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Crazy Video of Bikers vs SUV (1 Viewer)

T Bell said:
I'm sorry, I don't agree with someone getting killed for trying to steel a bike.
He wasn't shot because he was trying to steal a bike (was he even killed at all?). He was shot because he pointed his gun at the officer when the officer attempted to stop him.
I can't tell from the video but I'll take your word for it.
Look at the :57-:58 mark. :yes:

 
Fat Nick said:
Whatever it is, I just don't understand how anyone can think that it's OK to smash someone's mirror or kick in a door panel for any reason. Just because you're on a bike and can get away doesn't make you above the law.
Completely agree with you...but on the other side, there are a lot of people out there who either falsely think they are enforcing the law, or are just flat out being a-holes by using their cars to block someone from following traffic laws.

Getting pretty tired of people that don't know the laws up here in MN regarding merging when lanes are closed (zipper merge). Half the time in these situations some road raged guy that doesn't know the law pulls 3/4 of the way into an open lane 3/4 of a mile before a merge....meanwhile traffic is backed up a mile behind him and blocking an exit exacerbating the problem.

Road rage, stupidity, arrogance, and not paying attention are being met with road rage and it seems to be a viscous cycle that's spiraling out of control.
link? I'd like to see that law.
I've never seen the law specifically, but to me, that's common sense. If people spent less time trying to drive aggressively, and more time just zipper merging, these kinds of things wouldn't cause the issues that they do. Use the available lanes until those lanes end. There's no need to merge when you see the sign that says "Merge Ahead." That's why it says "ahead" and not "now." The issue is really caused by people who merge over too soon, then get mad when people go up to the end to merge. That lane is available, and it's free for anyone to use until the merge.

@Jason12vb, I've never understood the pulling into the open lane thing either. Either pull out there and take advantage of the open lane, or don't. I'll admit I've done it to people riding down the shoulder in really heavy traffic, but that's a bit different as it's not an open active lane. Truthfully, in most cases, I'm the one using the open lane and merging at the end though.

It does amaze me the number of times I get honked at or get nasty looks from people when they're the ones driving incorrectly/irresponsibly. Of course I live in NJ, so maybe that's just par for the area.
http://www.dot.state.mn.us/zippermerge/

I don't know if it's actually a law that you have to zipper merge, but would imagine it's against the law to block an open lane in order to keep someone else from doing so.

I really wish more states (especially NY) would put up the signs telling drivers to use all open lanes until the merge. It would really make things work better and make everyone feel better about it.
If everyone waited until the last cone to merge traffic would totally bog down. Merging actually take an ounce or two of teamwork. Are you one of the jackalopes who also race past everyone in line for a single lane exit, muscling your way in as the diagonal white lines and guardrail approaches? Nicely played... :rolleyes:
Link
Okay. I'll buy that argument/method- except it needs to be communicated to the masses or it won't fly.

What of the bolded??

 
Fat Nick said:
Whatever it is, I just don't understand how anyone can think that it's OK to smash someone's mirror or kick in a door panel for any reason. Just because you're on a bike and can get away doesn't make you above the law.
Completely agree with you...but on the other side, there are a lot of people out there who either falsely think they are enforcing the law, or are just flat out being a-holes by using their cars to block someone from following traffic laws.

Getting pretty tired of people that don't know the laws up here in MN regarding merging when lanes are closed (zipper merge). Half the time in these situations some road raged guy that doesn't know the law pulls 3/4 of the way into an open lane 3/4 of a mile before a merge....meanwhile traffic is backed up a mile behind him and blocking an exit exacerbating the problem.

Road rage, stupidity, arrogance, and not paying attention are being met with road rage and it seems to be a viscous cycle that's spiraling out of control.
link? I'd like to see that law.
I've never seen the law specifically, but to me, that's common sense. If people spent less time trying to drive aggressively, and more time just zipper merging, these kinds of things wouldn't cause the issues that they do. Use the available lanes until those lanes end. There's no need to merge when you see the sign that says "Merge Ahead." That's why it says "ahead" and not "now." The issue is really caused by people who merge over too soon, then get mad when people go up to the end to merge. That lane is available, and it's free for anyone to use until the merge.

@Jason12vb, I've never understood the pulling into the open lane thing either. Either pull out there and take advantage of the open lane, or don't. I'll admit I've done it to people riding down the shoulder in really heavy traffic, but that's a bit different as it's not an open active lane. Truthfully, in most cases, I'm the one using the open lane and merging at the end though.

It does amaze me the number of times I get honked at or get nasty looks from people when they're the ones driving incorrectly/irresponsibly. Of course I live in NJ, so maybe that's just par for the area.
http://www.dot.state.mn.us/zippermerge/

I don't know if it's actually a law that you have to zipper merge, but would imagine it's against the law to block an open lane in order to keep someone else from doing so.

I really wish more states (especially NY) would put up the signs telling drivers to use all open lanes until the merge. It would really make things work better and make everyone feel better about it.
If everyone waited until the last cone to merge traffic would totally bog down. Merging actually take an ounce or two of teamwork. Are you one of the jackalopes who also race past everyone in line for a single lane exit, muscling your way in as the diagonal white lines and guardrail approaches? Nicely played... :rolleyes:
Link
Okay. I'll buy that argument/method- except it needs to be communicated to the masses or it won't fly.

What of the bolded??
Always going to be #####. Whether they're people forcing their way into the lane or preventing people from merging into the lane.

 
I always drive to the end and merge or look for a semi to merge in front of later down the road. Much easier for me that way. Sorry you decided to merge 3 miles back and think I have to be punished.
Has a pole been done on this yet?

 
Fat Nick said:
Whatever it is, I just don't understand how anyone can think that it's OK to smash someone's mirror or kick in a door panel for any reason. Just because you're on a bike and can get away doesn't make you above the law.
Completely agree with you...but on the other side, there are a lot of people out there who either falsely think they are enforcing the law, or are just flat out being a-holes by using their cars to block someone from following traffic laws.

Getting pretty tired of people that don't know the laws up here in MN regarding merging when lanes are closed (zipper merge). Half the time in these situations some road raged guy that doesn't know the law pulls 3/4 of the way into an open lane 3/4 of a mile before a merge....meanwhile traffic is backed up a mile behind him and blocking an exit exacerbating the problem.

Road rage, stupidity, arrogance, and not paying attention are being met with road rage and it seems to be a viscous cycle that's spiraling out of control.
link? I'd like to see that law.
I've never seen the law specifically, but to me, that's common sense. If people spent less time trying to drive aggressively, and more time just zipper merging, these kinds of things wouldn't cause the issues that they do. Use the available lanes until those lanes end. There's no need to merge when you see the sign that says "Merge Ahead." That's why it says "ahead" and not "now." The issue is really caused by people who merge over too soon, then get mad when people go up to the end to merge. That lane is available, and it's free for anyone to use until the merge.

@Jason12vb, I've never understood the pulling into the open lane thing either. Either pull out there and take advantage of the open lane, or don't. I'll admit I've done it to people riding down the shoulder in really heavy traffic, but that's a bit different as it's not an open active lane. Truthfully, in most cases, I'm the one using the open lane and merging at the end though.

It does amaze me the number of times I get honked at or get nasty looks from people when they're the ones driving incorrectly/irresponsibly. Of course I live in NJ, so maybe that's just par for the area.
http://www.dot.state.mn.us/zippermerge/

I don't know if it's actually a law that you have to zipper merge, but would imagine it's against the law to block an open lane in order to keep someone else from doing so.

I really wish more states (especially NY) would put up the signs telling drivers to use all open lanes until the merge. It would really make things work better and make everyone feel better about it.
If everyone waited until the last cone to merge traffic would totally bog down. Merging actually take an ounce or two of teamwork. Are you one of the jackalopes who also race past everyone in line for a single lane exit, muscling your way in as the diagonal white lines and guardrail approaches? Nicely played... :rolleyes:
Link
Okay. I'll buy that argument/method- except it needs to be communicated to the masses or it won't fly.

What of the bolded??
This is the biggest thing. Construction signs should spell this out, and it should be taught in driver's ed as well.

 
Fat Nick said:
Whatever it is, I just don't understand how anyone can think that it's OK to smash someone's mirror or kick in a door panel for any reason. Just because you're on a bike and can get away doesn't make you above the law.
Completely agree with you...but on the other side, there are a lot of people out there who either falsely think they are enforcing the law, or are just flat out being a-holes by using their cars to block someone from following traffic laws.

Getting pretty tired of people that don't know the laws up here in MN regarding merging when lanes are closed (zipper merge). Half the time in these situations some road raged guy that doesn't know the law pulls 3/4 of the way into an open lane 3/4 of a mile before a merge....meanwhile traffic is backed up a mile behind him and blocking an exit exacerbating the problem.

Road rage, stupidity, arrogance, and not paying attention are being met with road rage and it seems to be a viscous cycle that's spiraling out of control.
link? I'd like to see that law.
I've never seen the law specifically, but to me, that's common sense. If people spent less time trying to drive aggressively, and more time just zipper merging, these kinds of things wouldn't cause the issues that they do. Use the available lanes until those lanes end. There's no need to merge when you see the sign that says "Merge Ahead." That's why it says "ahead" and not "now." The issue is really caused by people who merge over too soon, then get mad when people go up to the end to merge. That lane is available, and it's free for anyone to use until the merge.

@Jason12vb, I've never understood the pulling into the open lane thing either. Either pull out there and take advantage of the open lane, or don't. I'll admit I've done it to people riding down the shoulder in really heavy traffic, but that's a bit different as it's not an open active lane. Truthfully, in most cases, I'm the one using the open lane and merging at the end though.

It does amaze me the number of times I get honked at or get nasty looks from people when they're the ones driving incorrectly/irresponsibly. Of course I live in NJ, so maybe that's just par for the area.
http://www.dot.state.mn.us/zippermerge/

I don't know if it's actually a law that you have to zipper merge, but would imagine it's against the law to block an open lane in order to keep someone else from doing so.

I really wish more states (especially NY) would put up the signs telling drivers to use all open lanes until the merge. It would really make things work better and make everyone feel better about it.
If everyone waited until the last cone to merge traffic would totally bog down. Merging actually take an ounce or two of teamwork. Are you one of the jackalopes who also race past everyone in line for a single lane exit, muscling your way in as the diagonal white lines and guardrail approaches? Nicely played... :rolleyes:
Link
Okay. I'll buy that argument/method- except it needs to be communicated to the masses or it won't fly.

What of the bolded??.
Which is what I asked for in the first place. ;)

If I was really being a jackalope, I would want the status quo so that I could race down the open lane. As it is, I use the open lane much more often, but at a slow pace and I still feel guilty about it.

The bolded part is a different situation, since the person doing the last second thing is using a lane that itself isn't merging. Aside from moving over to exit, you also need to get out of the way of the people who aren't exiting. Name-calling justified.

 
Fat Nick said:
Whatever it is, I just don't understand how anyone can think that it's OK to smash someone's mirror or kick in a door panel for any reason. Just because you're on a bike and can get away doesn't make you above the law.
Completely agree with you...but on the other side, there are a lot of people out there who either falsely think they are enforcing the law, or are just flat out being a-holes by using their cars to block someone from following traffic laws.

Getting pretty tired of people that don't know the laws up here in MN regarding merging when lanes are closed (zipper merge). Half the time in these situations some road raged guy that doesn't know the law pulls 3/4 of the way into an open lane 3/4 of a mile before a merge....meanwhile traffic is backed up a mile behind him and blocking an exit exacerbating the problem.

Road rage, stupidity, arrogance, and not paying attention are being met with road rage and it seems to be a viscous cycle that's spiraling out of control.
link? I'd like to see that law.
I've never seen the law specifically, but to me, that's common sense. If people spent less time trying to drive aggressively, and more time just zipper merging, these kinds of things wouldn't cause the issues that they do. Use the available lanes until those lanes end. There's no need to merge when you see the sign that says "Merge Ahead." That's why it says "ahead" and not "now." The issue is really caused by people who merge over too soon, then get mad when people go up to the end to merge. That lane is available, and it's free for anyone to use until the merge.

@Jason12vb, I've never understood the pulling into the open lane thing either. Either pull out there and take advantage of the open lane, or don't. I'll admit I've done it to people riding down the shoulder in really heavy traffic, but that's a bit different as it's not an open active lane. Truthfully, in most cases, I'm the one using the open lane and merging at the end though.

It does amaze me the number of times I get honked at or get nasty looks from people when they're the ones driving incorrectly/irresponsibly. Of course I live in NJ, so maybe that's just par for the area.
http://www.dot.state.mn.us/zippermerge/

I don't know if it's actually a law that you have to zipper merge, but would imagine it's against the law to block an open lane in order to keep someone else from doing so.

I really wish more states (especially NY) would put up the signs telling drivers to use all open lanes until the merge. It would really make things work better and make everyone feel better about it.
If everyone waited until the last cone to merge traffic would totally bog down. Merging actually take an ounce or two of teamwork. Are you one of the jackalopes who also race past everyone in line for a single lane exit, muscling your way in as the diagonal white lines and guardrail approaches? Nicely played... :rolleyes:
Link
Okay. I'll buy that argument/method- except it needs to be communicated to the masses or it won't fly.

What of the bolded??
This is the biggest thing. Construction signs should spell this out, and it should be taught in driver's ed as well.
Thanks for providing the link...it's not a very big surprise this is such a hot topic, but I didn't expect it to blow up the thread like this! The State of MN has been trying to push this for like 10 years now and when I studied for my motorcycle test this was on the first page of the MN drivers manual.

MN Dept of Transpertation is handling "the zipper merge" horribly and are frustrated that soo many people still don't understand or know about it. But I've never once seen a "do the zipper merge sign" in a place where it should be utiliized! They post merge ahead signs a mile or two before a merge and once in awhile you'll see a sign saying to use both lanes during backups...why not post zipper merge signs right there and post a slow down ahead sign instead of a merge?

This method's overall effectiveness can be argued, but it absolutely solves 2 things that really cannot be.

1) If everyone followed the zipper merge, road rage would be cut down in these situations. Everyone who sees someone flying by them thinks they are pricks who think their time is more important than everyone else's who's waiting in line. They are so mad they start crowding bumpers to not let people in accidents happen.

2) That one lane everyone is merging in, is backed up so long that it blocks an exit and or entrance. Those people wanting to exit are then stuck waiting in the merge line that shouldn't be there which adds to the merge line and causes gridlock where it shouldn't have occurred.

I feel bad for people that are so angry at me for knowing the recommended way to drive that they are flicking me off and white knuckling their steering wheel.

 
jhib said:
T Bell said:
Well I guess that's why none of those other guys stopped at any red lights. They were just scared that some other ##### on a bike would try to steal theirs.
From what I hear from Colleagues this is the most common type of theft/kidnapping. It's why most companies will spring for an armored car down there. They just ride up to the window with a gun and demand money/car/people. IN broad daylight, just like this.

 
Fat Nick said:
Whatever it is, I just don't understand how anyone can think that it's OK to smash someone's mirror or kick in a door panel for any reason. Just because you're on a bike and can get away doesn't make you above the law.
Completely agree with you...but on the other side, there are a lot of people out there who either falsely think they are enforcing the law, or are just flat out being a-holes by using their cars to block someone from following traffic laws.

Getting pretty tired of people that don't know the laws up here in MN regarding merging when lanes are closed (zipper merge). Half the time in these situations some road raged guy that doesn't know the law pulls 3/4 of the way into an open lane 3/4 of a mile before a merge....meanwhile traffic is backed up a mile behind him and blocking an exit exacerbating the problem.

Road rage, stupidity, arrogance, and not paying attention are being met with road rage and it seems to be a viscous cycle that's spiraling out of control.
link? I'd like to see that law.
I've never seen the law specifically, but to me, that's common sense. If people spent less time trying to drive aggressively, and more time just zipper merging, these kinds of things wouldn't cause the issues that they do. Use the available lanes until those lanes end. There's no need to merge when you see the sign that says "Merge Ahead." That's why it says "ahead" and not "now." The issue is really caused by people who merge over too soon, then get mad when people go up to the end to merge. That lane is available, and it's free for anyone to use until the merge.

@Jason12vb, I've never understood the pulling into the open lane thing either. Either pull out there and take advantage of the open lane, or don't. I'll admit I've done it to people riding down the shoulder in really heavy traffic, but that's a bit different as it's not an open active lane. Truthfully, in most cases, I'm the one using the open lane and merging at the end though.

It does amaze me the number of times I get honked at or get nasty looks from people when they're the ones driving incorrectly/irresponsibly. Of course I live in NJ, so maybe that's just par for the area.
http://www.dot.state.mn.us/zippermerge/

I don't know if it's actually a law that you have to zipper merge, but would imagine it's against the law to block an open lane in order to keep someone else from doing so.

I really wish more states (especially NY) would put up the signs telling drivers to use all open lanes until the merge. It would really make things work better and make everyone feel better about it.
If everyone waited until the last cone to merge traffic would totally bog down. Merging actually take an ounce or two of teamwork. Are you one of the jackalopes who also race past everyone in line for a single lane exit, muscling your way in as the diagonal white lines and guardrail approaches? Nicely played... :rolleyes:
Link
Okay. I'll buy that argument/method- except it needs to be communicated to the masses or it won't fly.

What of the bolded??
This is the biggest thing. Construction signs should spell this out, and it should be taught in driver's ed as well.
Thanks for providing the link...it's not a very big surprise this is such a hot topic, but I didn't expect it to blow up the thread like this! The State of MN has been trying to push this for like 10 years now and when I studied for my motorcycle test this was on the first page of the MN drivers manual.

MN Dept of Transpertation is handling "the zipper merge" horribly and are frustrated that soo many people still don't understand or know about it. But I've never once seen a "do the zipper merge sign" in a place where it should be utiliized! They post merge ahead signs a mile or two before a merge and once in awhile you'll see a sign saying to use both lanes during backups...why not post zipper merge signs right there and post a slow down ahead sign instead of a merge?

This method's overall effectiveness can be argued, but it absolutely solves 2 things that really cannot be.

1) If everyone followed the zipper merge, road rage would be cut down in these situations. Everyone who sees someone flying by them thinks they are pricks who think their time is more important than everyone else's who's waiting in line. They are so mad they start crowding bumpers to not let people in accidents happen.

2) That one lane everyone is merging in, is backed up so long that it blocks an exit and or entrance. Those people wanting to exit are then stuck waiting in the merge line that shouldn't be there which adds to the merge line and causes gridlock where it shouldn't have occurred.

I feel bad for people that are so angry at me for knowing the recommended way to drive that they are flicking me off and white knuckling their steering wheel.
I think the problem is that you are one of a very small minority who actually utilize this "zipper method." It kinda has to be everyone or it doesn't work and will still create frustration. Know what I mean??

 
I think the problem is that you are one of a very small minority who actually utilize this "zipper method." It kinda has to be everyone or it doesn't work and will still create frustration. Know what I mean??
I know what you mean, but I'm not sure if I agree with you or not. In MN I feel like the number of people doing it properly has doubled in the last year. There is another large percentage of people that seem to know they should be going to the end... but they just can't seem to fight the empathetic feelings they used to feel about people going to the end and end up merging several cars or 500 yards too soon. In the end we're never going to be rid of the people that think their time is more important than others so I look at it as, "at least we still have a chance to improve things, but I really don't think it can be any worse".

I would much rather see everyone do the zipper merge and reduce road rage than be in the minority that gets to where I'm going faster because I know what I'm doing, but in the end I feel like I win either way.

 
Fat Nick said:
Whatever it is, I just don't understand how anyone can think that it's OK to smash someone's mirror or kick in a door panel for any reason. Just because you're on a bike and can get away doesn't make you above the law.
Completely agree with you...but on the other side, there are a lot of people out there who either falsely think they are enforcing the law, or are just flat out being a-holes by using their cars to block someone from following traffic laws.

Getting pretty tired of people that don't know the laws up here in MN regarding merging when lanes are closed (zipper merge). Half the time in these situations some road raged guy that doesn't know the law pulls 3/4 of the way into an open lane 3/4 of a mile before a merge....meanwhile traffic is backed up a mile behind him and blocking an exit exacerbating the problem.

Road rage, stupidity, arrogance, and not paying attention are being met with road rage and it seems to be a viscous cycle that's spiraling out of control.
link? I'd like to see that law.
I've never seen the law specifically, but to me, that's common sense. If people spent less time trying to drive aggressively, and more time just zipper merging, these kinds of things wouldn't cause the issues that they do. Use the available lanes until those lanes end. There's no need to merge when you see the sign that says "Merge Ahead." That's why it says "ahead" and not "now." The issue is really caused by people who merge over too soon, then get mad when people go up to the end to merge. That lane is available, and it's free for anyone to use until the merge.

@Jason12vb, I've never understood the pulling into the open lane thing either. Either pull out there and take advantage of the open lane, or don't. I'll admit I've done it to people riding down the shoulder in really heavy traffic, but that's a bit different as it's not an open active lane. Truthfully, in most cases, I'm the one using the open lane and merging at the end though.

It does amaze me the number of times I get honked at or get nasty looks from people when they're the ones driving incorrectly/irresponsibly. Of course I live in NJ, so maybe that's just par for the area.
http://www.dot.state.mn.us/zippermerge/

I don't know if it's actually a law that you have to zipper merge, but would imagine it's against the law to block an open lane in order to keep someone else from doing so.

I really wish more states (especially NY) would put up the signs telling drivers to use all open lanes until the merge. It would really make things work better and make everyone feel better about it.
If everyone waited until the last cone to merge traffic would totally bog down. Merging actually take an ounce or two of teamwork. Are you one of the jackalopes who also race past everyone in line for a single lane exit, muscling your way in as the diagonal white lines and guardrail approaches? Nicely played... :rolleyes:
Link
Okay. I'll buy that argument/method- except it needs to be communicated to the masses or it won't fly.

What of the bolded??
This is the biggest thing. Construction signs should spell this out, and it should be taught in driver's ed as well.
It's pretty much common sense but people are too stupid or ignorant when driving. I really enjoy getting flipped off by the clown who's pissed that I didn't slam my brakes so he can merge in front of me from an entrance ramp.

 
N.Y. detective pleads not guilty in motorcycle attack on SUV driver

Braszczok is one of 11 motorcyclists charged in a 14 count indictment with pursuing a sport utility vehicle on September 29 driven by a man traveling with his wife and 2-year-old daughter. Riders surrounded the car, smashed the vehicle's windows and dragged the driver Alexian Lien, 33, from the car and beat him in a videotaped incident that went viral on the Internet. (See the video here )
 
2 Motorcyclists Found Guilty in 2013 Attack on Driver but Acquitted of Top Charge


An undercover New York police detective and another man were found guilty on Tuesday of assault for being part of a group of motorcyclists who dragged a driver from his car in Upper Manhattan and beat him in front of his wife and baby daughter.

But a State Supreme Court judge in Manhattan acquitted the two men of the top charge they faced: first-degree gang assault.

The defendants chose to have the judge, Maxwell Wiley, decide their cases rather than a jury. On Tuesday morning, after a three-week trial, Justice Wiley found the detective, Wojciech Braszczok, 34, guilty of second-degree assault, coercion, riot and criminal mischief. But he rejected the most serious charges, gang assault and first-degree assault, saying the prosecution had not proved the detective shared the intent of the other attackers to hurt the victim.

The other defendant who was on trial, Robert Sims, 36, an electrician, was convicted of attempted gang assault, second-degree assault, coercion, riot and criminal possession of a weapon.

Justice Wiley allowed the two men to remain free on bail pending their sentencing hearings, which have been scheduled for early August. Detective Braszczok faces at least two years in prison, while Mr. Sims faces at least three and a half years.

Lt. John Grimpel, a Police Department spokesman, said Detective Braszczok had been “suspended pending termination,” meaning he would be fired.

Nine other bikers had pleaded guilty to second-degree assault for their roles in the attack, which took place on Sept. 29, 2013, on 178th Street near Wadsworth Avenue during a motorcycle rally that drew hundreds of bikers.

The Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., said on Tuesday that the convictions showed his office’s resolve not to tolerate mob violence. “The explosive nature of this gang assault, much of it captured on camera, was shocking, and for the victim and his family, a terrifying ordeal,” Mr. Vance said.

The victim, Alexian Lien, and his wife, Rosalyn Ng, testified that dozens of motorcyclists first forced their car to stop on the Henry Hudson Parkway near 125th Street after getting into a minor dispute with them on the road. The couple’s 2-year-old daughter was in the back seat.

When bikers surrounded their car and threatened them, Mr. Lien said, he hit the accelerator, running over one of the motorcyclists, Edwin Mieses, and breaking the man’s spine. Scores of bikers gave chase and caught up to Mr. Lien’s car on 178th Street.

The attack was recorded by one motorcyclist’s helmet camera and on an iPad belonging to another biker. In one video, Detective Braszczok can be seen punching the back window of the car, then kicking the side panel twice, just before others dragged Mr. Lien out.

The video, along with a series of photographs, also show Mr. Sims first trying to force Ms. Ng from the car, then walking around the rear end and joining the attack on Mr. Lien, stomping him with his feet. Both men were identified through their helmets and distinctive motorcyclist clothing.

Detective Braszczok never touched Mr. Lien. He testified that he was only trying to stop the car from fleeing an accident and that he did not know the other bikers would attack the driver. He said he reflexively smashed the rear window with his hand after a projectile punched a softball-size hole in it — a projectile he thought had come from inside the car. In that moment, he said he became scared, and a few seconds later fled on his motorcycle, seeing the crowd pummel Mr. Lien as he left.

Outside court, the detective’s lawyer, John Arlia, said Justice Wiley had vindicated his client. “He didn’t intentionally cause any injury to Mr. Lien or to anyone,” he said. “He wishes to move on with his life.”

Before his arrest in 2013, the detective had spent several years as an undercover investigator, working first as a drug purchaser in narcotics investigations, then being assigned to infiltrate the Occupy Wall Street movement.

During the trial, the detective had tried to keep his face hidden, covering his head with a T-shirt when he came to and left court. But after the verdict, Detective Braszczok allowed photographers to take his picture. He declined to explain why.

Mr. Sims’s lawyer, Luther Williams, said he hoped to persuade Justice Wiley to give his client — who spent 16 months in jail before posting bail — the minimum sentence, given the circumstances. Though Mr. Sims did not testify, his lawyers argued that his actions were provoked by the sight of Mr. Lien’s car crushing a fellow motorcyclist.

“This is a case where there is bad behavior on behalf of a lot of folks,” Mr. Williams said. “I think in the heat of the moment they did some dumb things, but I think a lot of folks did a lot of dumb things.”

Justice Wiley did not explain his decision to acquit the men of gang assault, except to say he had carefully parsed the evidence about the intent each man had during the episode and then applied the law.
 

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