Bicycle Civil Liberties Union (BCLU): Abuses of First Amendment Protected Demonstrations
Bicycle Civil Liberties Union (BCLU)
Case Histories -- Police Abuses at Demonstrations
Too many to count...will be adding more over time. Note that due to time and technical constraints, the BCLU abuse reporting system was disabled for about two years. This site needs to have a PHP or other automatic interface so reports are generated immediately and without precious volunteer time.
NYPD cop assaults cyclist and ACTUALLY SUFFERS MINOR DISCIPLINARY ACTION!
Bay Bridge Bicycle Riders -- seven were falsely arrested Monday, October 2, 2000 while demonstrating on a wide range of issues, most prominently against the veto of the "Good Roads Bill" by Governor Davis. www.bikethebridge.org for more information.
Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles: reportedly, 300 cyclists rode in a peaceful and nonviolent Critical Mass demonstration, 75 of them were coralled and falsely arrested after being escorted and facilitated by police on Tuesday, August 15th. Many were still in jail days later with reports of strip searches and cavity searches. Bicycles are being held "as evidence" (something that rarely happens to any motorist, even a motorist who kills someone). Some arrestees who have been released have been ordered "not to bicycle in LA". Numerous stories in independent and corporate media. Cyclists are outraged and planning a legal challenge to these abuses. California Highway Patrol was involved. There is now a web page at http://www.criticalmassdnc.com/, although as of Aug. 24 it has not been developed much -- probably because so many people are scrambling to stay on top of the situation directly. We have compiled many of the emailed news stories and personal accounts here.