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Anyone else witness a scary driver/cyclist altercation on Milwaukee near California this morning just before 9am? The driver turned out to be a (surprise!) cop? He endangered at least a half a dozen cyclists.

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I plan to call their Internal Affairs office. I didn't do it today, because I was hoping that another witness got the license plates number. Regrettably, no one did. However, I have a very good description of the driver, and I did follow his antics the whole way, as I was driving immediately behind him. I did not want to write a long essay on Facebook, but it was very scary and reckless behavior, regardless of whether the cyclist had actually done anything wrong -- he did not. Even when he was pushed against the car by the cop, he maintained his composure, and was just trying to diffuse the potentially explosive situation. I'm really glad that no one was hurt. This cop endangered easily a half a dozen cyclists by forcing them out of the bike lane and into oncoming traffic. I narrowly missed hitting one myself with my vehicle, because he appeared out of nowhere trying to get out of the way. I really couldn't stop and take notes, because I had two kids with me in the car.

Even if on duty the reckless behavior of the officer was endangering others.  He was also in a car that was obviously not a city vehicle and I doubt an undercover officer is going to be wearing a badge around his neck.

Lisa Curcio said:

Based upon the description, behavior is unacceptable.  However, anyone ever considered that he was not off-duty but undercover and was actually looking for the guy he "stopped"?  Just sayin'.

He was not out looking for anyone. He apparently was annoyed at the left-turning vehicle in front of him, and used the bike lane to get around. Never mind that there was a large group of cyclists in the bike lane. That's when I saw him, plow into the cyclists for no apparent reason. One of the cyclists took exception to this and yelled something at the guy, and that's when he singled him out, followed, and eventually forced him off the bike.
Lisa Curcio said:

Based upon the description, behavior is unacceptable.  However, anyone ever considered that he was not off-duty but undercover and was actually looking for the guy he "stopped"?  Just sayin'.

You may wish to consider contacting Active Trans about this.  They may help make CPD aware of this incident in a way that carries some weight.

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