Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Do You Ride a Bike in Rochester, NY? If so, You better Make Sure it has a Bell and a Light on It!

By Davy V.

Wednesday morning, Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard announced that beginning that evening, his officers would be out in full force, conducting proactive details.

“We're going to be clearing corners. We're going to be checking for guns. We're going to be doing the traffic stops and the bike stops, all those things because we know we have to set the tone and set it early,” said Chief Sheppard.

The Wednesday news conference came as a result of what is being referred to by Rochester news media as a 'spike in violence in the city in less than 24 hours', which included two shootings, and a home invasion on Rochester's west side.

Although Rochester's mainstream news media made sure to put their 'spin' on things, by reporting that Rochester Police were being 'proactive', it was clear at the news conference, that Chief Sheppard was being reactive, not 'proactive.'

Whether proactive, or reactive, one thing's for sure... if you ride a bicycle in Rochester, NY, you better make sure it as a bell, and a light on it!

Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard (center),
and his gang members.
If your bike does not have a bell or a light on it...
they're coming for you!
You see, last year, in what was a clear attempt to give his rogue officers yet another way to violate innocent citizen's rights by conducting illegal and unconstitutional stops, searches, and seizures, Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard announced that RPD officers would be stopping bicycle riders, as part of an initiative he called 'Operation Cool Down.'

In fact, here are Chief Sheppard's exact words, from that press conference last year:

“If you’re riding a bike and it doesn’t have a bell, we’re going to stop you. If it doesn’t have lights, we’re going to stop you. Tail light’s out – we’re going to stop you, If you’re on a corner and we think you’re engaged in criminal activity, we’re going to stop you.”

So there you have it, if you ride a bike in Rochester, NY, it'd be wise of you to make sure it has a bell, and a light on it.

After all, you don't want to give Rochester Police officers ANY reason to have you up against a wall, at gunpoint, for not having a bell, or a light on your bike, while the REAL criminals are planning their next home invasion!

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