It is a disgrace, and a stain on the collars of every good cop who works for the NYC Police Department. It is also proof that if there is an iPhone around, and someone is shooting a video of a biker/SUV attack like the one in NYC last week, the truth will always prevail.
It might be in this case, however, a good reason to pull the badge of the lying, undercover cop who participated in the NYC, biker/SUV attack by punching out its rear window. There was a 2-year-old baby in that car – just a few feet away from Detective Wojciech Braszczok’s fist and the flying, shards of shattered glass.
“He totally lied when he said he did nothing because he didn’t want to blow his cover.’’ One of the investigators on the case told the NY Post yesterday. That is a pathetic excuse and starting to sound as bad as all the other excuses coming from the lawyers of the other bikers being charged in the case.
How many more excuses are we going to be told? If we believe all the lawyers stories, it looks as if Alexian Lien got beat up all by himself. Another detective, who has already had his badge and gun pulled, claims he was nowhere near the scene of the beating. Hopefully for him, his story can be proven.
The NYPD announced yesterday that they are looking for three more bikers who they believe are responsible for the vicious beating of the SUV driver. To see their photos, click here.
“I was looking over my shoulder to see where my friends were,” Christopher Cruz, 28, told ABC News. “I wanted them to pull in front so I could follow them. I didn’t brake, but when I looked over my shoulder, my hand came off the throttle a little, but the driver didn’t slow down at all and bumped me.”
That excuse, from the biker seen in the biker/SUV attack video who was slowing down his bike, is such a blatant lie, that it sounds like, “Oh, excuse me officer, my foot slipped off the brake pedal right before I plowed into that little, group of nuns crossing the street.” I hope for him that he has a very good lawyer, and one who can prove through forensics that he naturally has a petite, little-girly grip on the throttle.
Bikers call it a brake-check, and they do it all the time when they want to purposely slowdown the driver behind them. Sometimes they do it to allow their friends to get in front of them, but mostly they do it to instigate a confrontation. It is a dangerous and a risky maneuver and one that sometimes ends up in fatality. Most bikers who understand the variable effects of speed and distance stay away from it.
This case has become so messy, for the accused, the victims and the NYPD that it will probably take years before all the court cases are done. It is sad, however, that a man had to become paralyzed, an innocent man beat up, and a woman and a small child traumatized. Hopefully, everyone involved will learn a valuable lesson.
Amateur bikers who think it is funny to speed around the streets and terrorize a city need to be reigned in and punished. Cops who think it is okay to flee a scene need to be reprimanded. Cops who think they can break the law and then hide under it, should be thrown off the police force and dealt with as severely as possible.
The public wants it, and it is the only right thing to do.
© Joseph Rathjen – All Rights Reserved – 2013
- “Phantom” Cops In Biker/Suv Beatdown Tarnish NYPD’s Image (josephrathjen.wordpress.com
- Undercover Cop Arrested In Connection to SUV Beating (nation.time.com)
- REPORT: Bike cop joined in on SUV beatdown… (nypost.com)