Travel Alert: All readers should avoid New York

by editor on April 22, 2011

We’ve never issued a travel alert before, but after reading the following headline the remarkable sense of duty we feel toward our readers compels us to recommend that you avoid the Empire State:

NY police arrest man for being a smart aleck

If being a smart aleck is now an offense worthy of arrest, most IHTM readers would end up in hot water within five minutes. So we just recommend that you save yourself some trouble and stay the hell away from New York.

Here’s the story:

After New York’s finest stopped a bicyclist for riding on the sidewalk, a passing pedestrian started began teasing the cyclist with clever bon mots like, “You know that’s against the law!”

The police start hassling the pedestrian and demand his identification. This, of course, escalates what had been a relatively minor stop into a major confrontation. By the time it was over six officers were involved.

The best part? While arresting the smartass, none of the cops even notice another pedestrian – obviously drunk or loaded – stumbling into oncoming traffic.

H/T: HotAir.com

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DeanH
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DeanH

New York City keeps the people in line that’s why its such a safe and friendly little town. Clean, too.

Tatersalad
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Tatersalad

Travel Alert???

I wish Obama would sign those 276 drilling permits that have been sitting on his desk for over a year now. I’m getting damn tired of people buying all those greenie type, little bitty cars because when I run over one of them they get tangled up in my trucks drive shaft and rear axle. It has cost me big time because I have to now carry around an oxy-acetylene torch to cut this crap out from under the truck. The sides of the roads are now getting cluttered with this junk.

danybhoy
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danybhoy

He sign them because he does’nt care about the American energy industry. We are helping out off shore drilling in Brazil, but Obama’s boss George Soros, is very heavily invested in Petrobras, & what he wants, he generally gets. Now he has the President doing his bidding.

hisham
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hisham

Hey, thumbs down guy: Take a hike!

hisham
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hisham

Zippy, I gave you thumbs up, but there are a couple of areas where I think some clarification might be needed! First question: Why is it illegal to ride a bicycle on a sidewalk that doesn’t, by the standards of this video, look all that crowded? I thought bicycles were off road and on road conveyances, so wouldn’t a sidewalk be considered off road? Second guestion: Did the gentleman “smartass” say something to the cops before we hear his initial comment on tape? For example, he may have been a known street agitator, one ring circus clown act already and saw an opportunity to make an unwarranted comment, or two, at someone else’s expense. I’ve known of situations where people have interfered with an officer trying to do the distasteful job of writing someone up for a stupid infraction and turn something into total sh*t when there wasn’t any to begin with. No defense for the person getting involved where they’re not wanted, but I have seen it happen. However, New York state and NYC have way too many stupid ‘thou shalt not spit on the sidewalk’ laws on the books. I think it’s one of the ways the NYPD augments their annual salaries! What am I missing here? I see five police officers materialize out of then air to arrest this guy. Seems to me like a disgraceful waste of manpower and taxpayer money. It’s not like this guy was Rodney King or anything! Maybe the gentleman “smartass” was just sick and tired of seeing the city’s finest harrassing a bicyclist whose terrible crime had been to flaunt city regulations by jumping up on the curb in order to cross the street at a crosswalk!

ZippyTheWonderMonkey
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ZippyTheWonderMonkey

I wasn’t talking about the cyclist, he wasn’t the one being arrested. The street agitator was the one being arrested, but most towns that I know of have that law in effect so pedestrian don’t get run over. For that, I’d say the police were in the wrong for doing anything more than warning THE CYCLIST. However, the cyclist seemed to have no problem with owning up to the fact that he did something wrong and was getting a ticket for it. The non-sequitur bystander that was not even getting ticketed just saw an opportunity to start rabble rouse where it wasn’t necessary. The situation was being handled and there was no need for him to get involved and when he was confronted by the police acted even more immature and got more confrontational.

That being said, I DO agree with the way the PERSON SHOOTING THE VIDEO handled the situation. If it had merely been the person getting a ticket for riding a bicycle on the sidewalk, then I would agree that this is superfluous police action if it was anything more than a written or verbal warning.

danybhoy
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danybhoy

While I have no plans to head to New York, I have been thinking about travel lately. I have a family function in Saskatchewan next month that I have been planning out & I’m trying to keep on top of flood damage in regards to driving & road repairs. That’s 1 thing, but another thing I’m weighing in my mind is visiting Wisconsin.

I live about 10 minutes away from the WI-MN border, & I go to western Wisconsin to golf quite often. I have also done little quickies to the Wisconsin Dells to golf & get away for a few days. Since there seems to be an effort to destroy Wisconsin by those who work for the state, I’m not sure I want support that. But on the other hand, the actual problem areas are Milwaukee & Madison, & it’s not like I’m actually visiting those 2 areas. So I’m still working this out in my mind.

ZippyTheWonderMonkey
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ZippyTheWonderMonkey

Actually, I think the police acted correctly. If he had complied with the police and handed them his ID he may have gotten away with nothing more than a ticket or at minimum a warning. He goes from making a smartass comment where he wasn’t needed. I’ve worked in juvenile corrections and know how this type of situation can be very distracting when you’re trying to focus on the task at hand. The only good course of action is to try and quell the attention seeker or you may end up with a small riot. You saw in the video that the more the moron started to scream, the more attention was drawn to them, the more people started to filter out of the surrounding houses and could have easily escalated into a riot. They acted correctly in getting him off the street. Civil Protest is VERY different than what that moron was doing.

hologram5
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hologram5

You DON’T have to provide ID in many cases. They did NOT act like professionals, they acted like petulant children which is what most of them are. Goonion thugs that think they are above the law is all they are.

ZippyTheWonderMonkey
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ZippyTheWonderMonkey

no, people don’t have to provide ID in many cases, the cops could have just slammed him on the ground and arrested him on the spot for disorderly conduct. They, in fact, did not but instead used the tactic of asking for an ID to demonstrate the fact that he was acting in a disorderly manner and it has repercussions. Now, you can scream “union thug” and the like but the police were not acting in a manner that violated his rights. They weren’t acting as union officials or representing the union in any way, shape or form. They were doing there job. Any true conservative, as many of you claim to be, would simply comply with the police officer and STFU when you’re acting like an ass. The, and I use this term loosely, “gentleman” getting arrested was interfering with the cops writing a man a ticket and acting like an ass to boot. If the man did nothing wrong he wouldn’t have had such a problem with handing them his ID and taken his warning or ticket and moved on with his life. Instead, he acted like a moron and was arrested.

Joe
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Joe

I have to disagree with you Zippy. The guy was riding a bike on a sidewalk and getting a ticket for it. A friendly person walks by and busts his balls a little, but it was in good fun for both parties. Now the police officers involved apparently take their job very seriously (not so seriously to get out of the vehicle to write the ticket) and do not realize how insignificant an infraction like riding a bike on a sidewalk is. They had to get all macho (maybe more like badgo, you know macho because they have a badge and feel that anything they say or do is the word of the Heavenly Father, but anyway) and say something to the guy who was not even addressing them. I think it was the cops unprofessionalism that escalated this incident.

This reminds me of Parking Wars on A&E. If you’ve never seen it, it’s a show about the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) and apparently everyone in Philadelphia hates their guts. People are constantly giving them a hard time just for doing their job. Some people cuss, others rip into them a little, and some have some friendly banter and go about their days. If they had the authority to arrest people, and this was the litmus test for who should be arrested, the entire city of Philadelphia would have to be made into a prison. The guy in this video was not even talking to the police, but the cops went all badgo on him. They need to lighten up, and if their job is so stressful that this is a regular outcome then they should find a new job.

RockingHorseGuy
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Hey, I kinda like that idea. Making the entire city of Philadelphia into a prison.

john_of_il
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john_of_il

So, how much did that cost the taxpayers? WTF?

jukin
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jukin

The story fails to mention that the alleged “Smart Alec” had just come out of a donut shop with a bakers dozen.

Navyvet
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Navyvet

They gotta do something. They aren’t allowed to arrest criminals for fear the criminals are well connected to the local politicians resulting in case dismissal and likely job termination.

Ken.ca
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Ken.ca

Union thugs

michaelht1
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michaelht1

The ever increasing police state, arrested for speech now? the longer the cops wear badges the more abusive and arrogant they become. We seem to be moving further away from a free society and into this quasi realm of patriotic act laws that forbid movement, speech, thought, all too easily enforced by people who swore and oath but obliviously did not understand or care what that actually meant. This type of police harassment will increase as the economy deteriorates just to generate revenue for the pathetic little minded local governments.