Off-Duty NYPD Cop Present at Motorcycle Violence
But he didn't intervene or come forward for days, say reports
By John Johnson, Newser Staff | Suggested by BCS
Posted Oct 5, 2013 12:04 PM CDT
This undated photo provided by his family's attorney on Friday shows Edwin Mieses Jr., the injured biker.   (AP Photo/Family Photo via Gloria Allred)

(Newser) – One more twist in this week's bizarre story of a New York City driver getting assaulted by a group of motorcyclists in broad daylight: It looks like an undercover NYPD detective was there the whole time but chose not to intervene, reports the Daily News. The detective had been riding with the bikers and didn't want to blow his cover, though he wasn't investigating a specific crime, says the newspaper. He came forward days after the Sept. 29 assault and is now on restricted duty while an investigation takes place, reports the New York Post. It adds that other off-duty cops might have been present.

The AP has the story, too, but it says investigators still aren't sure whether the detective actually witnessed the beating. It took place last weekend after dozens of bikers stopped an SUV and pulled the driver out after he had struck a motorcyclist in their group. That motorcyclist remains hospitalized and might never walk again. The driver needed stitches after the beating. So far, three of the motorcyclists have been charged.

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Oct 6, 2013 2:59 PM CDT
Sure, the undercover cop is going to pop up with badge in hand surrounded by a 100 criminals and tell them to freeze. I don't think the cop is that crazy.
Oct 6, 2013 9:35 AM CDT
Several years ago, on a Brooklyn street, I saw the driver of an unusually bulky SUV strain his neck out his window to sight a kid on a bicycle and then turn around and gun the gas; strike the biker who flew in the air. The biker was unhurt. When the police were at the scene I informed them I was a witness. They took the name of only one witness and all they said to me was "get on the sidewalk". While at the scene they laughed and chatted with the SUV driver. Another witness knew how to contact internal affairs and with my permission gave my name and phone number. A captain made an appointment to meet me. I had trouble finding him because he stayed put in a black, unmarked car, at night till I approached. The first thing he tried to do was challenge my motives and it only got worse from there. So far a s I know nothing was ever done.
Oct 6, 2013 9:25 AM CDT
On Fox News I saw a panel of their staff tear mercilessly into the character of a black, unarmed, elderly school bus driver for not doing more to stop 3 teenage students from beating a fourth (though he DID promptly call for police!) Personally I was outraged at how racism could impel them to such virulent animus, Monday morning quarterbacking, hypocritical bravery and self righteous pontification. Now watch the stonewall of silence from them on this or even their quickness to defend him! Bring me back one tiny peep against this guy from Fox News. This utterly simple challenge stands!