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LAPD Questioned About Treatment of Cyclists

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Cyclists speak yesterday to the Transportation Committee | Danielle Directo
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By Danielle Directo, Special to LAist

After being no-shows at last week’s Transportation Committee meeting, LAPD appeared before councilmembers and cyclists yesterday, only to be met by harsh criticism for their “distinct bias towards bicyclists” and their response to a hit-and-run accident in late April in which a Hummer sideswiped a rider in downtown L.A. At the meeting, cyclists were “deeply disappointed” and scoffed at the conflicting details police gave regarding the incident.

Three investigations were conducted after the accident and were sent to the City Attorney, who rejected filing on two of the cases, said Commander Mike Williams and Captain Gregory Allen. However, one case of “alleged vandalism” - in which a bike was allegedly thrown at the Hummer - is still pending, despite the fact that authorities still “cannot determine” the supposed bike-thrower.

“Please help us out…we are citizens, we support L.A.,” said Andres Tena, the hit-and-run victim, to police at the meeting. “Keep us safe, you’re the LAPD…you’re here to protect and serve.”