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    FYI: ANYONE WITNESS HIT & RUN @ CRITICAL MASS DEMO ON AUG. 27TH?

    Rick Buckheit, a Front Runner when he is not an investigator with the
    Manhattan D.A.'s office, write...


    I am hoping you might be able to assist me. I'm not sure if you are participate in the critical mass demonstrations or maybe you know people who do. I am trying to locate anyone who may have witnessed a hit and run accident that took place during the critical mass demonstration of August 27 of last year. The accident took place at the corner of Houston and Mercer Streets and may have involved an SUV owned by Foxy Brown. At least two riders were hit by the SUV. Do you happen to know anyone who witnessed any part of the incident? If not would you mind asking around to see if anyone saw it. The incident was in the papers so I would imagine it stuck out in the mind of anyone who witnessed it. Thanks.


    Rick Buckheit
    Senior Investigative Counsel
    New York County District Attorney's Office
    One Hogan Place, OCU
    New York, NY 10013
    Phone 212-343-7227
    Fax 212-343-7238

    buckheitr@dany.nyc.gov


    For those of you who need to jog your memories, here's the story the
    Times ran about that particular Critical Mass:


    METROPOLITAN DESK

    PREPARING FOR THE CONVENTION: PROTESTERS; 100 Cyclists Are Arrested As
    Thousands Ride in Protest
    By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD; COLIN MOYNIHAN, WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM AND JUDY
    TONG CONTRIBUTED REPORTING FOR THIS ARTICLE. (NYT) 1256 words
    Published: August 28, 2004

    Thousands of cyclists rode through the streets of Manhattan last night
    in an anti-Republican, pro-environment display of bike power that ended
    in more than 100 arrests by the police after the ride blocked some
    streets.

    Despite tension over police warnings to obey traffic laws against
    blocking traffic and running red lights, the cyclists -- numbering
    5,000, the police say -- did just that in a meandering course that
    started at Union Square and wound its way to the West Side, Central
    Park, Midtown and the East Village.

    As of 11 p.m., Paul J. Browne, a police spokesman, said that officers
    were still processing people who were detained, but that he expected
    more than 100 people to face charges, mainly for disorderly conduct.

    The arrests, two days before the convention starts, seemed to herald a
    busy period for the police, who must patrol a stream of demonstrations
    large and small, several each day. The police on Thursday made
    22-convention related arrests, more than three times the number during
    the entire Democratic National Convention in Boston.

    The police apprehended riders in several spots, including more than 50
    on Seventh Avenue at 36th Street near Madison Square Garden, where the
    Republican National Convention will be next week. Riders had chanted
    ''No more Bush'' as they passed, and participants in the ride, a
    monthly fixture for several years, said that many more people than
    usual took part, out of animosity toward the convention.

    The two-hour ride began about 7:15 p.m. in Union Square with a
    cacophony of bells, whistles, hooting and howling, and the police
    seemed to tolerate it.

    An hour and a half into the ride, the police patience appeared to grow
    thin, as helmeted officers dragged netting across Seventh Avenue and
    14th Street to block the ride.

    Hundred of cyclists at first gathered by the net and then most turned
    west on 14th Street and south on Greenwich Street and kept riding
    toward the East Village.

    As the ride backed up, the police arrested dozens of people on Seventh
    Avenue near the Garden on charges of blocking streets, saying some
    riders had stopped traffic on side streets to let the larger mass
    through.

    More arrests took place at the end of the ride in the East Village,
    including along Second Avenue outside St. Mark's-in-the-Bowery Church,
    where cyclists gathered for a celebration of the ride and shouted abuse
    at the police who were arresting their companions.

    ''Ninety-five percent of the ride was beautiful,'' said Bill DiPaola,
    executive director of Time's Up!, an environmental group that
    participates in and promotes the monthly ride. ''People were cheering
    us on the streets, but at the end it was difficult to funnel people off
    and it was very clear the police were upset at how well the ride
    went.''

    The ride is known as a Critical Mass, a bike ride that claims no
    organizers and simply materializes, thanks to leaflets and Internet
    messages, on the last Friday of every month. The rides have been held
    in New York for the last several years, and are usually tolerated by
    the police, who in the past have cited only a few riders for traffic
    violations and have sometimes even escorted the group.

    The rides are meant to protest cars and their pollution, but the ride
    last night was advertised as the R.N.C. Critical Mass, and scores of
    riders wore clothes or carried signs with messages against the
    convention and President Bush. Others wore fanciful attire, like a
    woman who rode in a peach wedding dress. One woman pushed her friend in
    a shopping cart.

    Abby Lublin, a 28-year-old schoolteacher from Brooklyn, decorated her
    bike with a bust of Mr. Bush, hanging by a rope and attached to a milk
    crate.

    Dick Camacho, a photographer, wore a rainbow cape with the message,
    ''We the people say no to the Bush agenda.'' But like most riders, he
    emphasized the desire to send a message to motorists.

    ''Its a rush to see bikes take over the streets,'' he said.

    Before the ride began, police officers distributed fliers outlining
    traffic laws related to biking, and a commander had sent a letter this
    week to a leading bicycling advocacy group expressing concern about the
    growing size of the ride and increasing violations of traffic laws.

    Several police officers trailed riders in the front of the pack, which
    broke up into at least three masses shortly after the ride began. .

    Bicycles could form a pivotal part of the coming protests.

    Apart from the ride last night, Time's Up! has called for a Bike Bloc
    tomorrow in solidarity with the large Midtown antiwar march organized
    by United for Peace and Justice. The group suggests riders meet at
    Union Square before the march for details.

    The group also plans to ride around ground zero tonight during Ring
    Out the Republicans, a protest expected to draw people ringing bells,
    and on Tuesday, a day expected to be devoted to civil disobedience.

    Time's Up! has also prepared several bikes to be used by ''street
    medics,'' legal observers and food servers during convention protests.

    ''The main thing we are pushing is that bikes need to be thought of as
    an integral part of how people get around,'' said Brandon Neubauer, an
    organizer with the group. ''We are just trying to raise awareness in
    the city that bikes need to be looked at and respected.''

    In the past few weeks the group has been operating a makeshift
    workshop in a storefront at 49 East Houston Street, strewn with bicycle
    parts, fast-food containers, anti-convention posters and leaflets and
    T-shirts with messages like ''One Less Car.''

    Mr. Neubauer said he did not believe bicycles block traffic, ''because
    we are traffic.''

    ''We are reclaiming public space,'' he said.

    The Police Department warned yesterday that it was illegal to ride in
    a procession on public streets without a permit, or to ride outside of
    designated bike lanes.

    Earlier in the week, Michael Scagnelli, chief of transportation at the
    department, sent a letter to Transportation Alternatives, an advocacy
    group promoting bicycling, walking and public transit, warning that the
    police would not tolerate lawbreaking.

    But organizers of the rides said that most people were law-abiding,
    and suggested that the police chose to crack down because the ride last
    night was expected to be larger than usual.

    Critical Mass rides began 12 years ago in San Francisco and have since
    spread to more than 300 cities around the world, organizers say. Rides
    have been organized for the last eight years in New York, and only
    occasionally have riders received tickets, participants said.

    ''Most of the time the police accommodate us,'' Mr. DiPaola said.

    Paul Steely White, of Transportation Alternatives, said he believed
    the growing size of the rides had aroused police concern because of the
    blocked traffic.

    ''We saw it coming as the rides have been growing,'' Mr. White said,
    adding that he found it paradoxical that any crackdown on riders would
    come at a time when the city's Transportation Department has advised
    people to use bikes as an alternative because of the heavy traffic
    expected near convention sites.

    Photos: Bicyclists protesting next week's Republican National
    Convention headed north on the Avenue of the Americas at 10th Street
    last night.; Some of the cyclists were arrested on Seventh Avenue at
    13th Street. (Photographs by Michael Kamber for The New York Times)(pg.
    B5)

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    I saw it. Guess I've got an email to write...
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    [QUOTE=DIVA]Rick Buckheit, a Front Runner when he is not an investigator with the
    Manhattan D.A.'s office, write...


    . "I'm not sure if you are participate in the critical mass demonstrations or maybe you know people who do. "
    Rick Buckheit
    Senior Investigative Counsel
    New York County District Attorney's Office
    One Hogan Place, OCU
    New York, NY 10013
    Phone 212-343-7227
    Fax 212-343-7238

    buckheitr@dany.nyc.gov


    Maybe you should contact the District Attorney's office through their regular site and find out about this. The sentence above doesn't sound like the rest of the paragraph. If this is legit, you'll find out when you contact them through the other channel.

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    Well... a fellow at the DA's office responded to my email, so this looks legit to me
    Falling down is not exercising.

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    First, this is LEGIT. I would not post something that was sent to me, if it wasn't true. Unless you (Dchiefransom) have something to add that is useful, move on. Secondly, I heard from Rick today, so again, if you have any information that could help in this case, please contact him A.S.A.P.

    EDIT>> I'm not testy ??? and I didn't post this info to debate or convinence anyone of the legality of the email. I just copied and paste the information here to alert other's who gives a dam. Period.

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>Mod's, lock the thread. Thanks.<<<<<<<<<<<<<<


    PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. This is extremely important.



    Last edited by DIVA; 10-21-05 at 05:26 PM.

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    DIVA, I've taken the liberty of sending a similar note and Mr. Buckheit's contact info to the mailing list at Freewheels, the bicycle defense fund . Hopefully others saw this and will come forward!
    Falling down is not exercising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIVA
    First, this is LEGIT. I would not post something that was sent to me, if it wasn't true. Unless you (Dchiefransom) have something to add that is useful, move on. Secondly, I heard from Rick today, so again, if you have any information that could help in this case, please contact him A.S.A.P.

    PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. This is extremely important.


    Thank you.
    When I first looked at this thread I didn't think anything of it. But now Dchiefransom raises some issues and the OP gets really testy. That make me wonder a lot. Why so testy? Perhaps the critic is right? Looking carefully I am now wondering even more. The original request had a major grammatical error. That is no big deal in a normal post, but is unexpected in something from the D.A.s office. However such errors seem the rule in scams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith99
    ...request had a major grammatical error. That is no big deal in a normal post, but is unexpected in something from the D.A.s office.
    You have never been in court with a Manhattan ADA have you?
    Nearly everything coming out of their mouths is grammatically, factually, mathematically or intellectually incorrect.
    Last edited by nycm'er; 10-21-05 at 05:00 PM. Reason: missing word

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    Mod's, lock the thread. Thanks.
    Allez on CompuTrainer until further notice.

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    If information is needed about this, then why does the thread need to be locked?

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