So waking up this morning I had planned on finally posting all the pics and beta from Critical Mass this past Friday only to come across this article. As many of you know NYC's Critical Mass and its barbarous police force have increasingly clashed over the event and it has gotten to the point where inclusion in the ride is grounds for immediate and unquestioned arrest. As the article states, however, and as the Youtube video shows, these hosilities are also manifested as physical violence on the part of police. As can be seen in the video a cyclist participating in this Friday's ride was selected from the crowd and bodychecked from his bike onto the sidewalk and immediately arrested. The brutal calm in the officer's behavior is enough to make one sick.
On a positive note this singluar event just happened to be captured on camera and a sliver of justice was served as the officer was "stripped of his badge and gun." The article notes, however, that the officer remained on police duty relegated to desk work most likely until this event falls out of media attention. As of publication the charges to the cyclist still stand.