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Eyewitness to Policeman Breaking His Leg on Friday
by repost (anon-9702882 [at] craigslist.org)
Monday Mar 24th, 2003 3:37 PM
A San Francisco resident captured digital photos of 3/21 SFPD motorcycle wreck, which the Chronicle blames on an imaginary gang of bolt-throwing protesters. The photos are published for the first time here at SF Indymedia.
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Not that it matters much in the greater scheme of things, but I happen to live at Franklin & McAllister Streets and had a ringside seat at Friday's rather wild mass arrests. This means I was able to witness the motorcycle policeman falling down and breaking his leg at the beginning of the evening's activities. The "Chronicle" reported that a protestor had thrown a bolt which caused the accident, but that story is complete nonsense, and I have the photos to prove it.

The action at the intersection of McAllister and Franklin started with a group of about 100 Critical Mass bicyclists taking over the intersection briefly, and then four motorcycle cops came up McAllister Street from Van Ness and stayed there near the crosswalk at Franklin. A few seconds later a fifth motorcycle cop arrived driving slowly and had to swerve at the last second in order not to hit one of the four cops who had already stopped. Which means he fell to the left and went boom. I have nothing but sympathy for the injured officer, but at the time I laughed because it looked so Keystone Cops. Then another dozen motorcycle officers arrived, almost running over their downed colleague, and I think everyone was just waiting for him to get up off the street, but he didn't. That's when the call went out, "Man down," and all hell broke loose, with protestors being wedged in through the park next to the Opera House from Van Ness to Franklin Street, and tactical squads, sheriffs deputies, and so on appearing in formation from everywhere.

Anyway, I have digital photos of all of this, and if anybody needs them for any kind of defense, get in touch with me. The point is that the Critical Mass protestors were way ahead of the policeman who went down, and the larger group were still behind on Van Ness. In other words, there WERE no protestors anywhere near the motorcycle cop who could have thrown any so-called bolt.

By the way, I have nothing but respect for both the protestors who are putting their time, liberty and bodies on the line to protest this disgusting war/massacre in Iraq. And I have a lot of respect for the San Francisco police who have been extraordinarily restrained and fairly good-humored about the situation so far. I'm from the Los Angeles area originally, which has always been a violent police state, and I was just reminded again why I've loved living here over the decades.

Peace
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Comments  (Hide Comments)

by VELOgal
Monday Mar 24th, 2003 4:00 PM
I was in the CM, and i too saw that the cop had fallen due to a collision from another cop. We've seen this happen many times at various CM rides; the cops tend to ride these bikes pretty recklessly. Who was the protester who supposedly "threw a bolt"? Nolan Ryan?

i feel bad for the injured cop, but i despise the way the SFPD/corporate media try to pin it on a protester.

by anonymous
Monday Mar 24th, 2003 4:08 PM
The way the cops and corporate media made it sound, the cop broke his leg in scuffles with protesters. I guess this just shows that they will lie when they can get away with it. I guess it also shows that independent media is the best weapon against police state propaganda.

Thank you for these pictures!!!!!!
by 2086
Monday Mar 24th, 2003 4:30 PM
your photos show nothing of what caused this injury. again , just a punk with nothing but shit for brains..get some real proof...ass
by soma
Monday Mar 24th, 2003 5:19 PM
these are great shots-thank you!
I continue to be amazed at the pure lies of the corporate media. Incidents like these, where some idiot cop falls off his bike, get spun into one of the press' fictitious stories. Clearly a lame attempt to turn this city against the brave people who stand in defiance of this bulls**t war.

keep those cameras out !

by anonymous
Monday Mar 24th, 2003 5:24 PM
The way the cops and corporate media made it sound, the cop broke his leg in scuffles with protesters. I guess this just shows that they will lie when they can get away with it. I guess it also shows that independent media is the best weapon against police state propaganda.

Thank you for these pictures!!!!!!
by soma
Monday Mar 24th, 2003 5:24 PM
these are great shots-thank you!
I continue to be amazed at the pure lies of the corporate media. Incidents like these, where some idiot cop falls off his bike, get spun into one of the press' fictitious stories. Clearly a lame attempt to turn this city against the brave people who stand in defiance of this bulls**t war.

keep those cameras out !

by anonymous
Monday Mar 24th, 2003 5:29 PM
The way the cops and corporate media made it sound, the cop broke his leg in scuffles with protesters. I guess this just shows that they will lie when they can get away with it. I guess it also shows that independent media is the best weapon against police state propaganda.

Thank you for these pictures!!!!!!
by it's really too funny
Monday Mar 24th, 2003 7:34 PM
These cops are such crybabies! Just once I want them to take responsibility for their actions instead of blaming others and playing the victim.

Give me a break, SFPD!
by it's really too funny
Monday Mar 24th, 2003 7:38 PM
These cops are such crybabies! Just once I want them to take responsibility for their actions instead of blaming others and playing the victim.

Give me a break, SFPD!
by it's really too funny
Monday Mar 24th, 2003 7:43 PM
These cops are such crybabies! Just once I want them to take responsibility for their actions instead of blaming others and playing the victim.

Give me a break, SFPD!
by Jym
Monday Mar 24th, 2003 8:38 PM

=v= On the August 1998 ride, a motorcycle officer collided with another's officer's wheel (according to eyewitnesses), fell over, and broke his leg. He blamed an imaginary bicyclist:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/1998/08/01/MN25440.DTL

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/e/a/1998/08/01/NEWS8573.dtl

by clark kent
Monday Mar 24th, 2003 10:43 PM
is it just me, or is the resolution and coloring of these pics really nice? It would take more analyzation to figure out whats going on, but props to the the photographer, these are really beautiful (in a sick way).
love clark kent
by during freeway ride
Monday Mar 24th, 2003 11:50 PM
In custody, the Sgt. came in and told her motorbike stormtroopers that four bikes were damaged in the operation and she wanted the appropriate forms filled out.

One young man who had been arrested piped up, "I know my bike wheel was definitely damaged."

The Sgt. became coy and said that no, she meant the OFFICERS' OWN BIKES.

Story, photos and video:

http://www.indybay.org/news/2003/03/1589005
by Anti Jym
Saturday Mar 29th, 2003 2:22 AM
Jym, You are ungreatful. The SFPD puts there lives on the line, every day/night for you. Even if they don't like you or you like them. Karma dude, it will all come back to you...
by rh
Saturday Mar 29th, 2003 5:30 PM
I totally agree. From the very first shot on the homepage of sf.indeymedia.org i thought "wow, that's a beautiful composition"... Then seeing them in series, yeah, they're beautiful photos in addition to "evidence". I too would like to see the ones with the crosswalk grids filed with bicyclist, and then the ones with that same crosswalk grid filled with cops, in high-rez just for their artistic merit alone.
by Robert Esposito
(flowmechanic [at] hotmail.com) Sunday Mar 30th, 2003 8:35 PM
Although my eyes saw the motorcycle officer bump into the other motorcycle officer and land on his shoulder and face with a lot of force, my camera angle was only able to pick up the protesters who started running from the ensuing officers with batons.