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Arrest Alexian Lien for Attempted Vehicular Manslaughter: Give the Motorcyclists in NYC JusticeOp-Ed by Tim King Salem-News.com
Does having a baby in your Ranger SUV give you a right to kill?
(TUCSON) - The motorcyclists may have been reckless in NYC but the attack against the driver of a black Range Rover who ran down a number of people intentionally, was a spontaneous reaction to an arrogant, extremely dangerous hit and run motorist.
Media and the public seem to believe that the driver of a car had a right to bash cyclists with thousands of pounds of steel because he was scared, I call foul. Those motorcyclists weren't out to hurt some guy's family, that is a sensational and ridiculous assertion, and it is being repeated endlessly in electronic media and press.
The driver, acting out of pure fear and using his vehicle as a weapon, resorted to violence instead of keeping his cool.
ABC News states, "Imagine being out for a drive with your family on a Sunday afternoon and suddenly you're surrounded by a swarm of motorcycles, roaring engines, angry bikers, in every direction..." I totally fail to glean what justifies this editorial line in their report. The prejudice Americans feel toward motorcycle riders could not be more prevalent.
Motorcycle riders are everyday people, they do this gathering of 1,000 bikes in New York City each year. Many rode dirt bikes, they sported backpacks and girlfriends. I hardly can imagine that the riders were "angry," until a driver decided to run down human beings with his heavy, expensive SUV.
A report from ABC News shows the riders break out the car window and haul the driver of the SUV out, but they fail to mention that he was guilty of a deliberate series of hit and runs that left a number of people injured. Of course privilege exists for men like 33-year old Alexian Lien. He is a Chinese born banker, a big shot, part of what Occupy Wall Street calls "the 1%". He wasn't hurt very badly, he was literally brought to justice by riders who had witnessed his series of crimes committed allegedly out of fear.
The riders weren't out to hurt a family in broad daylight for no reason.
They apparently were attempting to clear a section of roadway in order to perform stunts on their motorcycles. Most of the mainstream media portray this driver's actions as necessary, it is disheartening and ridiculous, particularly the ABC News report.
The South China Morning Post wrote: "... as drivers slowed and pulled to the right to let the motorcyclists pass, the Range Rover remained in the center lane, the video appears to show. The first crash occurred as a rider slowed to a near-stop in front of the SUV."
The man who turned himself in, Allen Edwards of Queens who is 42, is seen in the video pounding on the SUV with his hands, in an attempt to stop the driver from continuing on to harm and injure more motorcycle riders. Another rider smashed the driver's side window with his helmet in order to stop Lien. He was charged with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and menacing.
A motorcyclist named Christopher Cruz has been charged with reckless driving, reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child and menacing. There was never any attempt to harm the man's wife and child, only Lien was pulled from the SUV. He allegedly was struck in the face receiving bruising and lacerations. His injuries were treated in a hospital. They were inflicted by riders who had watched him blatantly target others and run them down.
The person at the center of the controversy who uses the name Hollywood Stuntz, is Aaron Lao. As the video to the right shows, there was never any endorsement of violence from his group. Yet he has received death threats. Even YouTube is packed with threatening comments. An individual using the name ezengel writes:
"f*cking biker thinking they are the coolest on the roads, if i was driving the suv i would be knockut every biker in this moment and put my gun an shoot em all up."
Think about where this took place.
New York City is the most progressive and cutting edge city in America. I was riding through New York City myself just one day prior to this large scale ride. I actually think that That The Big Apple should be glad these bikers loosely riding under the banner of Hollywood Stuntz, only go out and do this once a year.
The bottom line from what I can tell, is that all of the drivers on this section of roadway had pulled over and were working with the motorcycle riders; allowing them room. Only Alexian Lien refused and stayed in the center lane, making it impossible for the riders to proceed. He should be arrested and charged with a number of crimes, and he should have followed the lead of the other drivers.
Mr. Lien brought on his own problems, and groups like ABC present the story in a fashion that is completely out of context. The riders had every right to subdue a man who had just recklessly run down a number of innocent people who never intended him any harm. The man was a coward for doing what he did. This second video from FOX News, is produced by the only network I've seen that looks at the event through the eyes of the riders who were there.
The rider who uses his helmet to smash the window of Lien's vehicle says he did it to keep the man from driving into and running over other riders. He talked to FOX News but asked not to be identified:
"As he took off he hit me and he just kept going. Once he hit me off my bike I got angry and took off after him."
The rider added:
"Two minutes prior to that this guy almost took my life from me. And I'm the aggressor because I smashed his window?"
Let's get a couple of other things straight. "Bikers" ride Harley Davidson's and other American motorcycles. People who ride sport bikes and dirt bikes and on/off road motorcycles are not "bikers" per se, they are motorcyclists.
Also, the word "gang" is used repeatedly in the mainstream media reports, and even by non traditional news sources. The one "club" that was present is called "Frontline Soldiers". It is comprised of current and former policemen. Two officers have been identified as having taken part in the motorcycle event. One police detective, 32-year old Wojciech Braszczok of NYPD, is among the six people that have been arrested. and is one of four motorcycle riders facing criminal charges, the Daily Mail reports. He faces riot and criminal mischief charges. FOX News reports that, "investigators discovered video evidence showing him punching an already damaged back window, then twice kicking the side of the SUV before leaving the scene, according to two people familiar with the case."
28-year old Matthew Rodriguez is with NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau. He claims to have not been near the scene of the incident, but he confirmed that he is a member of Frontline Soldiers.
There is no question that this über edgy annual gathering of motorcyclists and display of skills and bravado involves traffic laws being broken, and features some degree of bad behavior, but I fail to understand how motorcycles come to represent so much fear and result in such needless and confusing labeling, particularly the stunt riders and these adrenaline junkies who simply want to show off their riding skills in a public setting. We should not give a legal stamp of approval to Mr Lien's destructive, cowardly behavior.
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