Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.


LAPD Cancels BS 'Speeding' Ticket Given To Venice Biker

Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

Now it wouldn't personally be our style to let a police officer know he's in our way if we happened to be cruising along the Venice Beach bike path. However, it's painful watching the video of what happened to one man who chose to do just that: the police officer so badly wants to give out a ticket to a guy whose only crime seems to be getting under a police officer's skin (which newsflash: is not an actual crime).

The incident happened over Thanksgiving break, but the video got picked up recently by Yo! Venice and then Biking in LA. Chris Jackson of Venice is the biker in the video who taped his interaction with the police officer.

The video is so cringeworthy, so if you'd like to avoid watching it here's the short version: The video starts just as the officer is starting to write the ticket, and Jackson begins to question him about his alleged crime. The officer says he is being given a ticket for riding the wrong way down the bike path, which he considers "dangerous." Jackson says he was safely passing the officer and another woman who was blocking the "right" side for his cruiser. They argue about it for a while, and the officer seems to relent when Jackson points out that there's a dotted line in the middle of the bike path, which indicates passing is A-okay.

Support for LAist comes from

Then the officer switches gears and comes up with a new rationale: he's going to ticket Jackson for speeding. He says:

"Listen to me, sir. The reason why I'm going to write you for unsafe speed is because you are arguing with me. This is a catch-all, 22350. Because you're riding on the wrong side of the back path, you're looking at me, and you're complaining because my emergency vehicle is on the bike path. And that's unsafe speed. Looking in the wrong direction, traveling in the wrong way, that's unsafe."

But it looks like the ticket won't stick. Detective Gus Villanueva of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section told NBC Los Angeles the "ticket had been canceled in the interest of justice."And that's not all: the LAPD told NBC that it is conducting a personnel investigation into the officer's behavior.