[*BCM*] CM arrest today
lisa at cadence90.com
Fri Apr 28 23:50:04 EDT 2006
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Adam Shoop wrote:
> I suppose I'm the first to get back to back to my computer after
> today's Critical Mass ride, but for those of you who missed the ride
> or kept riding on after Harvard Sq., one person was arrested after
> blocking traffic. A few individuals took down his name, etc. and
> contacted sympathetic lawyers. The police officers (one motorcycle
> cop, one or two squad cars and one wagon used to transport the
> arrested person and his bike) would not say what charges were being made.
> He did make an announcement--to the 15 or so other riders who stopped
> and gathered around the arrest--along the lines of: "you're all having
> a good time and riding bikes but don't ride away after blocking
> traffic when I tell you stop and don't give me fake information when I
> ask you."
> Unfortunately, I think what might have resulted in traffic tickets or
> disorderly conduct might land the rider in jail for a night. The
> relevant state law requires simply that cities "provide a noncriminal
> ticketing procedure against violators of the provisions of sections
> 11A and 11B [requiring that bicyclists obey the traffic laws, etc.]"
> But further on states:
> "A police officer taking cognizance of any such violation may request
> the offender to state his true name and address. Whoever, upon such
> request, refuses to state his name and address, or states a false name
> and address or a name and address which is not his name and address in
> ordinary use, shall be punished by a fine of not less than 20 nor more
> than 50 dollars. Any such offender so refusing to state his name and
> address may be arrested without a warrant, but no person shall be
> arrested without a warrant for any other such violation."
> I've been on most Boston rides since last year and to my knowledge
> there haven't been too many problems. Occasionally massers have been
> asked to leave Memorial Drive, and once were escorted by motorcycle
> officers to the Longfellow Bridge and stopped being followed once we
> crossed to Cambridge.
> I've casually followed the legal proceedings against CM rides in New
> York and as far as I recall, all injunctions and lawsuits have been
> thrown out (including two federal suits (1) to prevent the
> environmental group Time's Up! from advertising or supporting the
> event, (2) one to require a parade permit for each ride; and the New
> York state Supreme Court suit to obtain a monthly permit for the event).
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