do not get along!

I also used to live in SE VA, and being harrased by the local cops was just a fact of life, that all racers had to put up with.

I can go on and on about similar situations all over the country...not all cops are bad..and many are very procyclists!, but unfortunately, I don;t think that is the norm.
Is the tide turning??rollo tommassi
Dec 10, 2001 4:19 PM
This and the McBride case practically in the same week.

Is this a sign of the future???

Thanks for the good news!!
uh, nomr_spin
Dec 10, 2001 5:33 PM
One dead cyclist and one harrassed cyclist does not make for a movement.

Most non-cyclists probably view the $400K verdict as absurd, and it almost certainly will be reduced. All they can think about is that now some pot hole or signal somewhere won't get repaired with that 400K.

Unfortunately, the tide will only turn when cyclists start dying a lot more often, preferably in some sickening fashion like happened in Illinois. One or more dead cyclists a day might upset some people enough to take some action. I know that sounds harsh, but the truth is, if drivers really cared about and were aware of cyclists in the first place, there wouldn't be any conflicts. If the rednecks who try to run us off the road take pleasure in doing so, because they can almost always get away with it.
and the first thing...Senator LardA$$
Dec 10, 2001 6:46 PM
the first thing they will do if they see an increase in fatalities is start legislating us off the road. for our own saftey of course... never mind people learning to drive. it's amazing how bad driving is just treated like a joke. you might only get in REAL trouble if you kill someone, assuming they can prove it was intentional. sad, sad, sad.
not really a cycling thingDog
Dec 11, 2001 4:36 PM
I think this situation really wasn't related to cycling - that was incidental. Sounds just like a cop with a short fuse.

Dog