Fort Lauderdale Police Officer Knocks Down Critical Mass Rider With Motorcycle

"He jumped up and yelled 'Do you know what you just did?'," says James Musters, a rider who was about 15 feet behind Benjamin when it happened. "The policeman walked toward him, and he backed off by the verge near a tree."

Christopher Lloyd was riding by when he saw his acquaintance and neighbor yelling at the motorcycle cop.

"Ra got up screaming and shouting, and I stepped in there and pushed them apart," he remembers. "A female officer showed up on the scene and started responding very professionally. She nodded her head and gave me the OK to calm him down before she engaged him again."

Lloyd, who's lived in South Florida for 40 years and usually rides on a tandem bike with his 10-year-old daughter, says that Critical Mass is big enough to need police around and that Benjamin could have handled the situation better.

"[Ra] didn't follow what the cop was trying to say, and he could have just taken a different route home," he says. "If we can get a police escort like they have for funerals, I'm all for it. I don't want drivers trying to plow through intersections or gaps in our ride."

But Benjamin insists that he's going to fight his ticket for failure to change lanes and that the cops acted with excessive force.

"Once I was off my bike, he grabbed me and just chucked me," he alleges. "I was just going five miles per hour more than the pace of the ride, so that's kind of frightening. I have to deal with idiots on the road all the time, and someone wearing a badge doesn't know that if he touches a 150-pound kid on a 20-pound bike with a motorcycle that his life might hang in the balance?"

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reddingjeff9
reddingjeff9

I would love to see a Critical Mass ride on Bee Ridge Rd. in Sarasota to protest the lamp posts in the middle of the sidewalk and the lack of a bicycle lane.


I am a vision impaired disabled vet who has been fighting with the FDOT for over ten years about their policy of placing street lamp posts in the middle of the sidewalk and calling it ADA Compliant because they only have to provide a 36 inch clearance to the curb for wheelchair access. They are using the ADA to circumvent other standards regulating the obstruction of sidewalks.  The ADA was not made into law so that the FDOT and their contractor friends can save money by obstructing the middle of sidewalks.  As a disabled veteran this dishonors my service.  Anyone concerned about Civil Rights and the ADA should be outraged at the conduct of the FDOT.

Florida Government and the FDOT are corrupt.  From 2000 to 2010, there have been 781 federal convictions on corruption charges in Florida.  That's an average of one every five days for 10 straight years.

cparman5
cparman5

As a Floridian and graduate of UF, this is just one of the reasons I left South Florida and the state in 94'. People in south Florida as just plain A-holes !

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

........................and then there is this:

The South Florida Sun Sentinel was awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism Monday for its investigation of off-duty police officers who endangered the lives of citizens by speeding.

The newspaper, owned by Tribune Co., started its investigation after an off-duty Miami police officer was pulled over by a Florida state trooper for driving 120 mph in fall 2011. The resulting three-part series, "Above the Law," found that accidents caused by officers driving at high speeds — in many cases when off duty — caused at least 320 crashes since 2004, killing or maiming 21 people

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

....................seems like the police are causing more problems than the civilians

i have lately witness more police harassment against the homeless hobos downtown ft liquordale .................. and at least three dozen will get indicted on the rothstein matter - many senior officers, so things are closing to the end for some long term LEOs careers

once the bad eggs are removed maybe things will change for the better

kage10
kage10

It's funny that we had no problems without the cops. The whole point of the ride is the mass - it's not "an event". It's to bring awareness to drivers, who get mad, yes, but deal with it! It's one night a month. Bikers have to deal with angry motorists trying to run us down every day. Kee the cops at home. We get harassed enough from civilian motorists.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII topcommenter

Fire every cop and make them reapply after a psych evaluation.

FatHand
FatHand

FTL PD, just people helping people for a safer city...by knocking over one bicyclist at a time.

John Herman
John Herman

When as a group so large, they ( cyclist ) don't use the roads but instead take them over ignoring all the " rules of the road " forcing pedestrians and motorist into abyss! Hats off to the Cops!!!

ted017
ted017

@frankd4 FOP - these drunks think they are beyond the law carrying their tin badges in a ANY STATE.

Charlie
Charlie

you are an inhuman monster

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