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Old 03-29-06, 05:06 PM   #1
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NYPD Undercovers @ Critical Mass

File this in the "you be the Judge" category.

On December 22, 2005, the New York Times ran an article regarding the NYPD's use of plainclothes and/or undercover officers in connection with policing Critical Mass bicycle rides, which inspired some discussion here on BikeForums.

In the article, Jim Dwyer discussed the arrests of several undercover NYPD Officers as captured on videotape by other non-uniformed NYPD Officers. Those tapes were turned over in connection with a criminal proceeding arising from an arrest made by NYPD Officers on April 29, 2005. On Monday morning, that case died a quiet death in New York City Criminal Court, when the Judge hearing the case accepted the District Attorney's motion to dismiss the case based on speedy trial grounds.

In other threads regarding the NYPD's behavior in connection with policing Critical Mass bicycle rides in Manhattan over the course of the past approximately twenty (20) months, folks have discussed the reasonableness of that behavior in light of the seriousness of the allegedly unlawful behavoir.

Linked here is a document we never got the chance to hand up to the Court in the April 29, 2005 defendant's case. In agonizing detail, the documents describe, through words and still photographs, many relevant events that night leading up to the defendant's arrest.

I am eager to learn how bicylists who have not had the benefit of observing police behavior in connection with policing Critical Mass bicycle rides in Manhattan respond to these materials.
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