Biker says video shows cops targeting bikers

Darla Miles reports from Lower Manhattan.
October 17, 2013 3:38:02 PM PDT
There's a new video highlighting a crackdown on bikers.

The video is adding to arguments that more bikers are being targeted by police after that one violent incident in Manhattan.

"Is that camera on?" a New York State Trooper asked.

It's clear in this this video that the New York State Trooper doesn't know his conversation is being recorded from a camera mounted on the biker's helmet.

The biker was stopped for going 80 miles an hour in Rockland County.

"Anything over five over the speed limit, you guys are going to get stopped and you guys are going to get written. After what happened in New York City, this is what they're doing, OK," the trooper said.

In the video you can first see where the biker passes the trooper's SUV, then later, the trooper speeds up, blocks two lanes of traffic, and pulls the bikers over.

"The guy who was assaulted, his uncle is one of our bosses on our job. So he sent the word down, all of these bikes are going to get stopped, and going to get written," the trooper said.

Major Patrick Regan of the New York State Police told Eyewitness News, "That is simply untrue. There is no relationship between our office and that individual in the incident. That statement is false."

The clip is going viral in the biker community who believe this video confirms what they've been feeling for the last two weeks.

"It seems like an initiative right now to stop almost every biker on the street. I for one don't even ride a sport bike anymore I ride a cruiser, and I've been stopped twice since the incident," said Lenny Tucker, a community activist.

New York State Police say, "Nothing has changed in response in term of enforcement since that incident occurred."

But community activists now warn that there's lots of collateral damage.

"Now he just stained a whole bunch of good cops, because the mindset won't be oh that might not be true, they're covering up, but that cop or that traffic officer created a problem for the rest of these cops out here and that's going to cost them a lack of respect," said Tony Herbert, a community advocate.

"Every biker in New York City was not at that incident and we would just like to be treated respectfully," Tucker said.

The State Police released a statement saying, "The New York State Police are aware of a YouTube video showing one of our troopers stopping two motorcycle operators on the Palisades Parkway in Rockland County for speeding. In the video the trooper mentions a relationship between a state police member and the driver of a SUV involved in a recent motorcycle incident in Manhattan. The statement is simply untrue.

The New York State Police have programs designed to target speeders, aggressive drivers, motorcycles, and other traffic safety hazards. These programs were in place long before the Manhattan incident, and there have been no additional programs or mandates put in place as a result of that incident.

Any other issues associated with the troopers words or actions in the video will be addressed internally."