During a ride in Los Angeles, loosely organized by Critical Mass, protesting British Petroleum's handling of the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, an LAPD officer inexplicably kicked a passing cyclist. The incident was caught on camera by another cyclist who then shouted "what the F--- was that for?" Seven seconds later, at least two police officers converge on him, knocking him to the ground.
The internal affairs unit launched a use-of-force investigation after video of the incident was posted online and a complaint was filed by cyclists, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement Saturday.
The kick is so unprofessional (and it comes from a bike cop) and if I were a cop, I'd be PO'ed about it. It doesn't even sound representative of the way most officers behaved that night.
The *vast majority* of the police along the way were helpful and accommodating. Even firefighters were out on the sidewalks outside of their stations giving high fives and waving hello. But for whatever reason the police in Hollywood were extremely aggressive and were harassing riders for no reason other than to get their kicks (I presume).
Then, they decide they had to tackle the cyclist with the camera. They couldn't ask him to pull over first? Why must cyclists always be arrested with use of force? When cops want to stop someone in a car they don't crash their car into it. They don't punch the driver through the window.
Anyway the whole thing seems like a replay of the NYPD-Critical Mass body slam from 2008. Let's see if they falsified a police report.