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post #1 of 17 Old 08-24-2016, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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A firestorm erupted last March when a video surfaced that showed a Texas police officer pepper spraying a group of motorcyclists riding past his patrol car. Motorcyclists who watched the video (now with more than three million views) were angered at the apparent assault on riders. The cop, William Figueroa, claimed he needed to spray the riders because they wouldn’t vacate the lane next to his patrol car that was pulled over at the side of the road.

Surely the overly aggressive cop would be severely reprimanded for his actions that could’ve hurt or even killed riders as they rode past, right? Well, thanks to our favorite moto-riding attorney, John Butrus, we were able to dig into the situation. Sadly, the outcome of the investigation seems to be far too lenient for an officer who demonstrated a complete lack of concern for the safety of our fellow riders.
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post #2 of 17 Old 08-24-2016, 03:01 PM
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I don't approve of what the LEO did......but the motorcyclists (and vehicles behind them) were breaking the law by not moving over in the other lane (if possible) and reducing their speed.
No excuse for the pepper spray.....but I can understand the officer's "frustration" maybe.....when fellow officers are hit by oncoming vehicles while making a traffic stop or helping out a motorists in need.

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It is a good thing no one was sprayed hard enough to cause an accident. That would really have made this an even bigger mess.

Surely this is out of policy although the city will never admit fault.
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Entitled cop. Given the amount of traffic on this road, why didn't he wait to pull over in a safer place. When does it become ok to endanger dozens of other people to make a cop feel safer? When he feels like using his pepper spray standing next to his car with the door open. Does he do this to cars when they don't move to the left lane?
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If I used pepper spray on someone without cause it would be deemed assault and I would be prosecuted.
This is a fact.
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If I used pepper spray on someone without cause it would be deemed assault and I would be prosecuted.

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Absolutely. It's amazing what some cops get away with. It's one thing after another any more.
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I believe that in Ontario the cop has to bee on the side of the road for a good reason. Simply stopped, at his own discretion, isn't justification for expecting traffic to change lanes.
He is a F...ing Idiot and has no right to assault oncoming traffic, thus endangering them and likely to cause an accident.
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I wonder if he sprayed the cars too?

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I wonder if he sprayed the cars too?
No. He knows it would have no effect. But when traffic is this heavy I bet he doesn't chaise down every car that doesn't move to the left lane to give them a ticket or chew them out. So if he isn't chasing down cars, what gives him the right to single out motorcycles? Like most people out there, your vulnerable on a bike and they are going to take advantage of that. Just like this cop.
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No. He knows it would have no effect. But when traffic is this heavy I bet he doesn't chaise down every car that doesn't move to the left lane to give them a ticket or chew them out. So if he isn't chasing down cars, what gives him the right to single out motorcycles? Like most people out there, your vulnerable on a bike and they are going to take advantage of that. Just like this cop.
I've had folks look in the rear view and flick a cig out.
My "payback" is to get in front, turn head sideways, close one nostril and do a "farmer blow". Hopefully some greenies smear their window. Childish - I know.
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