NYPD police stood by while driver was savaged
Short summary: Alexian Lien [name corrected -- hat tip to the commenter] and his family were driving down the Hudson Parkway behind a group of motorcyclists. One of the bikers apparently felt the family were encroaching on their "space" and so pulled in front of him and hit the brakes (it was no coincidence; you can see him looking back over his shoulder to gauge the result). Lien bumped him, and the rest of the motorcyclists began to attack Lien, smashing his window with a helmet, slashing his tires.
He gunned the engine, went over one of the motorcyclists, inflicting serious injuries, and the chase was on. They eventually caught up with him, and inflicted a serious beating
Yes, Bloomie, we know ... your police will protect us. You can reflect that it's a good thing the victim didn't have a gun, because this way there were no gun deaths to report.
You got the names wrong. Mieses is the biker that got run over by Alexian Lien, the driver of the Range Rover. Lien was beat up by other bikers, but AFAIK he's not hospitalized at this time.
Posted by: ARL at October 5, 2013 11:20 AM
You know....Range Rover sales have just gone up. Now they can put "motorcycle gangs" as places that just can't stop a rover..lol.
Posted by: 5thofNov at October 5, 2013 04:30 PM
Sorry, but What the ???? "Yes, Bloomie, we know ... your police will protect us."
The police have NO responsibility to protect. Do you not remember the civil suit where the ARMED NY Transit Police hid in a locked vestibule while an UNARMED citizen was attacked by a madman with a knife? The judge threw out his case, the police did nothing wrong by cowering and letting a citizen be attacked.
Posted by: rd at October 5, 2013 05:24 PM
There have been showings of an earlier video from that day that shows them going down a street, some in the proper lane others in the other lane and up on the side walk weaving in among the pedestrians. Forget about the cops protecting you they are probably breaking the law as much as the others.
You could see from the video shown on the news that the one biker decided to slow down and was looking to either get tapped or at least seriously harass. The way the range rover was surrounded the driver did not even have the option to move over or get off the road.
Posted by: Rich at October 5, 2013 06:00 PM
...coming to a gun free zone near you!
Posted by: Mman at October 5, 2013 08:52 PM
Notice that lately the best coverage of US news has been in UK papers. US papers pretty much don't want to hear about stuff like this.
"Watchdog media" indeed.
Posted by: Mman at October 5, 2013 08:53 PM
As supporters of the Bill of Rights, we are always being attacked that we do not need guns and that the government will protect us. When we point out that 2A was intended to also protect the citizens from government gone astray, we are given the "tin hat" treatment. Well, here is a perfect example, the police were part of the gang of criminals that attacked the unarmed citizen. Is the DOJ and POTUS going to stand up to protect this SUV driver?
Posted by: Texas Topcat at October 5, 2013 09:19 PM
Yes we know the Police have no duty to protect us, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg keeps saying that people in New York City do not need firearms because the police will protect them. That was the point of "Yes, Bloomie, we know ... your police will protect us.".
Posted by: Joel Stoner at October 6, 2013 01:12 AM
This morning I heard something to the effect that the police in the group were undercover and did not want to blow that - and if you believe that I have a bridge for sale in NYC...
Posted by: Rich at October 6, 2013 10:35 AM
Actually had the victim drawn a firearm the NYPD on the scene probably would have drawn and opened fire on him. Probably fairly safe for the drive himself, but given past results could turn into a mass shooting of passers by ...
Posted by: Stephen at October 6, 2013 02:23 PM
If this driver had a legalized gun on him it would not have even escalated to breaking of windows. It would have ended in a bunch of bikers driving away from him in all directions as soon as he drew and pointed it at them, before the uniformed police even arrived. And that's the point - the police are generally good at surveying and documenting incidents after the fact, but horrible at actually stopping attacks in progress.
Posted by: Mman at October 7, 2013 08:18 AM
It is almost impossible to have a legal handgun in NYC. Besides the undercover cops probably would have shot him if he drew it
Posted by: Rich at October 7, 2013 09:24 AM
I like your blog, but if the Daily Mail says the sun comes up in the east, step outdoors and check for yourself.
Posted by: Chas Clifton at October 7, 2013 03:59 PM
Now we here that one of the undercover/off-duty officers actually participated in the attack.
Posted by: Guest at October 8, 2013 08:14 PM
according to one news report there were several off duty cops including transit in the group. They were not on the job but there as riders so my question is where they hell are they finding these people to hire as police?
Posted by: rich at October 10, 2013 04:43 PM