Some MSNBC Hardball footage of a guy that has made a "free speech" bike that prints messages on the sidewalk in water-soluble chalk. He naturally gets arrested by NY's finest. It takes them calling in a sergeant, then a captain and the captain decides to take him finally for processing based on the lies that the flatfeet tell them (that they witnessed him doing it when it's on camera that they couldn't possibly have seen him do it). <br><br>Funny and sad.<br><br>The bike itself is impressive from a geek-out! standpoint. Take a look.<br><br>
BTW, I don't mean to imply that the cops are not justified in arresting him for "criminal mischief" (I think that's what he said in the video), I mean the guy had had been defacing public property (even if it would wash way in the rain). But the fact that it took what looked like almost a dozen cops altogether, close to an hour and lying about what they witnessed, it's pretty sad. I certainly wouldn't have much confidence in NYPD if I were there.<br><br>
Is writing with chalk on the sidewalk illegal? If it had been advertisement for a pizza parlor would it have gone differently? Why the hell did they confiscate his bike and computer? <br><br>I really don't know the answer to any of those questions. If this fits into NYC's vandalism/graffiti laws then I can sorta understand the arrest (although the police appear to have lied about witnessing it), but how on earth does this warrant suspicion of bombs and such?? <br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>but how on earth does this warrant suspicion of bombs and such<p><hr></blockquote><p>Seems to me it's just a way to intimidate other potential protesters. Pretty lame.<br><br>
hehe, I've played quite a bit of basket ball with him when he was younger (my bro confirmed that this is indeed the same josh kinberg we grew up with - he's my brother's age - 3 years younger than I). thanks much for the link!<br><br>neye<br><br>
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