Deal with it.
Secondly, speaking of civil rights, our police still haven't forgotten how to violate them, even in the most "liberal" bastions of Canada's underpants:
A bicyclist says San Francisco police officers used excessive force after stopping him for allegedly using a cell phone in the South of Market neighborhood this month — an arrest that was partially caught on video and that has sparked an internal affairs investigation.
Yet another reason, as if we needed one, to fight these stupid cell phone bike bans. (Unless you like giving the police more reasons to harass you.)
Donovan Reid was stopped while making a food delivery Jan. 3 for Postmates, he wrote on Facebook. The officer told him he was illegally texting, and Reid said he responded that he was actually using navigation.
Reid said that after he began recording the exchange on his phone, the officer told him to drop it. The officer then “grabbed my shirt collar and started punching me in my stomach,” Reid said. “He reached for his mace and impaired my vision and then began grabbing me by my neck and slamming me to the ground, placing his knee on my back.”
Yeah, the cyclist seemed quite menacing in that video. I'm sure the officer will claim Reid threatened to assault him with the burrito he was delivering, and Internal Affairs will release details about its "epic" length and girth.
Bill Burr once described Boston as a "racist San Francisco," but maybe San Francisco is just a racist Boston.
Thirdly, New South Wales police deny shoving that cyclist off his bike and claim that the officer merely "tapped" him:
Funny, isn't that exactly what you tell your parents after you punch your sibling?@mjog Balance needed: Police video shows cyclist ran red, just missed cars. Ignored sirens. tapped on shoulder for attn NOT pushed— NSW Police (@nswpolice) January 14, 2016
Meanwhile little bro's got three missing teeth and a black eye.
Sorry excuse notwithstanding, I'm not sure how gently it's possible to "tap" a cyclist while riding a motorcycle. However, I do know that, thanks to the laws of physics, applying pressure to the shoulder region of anyone riding a two-wheeled vehicle is a good way to make them lose control and crash. In fact, one of the things they taught us in motorcycle safety school was that you should never let a passenger hold onto your shoulders for that very reason, and you'd think a motorcycle cop would know this as well.
Or maybe--just maybe--he did know this, and as a motorcycle cop he knew exactly how to take down someone on a bicycle.
Just a thought.
And now, I'm pleased to present you with a quiz. As always, study the item, think, and click on your answer. If you're right you'll know, and if you're wrong you'll see a Fredly mishap.
Thanks very much for reading, ride safe, and I'll see you back here on Tuesday.
--Wildcat Rock Machine
1) The cyclist pushed off his bicycle by a police officer in Sydney deserved it because he wasn't wearing a helmet.
2) What is this?
--A meta-perceptual helmet
--A new device that allows you to see around the rider in front of you in pacelines
--A head-mounted laser cannon
--The new Rivendell smart glasses for retrogrouches
3) A proposed Missouri bill would require cyclists to:
--Obtain cycling licenses
--Register their bicycles
--Fly 15-foot fluorescent flags while riding
--Leave the state
4) The Axeon Hagens Berman U23 development team nearly collided with:
(Who would even want that?)
5) Beware of Greeks bearing:
--All of the above
6) It's a Festivus miracle! This bearded bike commuter was gifted with a:
--Large horse on wheels
7) The unlicensed driver who killed a pedestrian on a Brooklyn sidewalk gets to keep his license.
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Fuck it, I'm leasing a Hyundai.