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Videotaped clash jeopardizes LAPD relationship with cyclists

The Los Angeles Police Department has made some major strides in recent months to build trust with L.A.'s cyclist community.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck vowed to make the department more responsive to the rights of cyclists. The department has moved in recent months to revise policies on how it classifies and investigates hit and runs, and activists have praised a program that gives officers training in bike issues.

"In six months, more has been accomplished with Beck than with 10 years of LAPD," said Stephen Box, a cycling advocate who meets regularly with the newly formed LAPD bicycle task force.

But a videotaped incident in Hollywood last week between LAPD officers and cyclist has jeopardized that progress.

The LAPD launched an internal investigation into the altercation after a videotape that appears to show an officer kicking the wheel of a passing bicyclist circulated across the Web.

"I mean, we were doing some great work, and then this incident takes place and destroys all that," Box said.

Read the full story by Times staff writer Kate Linthicum here. In the video above, she discusses the issue. The video in question can be viewed here.

Can the relationship be saved? Share your thoughts below.

 
Comments () | Archives (5)

Is this a joke? She can barely get a sentence out.

I recently got a bicycle to be more environmentally friendly. I think it's great how so many people in California enjoy cycling. But it's really unfortunate that the people who are suppose to protect and serve us are really just out to put us in the hospital. At least that cop. Do your Job!

Police culture can't be changed overnight. Maybe this regrettable incident can be used to encourage a change in attitude.

I really hope that the police sufficiently address their own officers' problems with bicyclists -- they cannot be trusted to enforce the law or protect the rights of cyclists if they themselves show very little respect for bikers. Bicycles are a wonderful alternative to cars and other vehicles, it is not only cost-efficient but environmentally-friendly so if anything, those who take a step towards being a bicyclist should be protected on the road.

http://www.mesrianilaw.com/Bike-Accidents.html

I really hope that the police sufficiently address their own officers' problems with bicyclists -- they cannot be trusted to enforce the law or protect the rights of cyclists if they themselves show very little respect for bikers. Bicycles are a wonderful alternative to cars and other vehicles, it is not only cost-efficient but environmentally-friendly so if anything, those who take a step towards being a bicyclist should be protected on the road.

http://www.mesrianilaw.com/Bike-Accidents.html


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