Video Differs From Police Account
March 31st, 2008

A group of around 50 protesters, mostly on bicycles, gathered in the crisp evening this Friday at Union Square for a civil liberties rally.

In the freshly fallen night, they criticized the arrest of individuals for documenting the summonsing and arrest of fellow protesters during a monthly bike ride called “Critical Mass” last year. Bicycle bells rang out in agreement at each call for prosecution for the police officers involved.

Demands for new permit rules, which currently mandate that a permit be obtained for a parade of more than fifty people, were met with cries of “Bike-lujah!” Opponents of the rule say it stifles spontaneous protests by forcing them to go through the permit application process.

Protest organizers projected onto a ripped canvas video footage of the arrests taking place, juxtaposing them with the criminal complaints filed against those arrested. Indeed, the video and the complaints were certainly different.

On the video, it shows police telling protesters filming and taking pictures to back away, which they comply with, but are then arrested anyway. In the complaints, the police allege the documentarians interfered with their activities.

The video also shows an officer, which they identify as Sgt. Timothy Horohoe, knocking a moving cyclist of his bike, and then charging him for leaving his bike in the crosswalk. Horohoe is also implicated in the other incidences as well.

After the rally, they rode off in a new Critical Mass. Despite a significant police presence, no arrests were made, and no tickets were issued.

By on March 31, 2008, 3:18 pm
In category: Civil Rights,Crime & Safety,Transportation | 4 Comments »

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4 Responses to “Video Differs From Police Account”

  1. Lenore Stine Says:
    April 2nd, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    disgusting police – bicyclist and regular people have not rights. She was well within her right not to show id! She was not doing anything!

    CRITICAL MASS IS NOT CONDUCTED LIKE THIS IN OTHER CITIES. It is just the New York city cops that violate rights again and again!

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