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Everyone settle down and get a grip



Report from the August, 2007 Ride:

I was the first person on this last ride to get arrested, well that is unless someone actually was arrested at Daley Center. Anyway, there has been two comments left by people that I suspect work for the city or are relatives of someone who does. This ride never has run stop lights in the same fashion that a funeral never runs lights. The front of the line stops at all lights and everyone else proceeds as they are part of the group. This is the way it always has been and the way it always should be. We always let emergency vehicles in, so what is the problem? Towards the beginning of the ride I rode up to the front and was told in this moment the following:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olmdVBGUMVI

He told me "You can pick any route you want but, you can't go East of Michigan." Well, I took the lead and I respected his wishes until he changed his mind and decided that we also can't go North on State from Roosevelt and then again at Wabash. Well at Wabash I was already in the middle of my turn when I recognized his decision. I was then run into a row of parked cars and told that if I didn't turn around that I would be arrested. I said that it didn't make any sense as I complied with his wishes when he said that we could do anything that we want but, we have to stay East of Michigan. He said that the rules change and that I have to do whatever a police officer tells me to do. This is entirely unconstitutional and if you think otherwise you are just another lemming waiting for Big Brother to make all your dreams come true. I am looking for any additional footage to what has already been posted here. If you have any, please contact me at Criscoluv@hotmail.com. Keep in mind the Nazis taught complacency too. Question authority or forever be a fool under their rule.


interested in telling your story to radio?



Report from the August, 2007 Ride:

Please call and leave a message at 888-635-1112...see: http://www.vocalo.org/files/media/video/protest2.mov


A picture



Report from the August, 2007 Ride:

I've just posted a photo on my blog of my friend and I being arrested

http://gov.buttermouth.com/

Thanks to the generosity of one of our fellow riders, a picture was taken and sent to my friend regarding our arrest.

He and I were neither drunk, nor drinking; we were not resisting arrest, we were not rowdy or obnoxious. Rather in the midst of the chaos ensuing at Roosevelt and Canal, my friend and I simply sat down. The cops grabbed us almost immediately.

You can see in the photo, I was thrown against the back of the paddy wagon, and my friend made a decision to go limp. The cops, in this photo, are dragging a fellow human being to be locked away in a prison cell.

Thank you again to whoever took this photo, if anyone else has any photos, or videos, it would be greatly appreciated if you could email them ( KevinMaley@gmail.com )

Peace


Arrested



Report from the August, 2007 Ride:

I was arrested and spent 15 hours in solitary confinement. I am seeking out video or photos of my arrest in order to show that i was not being disorderly. I was the one that was sitting down with my eyes closed on Roosevelt and Canal. I went limp when they grabbed me and was carried to the patty wagon. If anyone has any video or photos please send them to: jlschad@gmail.com Thank you!


photo...



Report from the August, 2007 Ride:

as this being my 1st ride, i have no reference to compare as other riders have been sharing.
I'd like to just let ya'll know that I was beyond sober, did not talk shit to this cop, was only trying to go around him, when he grabbed my bike by the front told me to move the other way, didn't move, grabbed his baton and put it through the spokes of my wheel, got real aggressive, to the point of grabbing me outta my bike, handcuffin', screaming in my face, handcuffing -detaining me for what?????
so, if anyone knows the description of what i just described -canal/van buren(?)i'd appreciate your photos, words, please contact me katy@faithinplace.org


Rider looking for witnesses/film



Report from the August, 2007 Ride:

From:
"Katy Regalado"

Subject: police harassment 8/31/07

I was the young woman harassed by the cops this past critical mass (my 1st one by the way!)
I am attempting to locate the photograhper who was able to document -i know it was sold to ABC and aired that nite on the 10pm news. If you could please allow for this message to be posted on your website with my email and name (or a more descrete way to get in contact with me via you or something?) for that footage. I am pursuing legal action and I am also calling out for help from any witnesses who saw what happened to me.
thanks,
k

Katy Regalado

Youth Program Coordinator
Faith in Place
2532 W. Warren
312 733 4640
www.faithinplace.org
Chicago, IL 60612


worst ride ever !



Report from the August, 2007 Ride:

can i make the assumtion that the leader of this thing was one of the people that got arrested? who ever was leading that route i have to ask wtf? was it the cops idea to go up a staircase? crazy bottlenecks? and a crapy ride through downtown. i would have rather gone to the southside again for a 3rd time. if i was on my own bike i might have had tons more fun but i was a mime on a 6 person bike and after the hills and almost losing the mass everytime we had to go up one it became kinda a drag.


Booze part of the problem?



Report from the August, 2007 Ride:

A little "get my drink on" buzz is cool, however some people on the ride were just too blatant with it and that's where our problems started. I saw a few people that had their coolers and would occassionally grab a swig while aware of their surroundings (like where the cops were). Others were just chugging and pedeling like there was no tomorrow. I believe that the cops thought that it was time, especially since it was dark, to shut us down. Again, open alcohol on the streets is illegal. That's cause right there. I stayed as long as I could, however I'm really not in the mood to be arrested when all I was doing was enjoying my ride, the other cyclists and the people along the way.


a little ride on lsd



Report from the August, 2007 Ride:

so i dont know how many of us there were but me and my friend started a cruise on lake shore drive in response to the cops breaking up our ride. id say there were about 100 to 200 of us at least. that was fun. anyone got any good pix?


Power to the People



Report from the August, 2007 Ride:

Link to a blog regarding the arrests of the 31st:

http://gov.buttermouth.com/2007/09/crime-and-punishment.html


CourteousMass



Report from the August, 2007 Ride:

As an bicycle commuter, former bike shop employee and one time bicycle advocate, I was appalled by the actions I saw take place at last weeks Critical Mass, an unofficial monthly bike ride though downtown Chicago. My shock however was not with the police who arrested several cyclists during the ride, but rather with the way many cyclist behaved. If the message of Critical Mass is to encourage cycling as a practical form of transportation and draw attention to the problems of urban riding, cyclists must obey the laws that govern riding. If riders want to block intersections, run traffic lights, and disobey police orders, then we will just continue to fuel the hostility toward cyclists. To truly spread the message of sharing the road we must practice what we preach. Lets start leading by example.


2 LATEST CLIPS OF AUG/2007 MASS INCLUDING ARRESTS



Report from the August, 2007 Ride:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxWxd6zVmJI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdIfNdlOiT0


Video of the police block & bike damage, question about crime stats.



Report from the August, 2007 Ride:

I have video after one of the first arrests that clearly shows one officer picking up the man's bike and throwing it on the ground in addition to all the RESOURCES that were DUMPED into a peaceful ride. The cable for my camera is on my desk at work, so I will upload it asap on Tuesday.

I wonder, statistically, how much else there was going on in the city that required the serious attention of our police department while they had numerous squad cars, a paddy wagon, ATVs, and untold numbers of officers devoted to this gathering? Someone could gather up the crime stats for the zip codes we were in for the hours of the ride.

–Might be interesting reading.


Critical Mess



Report from the August, 2007 Ride:

I don't think I need to describe the altercations with the police any further. Everyone has probably heard about (or experienced) it by now.

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Chicago Police Assault Massers



Report from the August, 2007 Ride:

Something was up from the moment we left Daley Plaza.

I know the police have infiltrated the Mass to an extent in the past, but this was on a whole other level: There were several cops riding with us the whole time, a bunch of undercovers wearing hawaiian shirts, and police seemed to be directing the mass from the word go.

The first thing I saw was a bike cop grabbing people's beers in Chinatown and throwing them on the ground. I've seen people get tickets before in Daley Plaza, but this was very aggressive. The officer was reaching into riders' baskets and grabbing beers out hands. He said, "this is a waste of perfectly good beer" as he threw the cans on the ground.

All hell broke loose at the corner of Canal and Taylor. The Mass came to an instant stop with police vehicles (ATVs, Cars, Segways, and bikes) not letting anyone through. A paddywagon was also parked there and, I assume, designed to start "making examples" of riders.

Frustration in the Mass boiled over until a few brave souls broke through the police barrier and opened up the flood gates for the rest of us. The mass continued on for a few glorious minutes.

We went one block South on Canal and were on the corner of Roosevelt when the first rider was arrested. A twenty-something male was closelined off his bike by one of the Hawaiian shirt undercover police officers. He was thrown on the ground and instantly cuffed.

Then, one by one, the police systematically began arresting people and throwing them into paddy wagons. One 16 year old biker was tackled by two pigs for "inciting a riot" (i.e. chanting); He was put in a headlock by one of the officers while the other officer bound his hands. Two bikers that decided to get off their tandum bike and sit on the ground were picked up off the ground, handcuffed, and thrown into the paddy wagon.

The standoff with police lasted for about twenty minutes, taking place around 8:30 p.m. Towards the end of the standoff, police officers began running into the crowd and arrested randoms. They were riding vehicles in the crowd to break up mass, including one rather obese officer, that was riding his ATV into the crowd and hitting several riders.

Most of the riders took off West, but a group of us discovered that those arrested were being taken to the jail at 1718 S. State street.

The riders were released in staggered order from 4 a.m. - 5 a.m. They were charged with three counts each and had to deal with hours of harrasement by the officers. One biker was told, when he refused to write his prison number on his hand, that "he must be a holocaust surviver or something" by a police officer.

*NOTE = I have already contacted a lawyer to represent the riders and took witness statements/contact information at the scene. I know a lot of people took pictures at the scene so PLEASE post them on here so we can use them in court. Thank you*


Critical Mass arrested



Report from the August, 2007 Ride:

Great ride except for Chicago's finest who decided that we would not be allowed on various streets. Officer Nemcovic who shadowed the ride quickly made the first arrest, repeatedly hassled riders along the way, then ultimately continued his arresting rampage at Canal and Roosevelt. No one was going to be allowed to go east towards the Lakefront, those who insisted on their constitutional rights were quickly subdued and tie-wrapped before being shoved into the paddy wagon. We need to get some media attention to this incident. So much for Mayor Daley's promoting cycling!

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Report from the August, 2007 Ride:

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CCM Map August 2007



Designed by Dave Glowacz for the August, 2007 Ride
Download: MapCCM0807.jpg

The Derailleur August 2007



Designed by willow naeco for the August, 2007 Ride
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BP Dumping Ride



Designed by Dave Glowacz for the August, 2007 Ride

A route to take Bike People through a few local South-side points of interest, then to 12th Street beach for a dump in the Lake.

Route conceived by Dave Glowacz and Kevin Monaghan. Theme developed with the help of Brigid Blume.

Download: 2007-Aug-CCM_BP-Dump_map.pdf