Awful police story out of New York,
reported by CBS New York on Friday:
The trial of a ;man
involved in a deadly police chase in the Bronx last
August ;will get underway Monday.
Police said Adalberto Gonzalez ;was driving a dirt bike the
wrong way on a one-way street without plates or a helmet. Officers
said that they didn’t follow him, but later saw him stopped at
Randall Avenue. When officers approached, Gonzalez
allegedly ;ran off and hopped on the back of another
The cruiser followed, and police said that Gonzalez ;jumped
off the bike just before the cruiser hit them from behind.
The bike’s driver — an unidentified 28-year-old man — was
Surveillance video caught the scene as a police cruiser slammed
into the bike during the chase in Hunts Point.
Gonzalez is charged with resisting arrest and reckless
His lawyer is now asking why the officer driving the cruiser was
cleared of any wrongdoing.
see the video here, which makes “involved in a deadly police
chase” as per the language of that story a bad joke. The deadliness
was 100 percent the cops fault, after two guys on a bike travelled
yards safely down a street. Less “chase” than summary
And it also looks to me like the cops first hit the bike on
which Gonzalez was sitting, before then slamming into him and his
friend from behind when he ran and jumped on his friends bike. That
police action killed the friend. (The news story quoted above
merely says “officers approached” Gonzalez, but again, looks to me
like they drove into him before driving into him again on the
Just another stupid police brutality story, maybe. It has its
larger policy implications, though.
The more harmless things that are made excuses for police to
interact with you–whether drug possession of bicycle helmet (or
motorcycle helmet!) or plate laws–the more horrible crap like this
Also, alas, the more citizens whose outrage should quell this
sort of awful police behavior. are likely to just think, well, if
you weren’t breaking the law, then the cops wouldn’t have
had to drive full-on into two bikes within a minute.