Mayor Villaraigosa’s Response to LAPD’s Brutality Against BicyclistsJune 7, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Posted in Bike News | 7 Comments
Tags: Charlie Beck, Critical Mass, LACBC, lapd, Mayor Villaraigosa, Midnight Ridazz
Last Friday, we composed a letter to Mayor Villaraigosa and delivered it in person to his office. We called for him to show leadership on the city of Los Angeles’ response to LAPD brutality caught on video at the May 28 Critical Mass bike ride. What follows is the Mayor’s brief response to our letter, which he asked us to post on our blog:
Bicyclists have every right to use our City streets and to be treated with courtesy and respect—both by drivers and law enforcement.
I fully support LAPD Chief Charlie Beck’s efforts to improve the relationship between cyclists and police officers, and I was very disappointed to hear about the confrontation in Hollywood on May 28.
The video from that night is disturbing. The LAPD is conducting a full investigation of this incident, and I have complete confidence in Chief Beck’s commitment to making the City’s streets safe for everyone.
—Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
We invite you to post your comments about this alarming incident, and how you think that the mayor and the city should respond.