NYPD ‘Looking Into’ Officer Assault of Cyclist

The city did not say whether the 88th Precinct officer would be disciplined for his actions.

Photo: JarekFA/Twitter
Photo: JarekFA/Twitter

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City Hall and the NYPD moved quickly to quell a brewing tempest over a police officer who not only blocked a bike lane, leading to a cyclist’s injury, but also shoved a second cyclist for no apparent reason. But neither specifically addressed the allegation of unprofessional conduct.

“The Commanding Officer of the 88 Precinct has been made aware of the allegation and is looking into it,” said NYPD Detective Sophie Mason.

The response may not go far enough for some, but the shoved cyclist preferred to look on the bright side.

“There’s obviously something wrong, but if the behavior can be corrected I think we all win,” said Ian Dutton, who was shoved by 88th Precinct Officer Bravo Wednesday afternoon, just 30 minutes after a cyclist was struck by a driver because she had to veer into traffic to get around Bravo and a fellow officer’s van, which the cops decided to park in the Jay Street protected bike lane.

“This is symptomatic of what we see all the time,” Dutton said. “If he wants to say he made a mistake and he understands that, that’s fine, but it does seem like it’s a pattern of behavior. There’s all kinds of examples of people having negative interactions with police over cycling.”

City Hall did not address the shove either, saying that the 88th Precinct has been informed that officers should not park their vehicles in the path of the bike lane — after Dutton tweeted photos on Thursday of officers parked in the exact same location as they were before Wednesday’s incidents.

Yesterday, officers from the 88th Precinct parked in this exact location forced a cyclist into traffic, where she was injured. Today, the precinct was back in the same location. Photo: Ian Dutton
Cops were back in the Jay Street bike lane on Thursday. Photo: Ian Dutton

“We reached out to NYPD shortly after seeing this morning’s tweet, and the precinct moved the vehicle,” said City Hall spokesperson Seth Stein. “Keeping these lanes safe and clear is a priority.”

Sure, but what about the push?

Streetsblog has reached out to the Civilian Complaint Review Board for prior examples of alleged abuse by Officer Bravo, whose first name has not been provided. We will update this story when we find out.

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  • “Push? That fairy is lucky we didn’t shove the bike up his ass.”

    – every NYPD officer

  • Daphna

    Thank you to Ian Dutton for tweeting this and drawing attention to this problem. It’s terrific that one outcome is that the 88th Precinct in Brooklyn was told to tell their officers not to park in the bike lane.

  • Joe R.

    “Don’t tread on me!”

    -every NYC cyclist to the NYPD

  • kevd

    “shut the fuck up so you don’t get shot or arrested”
    -NYPD in response

  • Jacob

    This type of crap is why I often wear a helmet camera. Then the world can see the ugly nature of how many police and drivers behave, and it’s no longer one person’s word against the other’s.

  • djx

    Toughest job in the world. New York City’s Finest. Spare a moment to thank the boys in blue for protecting you from the scum and lowlifes. Stop second guessing them. What, you want them to come home in a box? Putting their life on the line everyday to keep you safe, and all they ask for is a little respect and courtesy. Most dangerous job in the city. You libs and hipsters complain, but where would you be when the gangbangers and thugs come for you without the boys and girls in blue to protect you? Think about that.

  • kevd

    stop blowing pat lynch.

  • Rider

    I think some of the comments here are intemperate.

    Officers are usually conservative and risk-averse, and they spend a lot more time than most of us realize trying to stop people from injuring themselves.

    This gives them an unusual perspective on cyclists. Why would you expose yourself to danger by going out on the street without first encasing yourself in protective metal and glass, is their thinking.

    And because they feel that cyclists, unlike the mentally ill and disturbed people they deal with on a regular basis, are theoretically rational human beings who are nevertheless making a choice to put themselves in danger, they find cyclists puzzling and aggravating. That’s probably why this cop inexcusably flew off the handle.

    Some may actually think they are protecting cyclists by parking or standing in bike lanes. If you have to slow down or dismount, you’re less likely to engage in risky behavior. So goes the thinking.

    On the other hand, when a driver behaves badly, cops view that as perhaps problematic, but because the driver–and the other drivers they may hit–are protected inside two-ton vehicles, it is inherently safer for drivers to take risks like running red lights, speeding, or parking illegally. They don’t view a driver as the same kind of problem a cyclist is.

    Better training is sorely needed to change this mindset.

  • Joe R.

    If NYC had sane gun laws those thugs and gangsters would be seeing the business end of my weapon of choice, most likely something like a 9mm Glock with a 21-bullet clip for regular carry, and a nice rifle for home invasions.

  • Sane gun laws (combined with appropriate enforcement) would make it impossible for a civilian to get a firearm of any kind.

  • Joe R.

    OK, so then you’re basically saying I should DROP DEAD if I happen to be a crime victim. Not to mention the out of control NYPD is a good reason in and of itself for citizens to be armed (after they receive proper training, of course).

    Oh, and no country in existence has ever completely banned civilians from getting firearms. Connected people like Trump can get carry permits even in a place as hostile to gun ownership as NYC. Criminals of course don’t care about laws, so they’ll get guns regardless. What you’re espousing is basically impossible to accomplish in the real world.

    The problem isn’t firearms, it’s lack of proper mental health care in this country. People with obvious mental issues get to be cops, for example. Sad to say, such people are probably the majority of the NYPD. Then you have the sociopaths who think it’s a good idea to shoot up a school or some other public place. There should be stringent mental health checks prior to allowing anyone to own a firearm, in addition to training. For police officers, those standards should be even higher than for the general public.

  • Joe R.

    It’s gotten way beyond something training will fix. The NYPD needs to be completely dismantled and a new police force started. The new force shouldn’t have anyone who worked for or was associated with the NYPD. The cops should be better selected, particularly for mental health, better trained, and under camera surveillance all the time while on the job. They also shouldn’t be allowed to carry lethal weapons on a regular basis. Guns should be issued only when police are engaged in the types of duty where they’re likely to need them. Those on traffic enforcement detail don’t need lethal weapons. A taser and baton are sufficient.

  • avaris

    Eat a dick, turdslinging facsist.

  • Daisy’s World

    The number of cyclists killed in NYC traffic crashes increased slightly in 2017, while traffic fatalities overall dropped for the fourth straight year, according to a new city analysis City data shows that 214 people were killed in traffic deaths in New York City in 2017, the lowest number on record and a drop of 28 percent since the city launched its traffic safety initiative Vision Zero four years ago. The dip in traffic deaths is driven largely by a decrease in pedestrian deaths, which dropped from 184 in 2013 (the year before Vision Zero was launched) to 101 pedestrian deaths last year. City officials released the annual Vision Zero report on Friday, touting the city’s dramatic drop in traffic deaths since the program was implemented. The number of cyclists killed in city crashes has remained consistent over the last 20 years, ranging between 12 and 24 cyclists killed since 2000. In 2017, 23 cyclists were killed in traffic crashes, up from 18 killed last year. Although the overall number of cyclists killed in traffic collisions has remained steady, the rate of cycling fatalities has dipped. The Vision Zero Year Four report shows that while the number of deaths has remained constant in recent years, the cycling population has grown significantly. http://www.daisylimo.com

  • cops aren’t even in the top five most dangerous jobs in NY.




  • Let me know how this plan of yours comes along.

  • strangemonkey

    You can rationalize anything, and you seem pretty good at it. It doesn’t make it at all acceptable.

  • Daisy’s World

    For people who bike on city streets, moving cars are pretty scary: They stop short, swerve suddenly, and make right-hook turns at intersections. But parked cars pose a serious threat, too, because that’s how cyclists get doored. There’s an extremely easy way for a driver to mitigate these dreaded encounters between car doors and passing bicyclists: Open the door with the right hand, rather than the left, which forces the driver to swivel around and give a quick rearwards glance into the traffic lane. Some traffic safety advocates refer to the maneuver as the “Right Hand Reach.” Michael Charney, a retired doctor in Massachusetts who has perhaps become the technique’s top evangelist, popularized the term “Dutch Reach,” since it’s a common practice in the Netherlands. Americans are slowly getting the hang of it, too, as more cyclists take the streets in major cities. Starting in January, a number of organizations, including AAA, AARP and the National Safety Council, will teach the reach to both driver-side and passenger-side vehicle users in a range of traffic safety courses. http://www.daisylimo.com


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