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Videotape of LAPD, bicyclist clash is 'disturbing,' Villaraigosa says

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition that a videotaped incident between LAPD officers and cyclists in Hollywood was "disturbing" and should be investigated.

The mayor shared his thoughts in a short letter to the coalition, which had asked him to comment on the video.

"I fully support LAPD Chief Charlie Beck’s efforts to improve the relationship between cyclists and police officers, and I was very disappointed  to hear about the confrontation in Hollywood on May 28," the mayor said in the statement. "The video from that night is disturbing. The LAPD is conducting a full investigation of this incident, and I have complete confidence in Chief Beck’s commitment to making the city’s streets safe for everyone."

Four police officers involved in a clash with cyclists have been removed from field duty while investigators review the incident. The Los Angeles Police Department launched an internal investigation into the Friday night altercation after a videotape that appears to show an officer kicking the wheel of a passing bicyclist circulated across the Internet.

Several bike riders have accused police of other aggressive behavior during the ride, including allegations that police tackled several cyclists off their bikes and jammed a baton into the spokes of one bicycle. None of those incidents is shown on the tape.

Note: The video below contains foul language.

-- Shelby Grad
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Regardless of whether or not the cyclists were breaking the law (from what I heard this was an organized critical mass), it does not give them ANY right to abuse their power and attack those riders especially the one shooting the video. Rodney King with bikes? I guess being more vigilant will become a focus of other racers, commuters, and enthusiasts myself included. Next time you endanger a cyclists you may not like the end result of a shoe sized dent on your vehicle or worse.

It is funny that there is no videotape of the aggressive actions of these bicycling idiots! I have seen these idiots en masse run through red lights, throw objects at cars and hog the road. Several of these idiots like to buzz pedestrians, including the police. I think that there may be another side to this story, but the officers will be sacrificed by the Chief and Mayor. Not to mention the fun loving Police Commission of liberals/civil rights lawyers. When are the rights of law abiding citizens going to be protected from these cyclist? Seems to me like the Chief and Police Commission will do whatever the Mayor wants because he appointed them.

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