Footage has the cop car closing in on the bike while in pursuit and then… this happens.
You can hear the crowd reacting with shock as the cop catches up and bumps him.
The crowd — also bikers, who happened to be in a Memorial Day event “Elite Bikerz Fallen Brother Ride” ran to see if he was ok.
The rider was being put into handcuffs.
As other bikers rode over to catch a closer look of the crash, one woman recording on her cell shouted at the cop: ‘You pushed him! You pushed him down! You drug him down with your (car) and I have it on camera!’
The victim of the brutal take down was identified as Raul Martinez, 26, according to the California Highway Patrol.[…] The bikers nearby continued to yell obscenities at the cop while the woman filming showed on video where Martinez was hit with the car – as a dent was seen on one side.
‘That’s where it’s all dented… where he knocked him down,’ she said in the video.
The woman went on to shout again at the officer: ‘You hit him down!’
It remains to be seen who’s driving caused contact between the vehicles, but the onlookers seemed pretty convinced it was the cop… and deliberate. So if it turns out that IS what happened.. then what?
Police mentioned what had been happening at the time, while police were chasing him — including driving at high rate of speed, and several specific dangerous driving practices.
‘For unknown reasons, the left side of the Yamaha made contact with the right side of the patrol vehicle on 19th Street west of Carnelian Street.’
The biker was transferred to a nearby hospital, after where he suffered minor injuries.
Martinez faces a felony evading charge.
Did the cop go too far, or was he justified in ‘bumping’ the fleeing vehicle?
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