The big question – How do you get a cyclist off his bike during a pursuit?
Its a tedious question, Do you drive your patrol car into the guy or do you use pepper spray?
Police Brutality – Police break womans leg, What is to come?
It also seems that another police officer that used ” excessive force ” to disable a suspects path - Was also given a not guilty charge – The New Zealand justice system has a strange way of looking at cyclist ” run ins” with maximum cycle safety for citizens whilst police seem to be running them over?
Julia Lyneen Reddish of 40 years old appeared in the Hamilton District Court before Judge Rosemary Riddell. Charges of assault with a blunt instrument.
Judge Riddell concluded that Reddish did not use the vehicle as a weapon. However the following facts conflict;
Result of the arrest – Injury – Dislocated shoulder, grazes and bruises.
How does a cyclist that evades police get such an injury? The patrol car must of hit him with decent force, all the police need to do is knock him to the ground – Not injure whilst arresting the suspect.
As a cyclist myself I’ve been hit by a car head on and i ended up rolling across – No dislocated shoulder?
Reddish told the court that she believed her decision to nudge Marks was reasonable “under the circumstances”.
“At that time the actions of my driving were proportionate and relevant,” she said.
Curran had earlier argued the case should be dismissed, as the prosecution did not present any evidence to suggest how the arrest might have been executed in a less violent way.
A less violent way would be to use pepper spray. That would make any cyclist jump off his bike without injury.
What are your thoughts? How could the police have disabled the suspect from running away without injury?