OTOH the taxi union point of view that (all) cyclists are a hazard is patently ridiculous.
It's not like some poor cabbie with an otherwise spotless record of safe and careful driving was suddenly scared out of his wits.
This isn't about cabs vs bikes, immigrants vs long time residents. It's simply about who's foot was on the gas pedal.
I'll even concede that the "low-life thug" scared him, but that doesn't change the fact that he was the only one driving the cab.
By the way the story keeps changing. Original witness reports placed the cyclist forward of the cab. Later the cabbies report put the cyclist behind him. If that's true, then why did the driver feel so threatened. You seem to want to place the cyclist at the window, where he might have been a threat.
I expect that as the situation develops we'll find that the cyclist cab interaction spanned more time than "he startled me" would imply. I doubt the cyclist is lily white here, and if facts support a charge of some kind, I'd have no problem with that, but it was still the cab driver who's foot was on the gas pedal.
BTW- now the driver is trotting out the tearful, I' feel so bad, I'm a lousy driver and shouldn't be driving a cab and I only do so because I need a job. Good try, but if you know you're a lousy driver, maybe you could have found another job before your 2nd accident.