Important Advisory to all Bikers
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 approximately 9:30pm:A young bochur riding his bicycle on Albany Avenue near Empire Blvd was stopped by a Police Officer due to the fact that he was riding on the sidewalk. The bochur, who does not speak English, did not understand why he was stopped and when the Officer asked him for identification he did not understand what the Officer wanted from him. The Officer responded by threatening to arrest him. A passerby noticed what was transpiring attempted to explain to the bochur to show some identification. The Officer was ungrateful for this and threatened the passerby that if she continued to interfere she would be arrested for Obstructing Governmental Administration. The passerby called Shmira and Shmira members responded. The members on scene explained to the bochur what was occurring and the bochur furnished his identification. The officer wrote the summons and was on his way.
It seems that due to apparent pressure to produce income for the city, the police have been giving out all types of nonsense summonses like the one the bochur got in the story above for riding his bicycle on the sidewalk. This is not the first such incident this week. On Monday a cyclist was riding his bicycle on the street and only made the short trip from the street to the banks’ entrance and was slapped with a summons. If you do ride your bicycle on the sidewalk and an Officer sees you, chances are YOU WILL BE TICKETED.
We are asking all community residents NOT to ride their bicycles on the sidewalks, even for one foot, just walk it.
If you do happen to get stopped for any reason and a police officer asks you for your identification DO NOT argue with him, even if he is 100% wrong, just be respectful and give him your ID, this way you will have a better chance of not receiving a summons and staying out jail. DO NOT admit guilt, that is for court. You may attempt to argue your case in a respectful manner if you feel that you are innocent, only after you have given the police officer your ID. It just does not pay to get all upset and angry when you WILL end up losing.
If you feel that the police officer was unreasonable or acted unprofessional, you can call 311 and file a complaint. You may also file a CCRB (Civilian Complaint Review Board) complaint at http://www.nyc.gov/html/ccrb/home.html or at your local precinct, (“which will always remain on the officers record”). You should also file a complaint with The Jewish Leadership Council via their website: www.nyjlc.org or call them at: 718-467-5500.
Have all your facts ready and clear before you call and please double check all the details.