Collision between NYPD vehicle and Citi Bike sparks controversy







A New York City police officer insisted a bicyclist was riding recklessly when the Citi Bike collided with a police vehicle, but there are conflicting accounts of the incident.

“Yes, he hit me and the bike with that vehicle,” said witness Garvey Rich.

It is an incident sure to fuel an already simmering debate between vehicles and bicycles in New York City, and the use of police force.

A witness captured images of NYPD officers boxing in a cyclist with their SUV.

The Citi Bike was lodged above the police vehicle’s rear wheel. The back of the bicycle bent from the collision.

“So I am going to use whatever means necessary to stop you, OK? And that’s for your safety,” an officer is heard saying.

The officer can be heard saying the cyclist blew several red lights and ignored numerous attempts to pull him over, including by loudspeaker.

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