I know a lot of us are saddened by the loss of two cyclists in Cupertino, CA last weekend. It seems like this event has attracted massive media attention, and I'm willing to bet that it's because the guilty party was a police officer.
The thing that amazes me is how quickly people have learned of the tragedy. People at work, who always poke fun at my spandex, keep asking me questions and telling me about this and that. What we've seemed to forgotten is that people get killed on bicycles everyday by motorists just like them--people who've never been on a bicycle and SHARED THE ROAD. I hear about tragedies almost every week by reading bikeforums.net. I never hear about those at work.
It saddens me that the media has carefully chosen this incident to explode out of proportion. Of all the motorists out there, I think cops are our allies (second only to street sweepers). It's unfortunate that uninformed, ignorant people have decided to virtually crucify the cop who was involved even before there has been any kind of hearing or trial.
I am not related to those who were lost, so I can't ask you to forgive the man. Just look at it from a different perspective.