NYC Cyclist Ticketed For Riding on Sidewalk; Passerby Arrested For Cracking Joke

New York City's War on Bikes results in some collateral damage in this new clip shared by NYC the Blog, which shows a Brooklyn cyclist pulling up to a friend's apartment, but riding from the street onto the sidewalk as he approaches the building. Even those "few seconds" were illegal, especially in this strict climate for riders, so the NYPD pulls him over. As a few neighborhood guys walk by, they tease the cyclist about his silly crime. One police officer takes issue with the banter and that's when things get ridiculous. (Updated below.)

"Riding on the sidewalk, huh?" a guy walking by laughs. "You a grown man, you know that's against the law," adds another man. "Mind your own business," the cop shouts back, and the smart-ass makes his first mistake, countering with, "I wasn't even talking to you!" From there it's on, and pretty embarrassing for both sides, but mainly the professionals.

Friends of the ticketed cyclist are filming the entire thing from a balcony.

The rest really should be watched in the video above, but as the passerby becomes more flabbergasted at the aggressive attitude of the cop in sunglasses, it spirals into a full-blown situation in which five officers, flanked eventually by two cop cars and one NYPD van, arrest a guy for having a big mouth -- basically for being annoying -- and then getting outraged.

The scene gets more chaotic as other people from the neighborhood gather around and the man being arrested claims he's pushed by an officer.

According to the video description, the man was eventually charged with "harassment, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest." The guy who started the whole thing by riding on the sidewalk (for a split second, his friends claim) stands in one spot through the entire thing.

[h/t NYC the Blog]

UPDATE: NYC the Blog reported over the weekend that the YouTube user who videotaped the whole thing above came through with an update on Twitter about the man arrested in the clip. @JoshuaBamboo writes "just met with the family. He was finally released; charges weren't dropped." Apparently online outrage was not enough to right this ridiculousness (yet). He also added, "Meanwhile, if there are any lawyers interested in helping, please contact me. Thanks, everyone!"

[jcoscarelli@villagevoice.com / @joecoscarelli]


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theaccountitestwith
theaccountitestwith

Seems like there are too many cops in to small an area.  The only one's working are the criminals.

theaccountitestwith
theaccountitestwith

Seems like there are too many cops in to small an area.  The only one's working are the criminals.

Scottnieto
Scottnieto

just say your sorry and move on...why challenge the police?

hvermont
hvermont

It looks like NYC is starting to have the same kind of crime problem we have in Vermont - not enough criminals to go around... forcing the police to "drum up business" however they can...

McWayne
McWayne

Riding on the sidewalk isn't necessarily the best idea but if it wasn't packed with walkers what's the harm?

The marshal law, police state isn't coming folks, it's here. Right there in that video defecating all over everyone's constitutional rights.

Billff1
Billff1

cop should be suspended before he does something worse. He has attitude problems

everyone
everyone

Wow. And we're giving these psychopaths guns and badges?!

CXB_2
CXB_2

I disagree with the way the police handled this issue but they were correct in asking the passerby to mind his own business. The arrest was an issue between the police and the biker. The passerby was wrong for getting involved with his comments and the police was wrong for arresting the man for making a harmless remark.

pschase
pschase

How is it that everyone walking the streets knows where the "bad" shit is happening, but three squad cars have to roll in for a guy on a bike and the average snarky New Yorker? I guess the city would have gone to ORANGE ALERT if someone jaywalked the corner just then!

Frankiedimes
Frankiedimes

What an abuse of power!! However, it is always wise to do as the police instructs in a situation such as this. I understand the guy felt as if he did nothing wrong, but that is something for the prosecutor/judge to decide. If the cop say stop, you should probably stop walking at that point. If there weren't so many witnesses this guy probably would have been taken to the ground if not worse.

I was stopped by a police officer while I was walking through the grounds of a hotel after coming from a friend's room. I jokingly said, "What can I do for you, Mr. Officer of the Law?" (as Robin Harris-the comedian always says in his standup routine). The officer didn't find it funny and became angry although I was smiling and not trying to belittle him. I was just in a good mood. He asked me for ID. I showed him my drivers license which was expired for about a week. He ask me what was I doing at the hotel, I said I just visited my friend in room 506. Since I hadn't done anything wrong/illegal he gave me a ticket for having an expired driving license.

I told the police officer, I'm walking not driving. He said he didn't care and for me to laugh at that! I explained the incident to the judge and it was thrown out of court. But I still had to take time from work to make an appearance and the officer didn't even show up to court.

Michael
Michael

This is New York, who cares... jeez...

Jrabuse
Jrabuse

All I saw was a persons 1st ammendment get violated at first I thought it could be perceived as obstructing govermental administration but after consideration I must say I have seen cops crack jokes at people they arrest in plain view of the public on TV .... but luckly for theyoung man who was arrested they didnt beat on him with nightsticks or mace him as he was trying to walk away ...

Dave(SMH)
Dave(SMH)

"You a grown man, you know that's against the law,"

I would say "YOU a grown man... when the police tell you to move on, you move on... You don't take on the NYPD without expecting some sort of consequences."

blackHat777
blackHat777

Your tax dollars at work.

Ever wondered where the cops were when, say, you were being mugged at gunpoint, or your car or house was being broken into, or when some guy decided to drag his girlfriend into the street and start beating her, but when you called the police they didn't have any units available?

Easy. They were doing *this*.

Djplastech
Djplastech

Disgusting. I can't believe this is allowed.

sparrow
sparrow

What's up with the cops in New York ? Don't they have real criminals to catch, WHAT A JOKE ON THE GOOFY COP.

Jaysiszzle23
Jaysiszzle23

Good for him. He should learn to keep his mouth shut if it has nothing to do with him.I do not agree with the Police for pulling the cyclist over but many felons are caught and arrested by slipping with petty offenses. Murder suspects jump the turnstile and get caught.Guys caring drugs or weapons steal candy and get busted. Let the Police do what they need to...stay out of their business. You have no idea what was going on! Maybe they follwed him from the scene of a crime...do you know they didn't? Just STFU and mind your own business.And yes, that dumb ass almost did insite a riot...did ou see everyone else that had no idea what was happening come to his rescue...how long before one of them takes a swing?BBack up fata$$!!! You have no idea what's going on...it was like an elephant stampede up in dat mofo!!

Cucycln
Cucycln

This is what you get when you live in NYC.....everyone there is worst then animals. My dog has more sense these people on the street. If NYC fell in the ocean would be the best thing that every happen to the US/\.

Vnm1827
Vnm1827

NYPD doing their job that's all keep your opinions to yourself don't like law and order move to the middle east, what that man did was trying to incite a riot and obstruct governmental administration.

Xmen1906
Xmen1906

Two things about this video. The guy on the bike and guy arrested were cracking jokes at each other. Also the guy in red the red shirt was more of a disturbance

Tjg1506
Tjg1506

Dumb ass punks filming it...way to support your local police! If that "joker" was in your face breaking your balls, you'd want the police there to protect your punk ass!

Teknosapien
Teknosapien

Glad all the real crime has been taken care of. now they are the comedy police.

Fcas
Fcas

Police asking the lady to calm herself... even though it was the police that escalated things. This is why citizens should always have the right to arm themselves. The police state is getting worse!!!

Marty Barfowitz
Marty Barfowitz

The cyclist is standing right next to a legal curb-cut and garage. If he'd been driving a car onto the sidewalk, these cops wouldn't have had a second thought about it. NYPD: You are discrediting yourselves by pursuing this irrational crackdown against bicyclists. Stop it.

Yocap
Yocap

I would like to know what the Judge said....Did it make the Courts or get dismissed at the Pct? Funny, all those Officers responding I did not see one Sgt.

Thea
Thea

I'm betting the original police officer who got mad had just that morning realized that "it's just a job, and you're just a tool," and he was upset about it. Creepy that all the REST of the officers didn't try to talk him outta being mad. "Face" is of course very important to people, it's just you gotta build it on something relatively stable, that isn't gonna end up hurting other people. Thing is, folks try to contrive that stability by creating a role and then filling it, as if that automatically makes you good, instead of vesting it in things like honor, integrity and ethics. None of these require rocket science. But they're more accessible in a social system that isn't wrapped around victimization, because then the conventional narrative and the reality are more closely aligned.

bikesgonewild
bikesgonewild

...you guys can break it down any way you want but one thing is abundantly clear...that whole situation is fucking absurd...

Steven Fleming
Steven Fleming

I'm on my way to New York next month, and was planning on spending a week just riding around. I'm not even sure now that I want to. I understand fines for driving cars on the footpath, but fining cyclists, if they're not being reckless, is one step from making laws about running.

Anon
Anon

Why have balls or defend your Constitutional right to free speech?

Duececassel
Duececassel

Yo jizz23... your a real dumbass. "A riot". That man was practicing free speech you fuckin retard. Our first amendment. "Drug dealers steal candy and get caught"? Wow your mommy must be real proud of you. Next time keep your cum dumpster shut.... jizz 23

Something Witty
Something Witty

Why do you hate the United States of America? If you want to live in a police state, go to Central America.

Duececassel
Duececassel

Yo vnm1827 you're a real fuckin loser huh. "Entice a riot"? What are you retarded or some shit. That man was practicing his right to free speech. You dumbass. Its stupid fucks like you that fuel these cops to doing this dumb shit. You're a real idiot. Next time keep your cum dumpster shut. I pity idiots like you

Rainne Cassidy
Rainne Cassidy

Inciting a riot? By cracking a joke? You need your priorities checked.

ralba
ralba

You have to be kidding right! Seriously Vnm! These cops clearly over stepped their authority and then conjured some story to arrest the man. Instead of busting a cyclist for jumping the curb to ride 5 feet to their friends apartment they should have busted the guy across the street dealing drugs.

Also, the guy wasn't even talking to the cops - so the cops then proceed to him, demand for ID - which he doesn't have to give them! Especially since he committed NO crime.

Please learn that there is NO LAW in NYS and would argue most states in the US but, the backwards ones like Arizona, that require you to have an ID or to show one to an officer without reason. Why, because he said so? You have to be kidding.

So the cop goes for the $50 summons on the guy on the bike, then arrest some other guy because of a joke, gets detained for not even a crime - costing me and you MORE TAX DOLLARS - which from this video evidence will sue the NYPD and get a nice settlement. COSTING ME AND YOUR MORE TAX dollars!

Xmen1906
Xmen1906

How did he obstruct governmental administration?

William N. Grigg
William N. Grigg

If armed cretins in government-issued costumes can treat innocent people this way, we don't have to "move to the middle east"; the worst of it has already moved here.

Rainne Cassidy
Rainne Cassidy

Inciting a riot? By cracking a joke? You need your priorities checked.

Rod Flash
Rod Flash

I agree 100%. A patriot would never let the public know how stupid the cops can be. It undermines their authoritah and opens the door for terrorists and dirty hippies to illegally exercise the freedoms in the constitution that were written to protect the cops from looking stupid. Absolutely.

JD
JD

This is why the rest of the world hates America.

Missyb
Missyb

The ticketing officer is a sgt., he was training the two rookies that were in the van with him. No, it was not thrown out. The sgt was determined not to let it go. The man was charged with disorderly conduct, impeding police business(something to that effect) and resisting arrest.

GB
GB

The officer who initiated everything and made the arrest was a Sergeant.

Dusanmal
Dusanmal

Laws about driving bicycles in NY are painfully obvious and clear. Drive on the road, on the right side, as close to curb as practical... Law leaves choice for assessing danger on your side and if YOU think that it is safer for you, you have right to the whole width of the traffic lane. All traffic laws and regulations apply to bikes too. I drive here for couple of decades, daily. Never have had problem obeying these simple rules nor have been in danger from anyone.So, WHY drive on sidewalk? Bicyclist would be upset if trucks drove in bike lanes and would want them ticketed. Leave sidewalks to pedestrians for whom they are designed. Come to NYC and drive whole days long and enjoy but don't violate simple and clear traffic regulations, there is no need to.

Mellow Yellow
Mellow Yellow

Don't be afraid to ride, or the fascists win.

Just come in with your eyes open, know the laws, your rights, and expect them to be violated at the hand of NYPD. But if you are minding your Ps and Qs, you'll be fine.

We have MANY great opportunities to ride in the coming month!

Yocap
Yocap

You are correct....I thought it was just hash marks, but a second look you can see his stripes and shield....And he is the one who is supose to make the right decisions...

Missyb
Missyb

In actuality, the cyclist was not disobeying the law. He was returning to his home where the impending ticket was being issued, on his driveway. "IRONIC OR MORONIC"?

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