I lied my way out of a ticket (he really didn't see me) for running a red a light (I hit the corner as the light changed). The two cops on the northbound side of the Bowery across from the end of Prince st. had several bikers pulled over for blowing lights up Bowery. The bikers where NOT doing themselves any favors by arguing and yelling at the cops.
In my case I turned off of Rivington as the light turned Red, and I did so because the cars on the Bowery were stopped at the light, and It was the safest chance for me to turn. There was a good 10 secs before the cars started moving on Bowery after I turned. Then I saw the cop. I was truly confused and asked him what was up. He said I ran the light. So instead of getting upset I said "Oh god no, the light was def Green, all those cars on the bowery were dead stopped, you'd have to be nuts to just cruise onto the bowery while traffic is going,, those cars'll kill you." He totally fell for it. He even asked what color the light was when I rolled through it. Was I really going to say red?
At this point it was clear he didn't really see me at all and was just pulling over every biker that went buy, which I found it a bit annoying. So I said Green and he told me to get outta there.
I DO NOT have a problem with ticketing bad biking behavior. But my biggest issue was that I had to ride around 3 cars in the bike lanes on my way to work, and that is WAY more life threatening and dangerous than bikers making a decision to ride through a red light.