Cops Chase Down Cyclist Who Didn't Steal Bike

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Police punished a cyclist on Wednesday even after learning the bike he was riding was not stolen and he was no thief.

At about 8:45 p.m on Monday, police spotted a man riding his bike along Cole Street in the Upper Haight. San Francisco police told SF Weekly the bike looked exactly like a bike that had been reported stolen earlier that day.

The cop -- who was in plainclothes -- shouted at the man to stop. The cyclist made a u-turn and pedaled along Haight Street --  away from the officer. The suspicious cop chased after the man, continually identifying himself as the police.

The cop demanded that he get off the bike, but the man rode on, probably thinking it was best to ignore a shouting man in the Haight.

The officer chased the cyclist all the way to Frederick and Arguello streets where he cornered the man and physically pulled him off of the bike.

The cyclist fought with the officer until he was handcuffed, according to police. The officer did a quick investigation and learned that the bike wasn't stolen.

The cop cited the Tenderloin bicyclist anyway -- for interfering with an investigation.

It kinda reminds us of the scene in Monty Python when the constable says: "I clearly saw the defendant ... doing whatever he's accused of."

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saimin
saimin

This sounds like the case of the Harvard University professor who was arrested for breaking into his own house. The cops refuse to admit they were wrong, even after the professor proved that he owned and lived in the house, so they made up some bogus charges anyway.

Yes, the professor was black and the cops were white.

saimin
saimin

Bicycling while black.

withak30
withak30

I suppose we could take it as a sign of progress that the cyclist isn't in jail right now for assaulting a police officer.

BigCityNights
BigCityNights

You guys are rough here. Just from reading the article, cop was trying to do the right thing. After physically removing the dude (who wasn't cooperating) from what he thought was a stolen bike, guy kept fighting. If a cop uses some form of force to remove said person off of said object, he has to cite the guy for the resisting/delaying/obstructing and write a report. Doesn't mean it'll go anywhere in court. Cop just has to cover himself. If it was stolen, everyone would be thrilled to hear the cops are doing something about an oft ignored crime.

rei
rei

I would agree, but the article states that the officer was in plainclothes, so the cyclist couldn't have known he was a cop and not somebody trying to rob him or something.

BigCityNights
BigCityNights

Good point. If the guy reasonably though it just some homeles/crazy guy calling out "police" then I could see that. But its also possible the guy had something on him and could have tossed it when he rode off.

We could "what if" this to death.

njudah
njudah

Typical SF bullshit. I thought "mean street punks" on Haight were the threat - not people who are NOT STEALING ANYTHING. Make sure that cop gets his pension and big salary though!

Sickofit
Sickofit

This is very bad karma for the Peace Officer-what was he/she thinking? What is SFPD doing about it?Like they wouldn't have done the same thing, if someone was chasing them for no-good reason

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