2700 Block of N. Clark at 4:20PM
Came upon a cyclist on the ground in the parking lane, having just been hit by an impatient Uber driver trying to cut through the bike and empty parking lanes to make the right green arrow onto eastbound Diversey. She was bruised with a cut on her chin and was obviously shaken up. The Uber driver's car mirror was hanging by the wires. Multiple witnesses saw him cut into the bike lane and strike her. He admitted fault.
We waved down a passing cop who took down the parties' information, some notes, witness statements. The cyclists declined treatment and decided to go to St. Joes. Before she leaves, we ask: "So you're going to cite the driver for hitting her?" The responding officers declined to issue any ticket saying that it was "their discretion", "they didn't see it happen", and "it was just an accident." I challenged his rationale, told him to just do his job, albeit curtly, and he steps towards me and tells me to "shut the fuck up" before being held back by his partner.
it was "their discretion", "they didn't see it happen"
You wonder what would change "their discretion". If the victim was a Chicago Bike officier , related to a fellow policeman, member of an alderman's staff?? If the Uber driver was Hispanic, African American or exhibited a sexual orientation other than the officers??
I thought they were sort of silly, but with this and similar cases I am considering investing in a GoPro or similar device.
It is always tough to make a decision at a time like this. We have to give the officer their authority and be respectful. We also have to make sure you have the badge number and license plate of the officer's vehicle. Then, after staying quiet during the encounter we can make sure to absolutely not shut the fuck up by making public that badge number and by reporting said officer to his/her/their superiors. It is fortunate, that the cyclists was not injured worse. The Redit writer described a situation where it is not a he said/she said, but a situation where the Uber driver admitted fault and citizen witnesses confirmed the dangerous maneuver that caused the cyclist to be hit in the bike lane. I do not see a lot of room for discretion unless the victim begged the officer not to write a ticket. Video, as we sadly learned in 9 minutes last year, can be compelling as well.