666 LaundromatSatan's Laundromat

Go indirectly to jail


After taking some pictures of Critical Mass riders getting arrested, I turned to walk away and suddenly was in cuffs, one of the 264 cyclists and random passers-by arrested Friday night. Rather than writing us summonses for the offenses we were charged with, which were violations (on par with a traffic ticket or an open container), not even misdemeanors, the cops decided to teach us a lesson by hauling us over to a bus depot-turned-holding cell where we got to sleep in cages on diesel-sludge-covered concrete. (Many people reported chemical burns from contact with the floor.) I got to spend 16 hours there, then ride a corrections bus downtown to Central Booking for the full handcuff/search/mugshot/prints treatment, in shackles all the way, and spent another 14 hours there while the cops, who were either intentionally stalling on Bloomberg's orders or staggeringly incompetent, took 14 more hours to write us all the same desk-appearance tickets they could have given out at the scene. There were still at least 50 people in there when I got out at 2:30 a.m. Sunday (and spent another hour waiting on line to get my keys, phone, camera, and pen from the property clerk; I don't get my bike back until the trial).

Thirty hours of my life are gone because Bloomberg felt like going on a power trip (it's said he personally ordered the massive arrests), and I still feel phantom handcuffs on my wrists, the way amputees report feeling phantom limbs. Critical Mass has gone down every month for years, with typically no interference (and often even assistance) by the police. On Friday they suddenly decided to start making arrests without warning, penning people in and arresting entire blocks' worth of people, including hapless tourists and people getting off work who just happened to be in the area watching. And they couldn't have been bothered to clean the diesel sludge off the floor of the holding pens where they made us sleep? Someone will pay.

Many thanks go to the National Lawyers Guild, who submitted a writ of habeus corpus demanding that the city either charge us or free us; this probably got us out five or six hours sooner. And thanks especially to the greeters who met us outside the courthouse in the middle of the night, tended to our injuries and diesel-sludge chemical burns, and fed us real food. The prison bologna sandwich, the staple of the nutrient-free and severely constipating jailhouse diet, is made from the lowest-grade meat and bread imaginable. We discovered that the bologna will stick indefinitely to a vertical metal surface, and that the sandwiches are better used as pillows than as food. (They're also quite handy as the ball in impromptu jailhouse games of empty-cup bowling, and as anchors for paper cups in penny tossing.) And thanks to my fellow political prisoners, who stuck together and kept each other sane. The whole process is designed to subjugate its victims in every way, but we made it through.

Other things worth mentioning: The other prisoner who howled, "Officer! Officer! Fucking officer! I know you can hear me! ... We need to live life based on love, not hate! ... The next time I kill, it won't be based on race!" The ever-present signs warning of the dangers of tuberculosis in jail. The "ass chair," which apparently probes your ass to see if anything is hidden there. The sticker in Central Booking promoting a marijuana rally in 1999. "Slashings, stabbings and assult will result in your immediate arrest." And always, always, mind-numbingly (and probably intentionally so) slow paperwork.

Oh yeah, and someone reported seeing me getting arrested on CNN.

UPDATES: I've corrected the time of my release (Sunday morning, not Monday morning; blame the sleep dep) and added a note saying that my bike was confiscated.

(Another courthouse.)

12:54 PM | Comments (203) | TrackBack (41)


thank you and lots of respect for your courage, to you and all other out there!!

Posted by: alex at August 29, 2004 01:10 PM

wow, thanks for writing up your experience. we need a change of direction in this country. sorry that you had to feel the boot for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Posted by: john at August 29, 2004 01:13 PM

I can't believe that they can do that in this day and age. But, It's obviously being done. I'm glad you were able to make it out with out too much injury. Now, go sue the bastards for as much as you can get. ;)

Posted by: tyd at August 29, 2004 01:14 PM

holy shit. this an amazing account of what happened.

Posted by: tien at August 29, 2004 01:32 PM

Thanks for sharing your story, and for speaking up. Amazing pictures from NYC today, rock on!

Posted by: sibylle at August 29, 2004 01:39 PM

As our civil liberties go swirling away ... thanks for writing this up. I'm sorry you had to endure this treatment.

Posted by: Herself at August 29, 2004 01:48 PM

Michael, power to you and your co-detainees! I will link this to my LJ (which has the same username as above) so that others will be able to read your story.

Posted by: redcountess at August 29, 2004 01:54 PM

wow. just... wow.

Posted by: rachelleb at August 29, 2004 02:16 PM

I'm glad you made it through un-chemical-burned, and that your camera wasn't damaged. The court appearance is surely going to be some kind of spectacle, eh?

Posted by: Jessica at August 29, 2004 02:37 PM

I'm linking to this on my lj, too. Thanks for letting us know what happened -- so sorry you had to go through that.

Posted by: susanstinson at August 29, 2004 02:44 PM

Saw the cluster near E10th Street on Friday night. It looked like they were doing some serious bike damage, also, by piling them haphazardly in the back of a truck . Just another great photo for the GOP Convention welcome package...

Posted by: deb at August 29, 2004 02:57 PM

i too will link this on my blog. i remember the days when i could walk around NYC with a camera without having to worry about getting arrested for some stupid reason.

Posted by: longlivenyhc at August 29, 2004 03:21 PM

damn mike, words cannot describe how much I hate the NYPD NOW I thought I hated them before heh, there so ignorant you probally didnt even do anything wrong, sorry for the NYPD being a bunch of fruitcakes in tight uniforms I know how you feel I have been arrested even though I'm 15 :)

Posted by: Sean (nycexposed) at August 29, 2004 03:29 PM

Doesn't it stand to reason that you might get ticketed? I mean, you knew that going in, right? Truth be told, that was kind of the plan - for some to get arrested, wasn't it? Well, mission accomplished, I'd say.

I *thought* this was standing up for something you believed in. To hear you tell it, it's a cause that was OK as long as it was convenient for you. Apparently, it took more time than you had thought. Nice commitment level there. Thought you were one of us.

It shouldn't surprise you at all that they didn't ticket you on the spot. Logistically, it's just not possible for a limited number of officers to spend a few hours writing out your citation. They've got other responsibilities. You know that NY's finest probably as peeved as you are - but they didn't create the situation.

Grossly unfair for you to the police as incompetent. You're an adult. You chose this action. It has consequences. Be a man, shut the hell up, and get back out there & do it again.

Posted by: Mitch at August 29, 2004 03:30 PM

this goes to show that the 'terrorists' hare winning...they have successfully elimintated america, not in some bloody chemical panic mess as we are trained to expect, but by subtley taking away our basic interior foundations dealing with the way we treat each other and our basic rights. The weapons of mass destruction were not big metal bombs in faraway iraq but an invisible one full of microscopic rights, trust, morals sucking germs spreading right here, designed to finally bring in an era of total disparity under surveillance. Once again, leaders are too focused on what's material and visible to the eye and fail to read into the spirtitual/humanitarian loss.

Way to GO Bush, you were just a little off, maybe yoiu should have read what jesus said instead of posing for photos with him. Are we now a third world country?

Posted by: Civilian #9837 at August 29, 2004 03:44 PM

Thanks for writing about this. Incredible. Don't the police have more important things to worry about?

Posted by: joe s at August 29, 2004 03:48 PM

Just saw the latest of your fascinating pages.
I feel for all involved; you were in the wrong place at the right time. Keep up the great work.

I could not help but noticing that your summons has a zip code of 11217 - my old stomping ground from 1940 to 1958.
Now know as Boerum Hill. I always think of it as my Brooklyn roots. As a kid, I lived at 187 Bond, 439 Pacific, and 156 Dean Streets until I got married and moved "upscale" to Clinton Hill in 1958.

Long Live Brooklyn

PS, Just where is Satan's? Not 666 5th ave, Manhattan.

Don M

Posted by: donald morin at August 29, 2004 04:37 PM

Mike -- I'm most sorry you got arrested after exercising your right to peaceful protest and/or the documentation of same. Mitch -- Critical Mass is not, and never has been, about getting arrested. This whole affair only serves to make the NYPD look even more idiotic. Imagine if they arrested every driver with a traffic violation!

Posted by: Felix at August 29, 2004 05:17 PM

Thanks for the detailed account. I saw plenty of people being taken away in quick-zips, both in midtown and 2nd Ave/10th street, but this is the only first-hand telling of what happened I've seen so far.

Posted by: Matt at August 29, 2004 05:26 PM

Whoa Mike. I'm glad you survived it. Stay strong dude, and don't stop taking pictures. This isn't anything to do with terrorism, this is typical Republican influenced BS. Any excuse to crack down on personal freedom, and they'll use it - the internet community is behind you, and these days, that means an awful lot.

Linked on my blog, obviously.

Posted by: Natali at August 29, 2004 05:33 PM

I'm surprised that US residents like you aren't seeking political asylum in well-established modern, western democracies like Norway and Canada by the masses. You sure can't be living in one.

Posted by: Arve at August 29, 2004 05:59 PM

dude. cops suck.

Posted by: 990000 at August 29, 2004 06:31 PM

If anyone in the United States should come to Ireland seeking political assylum, I'll vouch for you.

Posted by: this is diopter at August 29, 2004 06:32 PM

how fucking infuriating.
you rock, Mike.

Posted by: rion at August 29, 2004 06:46 PM

Mike, Sue the hell out of them all! Un-real...Also Vote for Kerry!

Posted by: chris at August 29, 2004 06:56 PM

Very depressing. Sorry to hear this. Bloomberg is a sick freak with a daddy complex.

F Him.

Posted by: rudayday at August 29, 2004 07:04 PM

Hey Mike, were you riding with CMass, or simply photographing? I'm not clear on that. Neither one is any excuse for arrest, but just looking for clarification.


Posted by: ~bc at August 29, 2004 08:19 PM

Mike 5 of my friends got arrested today, heh I feel look hiding because many more of them are gonna get locked up, but fuck that I'm gonna go to every single protest!

Posted by: Sean at August 29, 2004 08:22 PM

Mitch: the "limited number of officers" had to stick around until we were fully processed, wasting much more of their time. That's not an explanation for why they didn't just write us tickets. Taking 30 hours for hundreds of cops to process 250 people is hard to describe as other than incompetence or intentionally trying to teach us a lesson.

~bc: I'm intentionally being vague about my role at the scene while my case is pending. I will, however, say that the police confiscated my bike on Friday evening.

Posted by: Mike at August 29, 2004 09:08 PM

big ups to mike -- sorry this happened to you! the group of riders i was with got split and attacked a few times before the eventual siege at st. marks church. also, about 80 bikers were arrested today during the ufpj march. all for bloomberg's ego and bush's photo op....

Posted by: anodyne at August 29, 2004 09:13 PM

excellent - it's guilt by proximity! lock the doors and stay inside, we'll save you from those evil doers standing on sidewalks taking pictures of deviant bike riders preventing Real Americans from driving their urban assualt vehicles at maximum speed.

Posted by: jon at August 29, 2004 09:25 PM

Thanks for documenting this event! I'm looking forward to the time when you'll be able to post (or get a book deal - I'll buy one!) more of your spectacular images! Cheers to you and all other NYC photoblogers! Cheers!

Posted by: randombanner at August 29, 2004 09:47 PM

It's SOO good to know that our trained finest spent so much time arresting your group. They probably only felt they could waste this time since Tom Ridge inspected our security and said, "Yeup, that'll do 'er."

Seriously, this is how our tax dollars were being spent, on such harassment?

God bless, er, help America.

Posted by: Frank at August 29, 2004 09:50 PM

Hi -- we put a link to this page on the Reclaiming Quarterly website -- www.reclaimingquarterly.org/web/rnc

Posted by: George Franklin at August 29, 2004 09:57 PM

If people received cehemical burns while interred, a lawsuit against the city is rather in order.

Posted by: Jim at August 29, 2004 10:32 PM

Cry Me A River

Posted by: Tom at August 29, 2004 10:38 PM

stick. stones. etc etc - but Mitch, dude, you are a humongous douchebag.

going out in public to voice your fucking opinion shouldn't land you in jail and kill 30 hours of one's life.

chalk one up for our "finest" being the most "fine" example of how power-tripping men in blue, and that shithead mayor of yours, can and will abuse their power.

sure, there should be rules for protesting but those consequences are utterly assinine.

I can't wait till November.

Posted by: jro at August 29, 2004 11:58 PM

I linked to this.

That's infuriating. :( Glad you're ok tho.

Posted by: zarq at August 30, 2004 01:51 AM

Glad to hear you survived.

Every damned day this country becomes a little more like that other country back in the 1930's...

I had some fun heckling RNC goers around Times Square tonight. I hope those motherfuckers are starting to realize that they are about as welcome here as they are in Bagdad.

If there is one great thing that can be said, it is that after a few years of NYC becoming a very watered down boring town, we've got that in your face, fuck fucking you you fucking fuck attitude back.

Fuck everyone, and good fucking night, motherfuckers.

Posted by: Control at August 30, 2004 02:08 AM

It seems to me that all of the arrests are being made based on media attention. Meaning, if the group or person is the focus of media attention *SWOOP* you're out of there. That's what seems to have happened here with Critical Mass and with the guy who ha dhis bike setup to spray chalk messages on the sidewalk.

I don't think any of this is good. Arresting people without asking them to disperse? Bullshit. Arresting the guy with the chalk bike? Bullshit too.

But at the same time I think the larger message of this is if you are going to protest. If you are going to do something. Just do it. The Critical Mass thing not as much. But the Bikes-Against-Bush guy? As much as I admire his technical accumen, he should have just been doing what he was doing instead of yapping endlessly to bloggers and TV outlets and all that stuff.

Glad people were released. But I hope none of this gets worse.

Posted by: Jack at August 30, 2004 03:28 AM

I heard about this attrocity from my friend which i am currently buying a bike from. He was one of the unlucky ones arrested that day. I think that this is another example of how screwed up this adimistratiom we have is. Bush has caused more harm than good by passing the "Patriot Act". This is disgusting to know now that Americans can no longer freely ride their bikes in public anymore. I fear that happenings like these will grow even worse if we elect this dumbass Bush for another 4 years. The terrorist sure secceded in destroying America. Not by blowing up a city, but by destroying the confidence each American held in each other. We are now all potential terrorists. So watch out you Bike rider, skate boarder, or pedestrian walking your dog. You could all be the next Osama. I hope we learn from this and elect someone who is not a complete moron. Thank you very much.
-Arian N. Chamasmany

Posted by: Arian at August 30, 2004 03:30 AM

This is the first time I've heard of Critical Mass attracting mass arrests. Until Farenheit 9/11 Australians didn't even know there were protests at Bush's inauguration.Good to know what's truly going on over there. And btw this page is getting linked all over LJ. I'll be linking to it on my http://iam.bmezine.com page.

Posted by: Maenad at August 30, 2004 03:47 AM

Wow, thats something to wonder about, how one individual is able to restrict the freedoms of so many others, Im sorry so many people had to undergo such haphazard incarseration for no reason. My sympathies go out to all who were wrongfully held, Never lose hope...and always get even

Posted by: Bikram at August 30, 2004 04:01 AM

Wow, this really sucks, i feel for all involved, mike you rock im sorry for what you went through, and by the way arian is right, go arian!

Posted by: Ivana at August 30, 2004 04:10 AM

Where is it written that a cyclist is breaking the law, the saying "same roads same rules same rights" means something, as cyclists no matter what medium we ride, whether it is downhill like my self or road like those in NYC we must anti up and fight, I am content with every battle i've ever fought and when push comes to shove with my passion cycling no one can stop me from riding, to all in New York your the shit lets join together and show the authories that we are a group like any other and as a group we have one voice,

Posted by: Alex MacDonald at August 30, 2004 05:03 AM

If "Critical Mass" is something that happens every month why the big hoopla all of a sudden & the finger pointing that it was a direct RNC protest. Maybe it was just a convient excuse to use to stop something they police had no other reason to have a problem with.

Mike-great job on the blog!

Posted by: Cheryl at August 30, 2004 08:18 AM

sounds very 1984 / orwellian to me. ugh. sorry to hear what you've had to go through. it really enrages me to think that some well intentioned people who've read in the press/seen on tv reports about these arrests might be discouraged from participating in future protests for fear of being locked up in jail. truly shameful.

Posted by: girlwithamoviecamera at August 30, 2004 08:35 AM

Ha ha!

Posted by: Bill at August 30, 2004 09:34 AM

I would see a doctor about those chemical burns.

Posted by: N at August 30, 2004 09:55 AM

"It shouldn't surprise you at all that they didn't ticket you on the spot. Logistically, it's just not possible for a limited number of officers to spend a few hours writing out your citation."

Yeah it's much easier for the police to round them up like cattle and treat them like terrorists instead of properly doing their job.We must all think of the efficiency needed to harass as many people as possible in the shortest period of time.

You also seem to have missed the most important point here. He didn't do anything wrong yet he was treated like a Muslim in Abu Ghraib instead of a US citizen taking a perfectly legal bike ride. What probably got him in trouble was trying to document the farce. But living under rampant fascism in Amerika will get easier and easier as our freedom and liberty continues to be eroded.

Kudos to all those who are taking on GWB head to head by protesting this week. I wish I could be there with you. The people who truly understand freedom and liberty and the inherent costs to keep it that way are with you!

Posted by: Paul at August 30, 2004 10:19 AM

I am an avid urban biker. I am a member of TA. But the Critical Mass ride this past week - I knew there were going to be problems. Last month at the end of the ride, the bikers were basically congregating on 14th Street near Broadway for no apparent reason other than to block traffic. I asked some of them why they were just standing in the street and they had no explanation and they were all like "who are you?" -- practically ready to fight. Give me a break. As far as I am concerned, this group brought it upon itself. While I am sure there were some people arrested that were merely caught up in the fray, the vast majority got what they desserved.

Posted by: Kyle at August 30, 2004 10:28 AM

I'm sorry that happened to you - what complete and utter bullshit. Power trip indeed...I hope this conference promises the end of Bloomberg's reign come next election.

Posted by: erikka at August 30, 2004 10:37 AM

"Thirty hours of my life are gone ... I still feel phantom handcuffs on my wrists"

What a whiny snively little poo-butt.

Posted by: philip blevens at August 30, 2004 12:15 PM

You're lucky you got bologna...in Philly they will give you cheese sandwiches. Try bowling with those....

Posted by: Robin at August 30, 2004 12:46 PM

Blocking streets for a time may be okay once a month under other circumstances, but during a major event for which security is vital it is unacceptable. The cops were right to clear the obstruction.

Posted by: Dan at August 30, 2004 12:50 PM

Sorry that you were not accommodated during your arrest. I'm sure the next time they will make sure they process you in the timely manner which would fit your lifestyle. Do you think most of these cops want to waste their time arresting protestors and sitting around processing them? Unfortunately maybe some people were in the wrong place at the wrong time, but in those situations ist hard to tell, and people get arrested. And where do you get off comparing phantom handcuffs to amputees feeling missing limbs? It makes me sick. I am sorry you got arrested, but I'm sure going in you knew there was a chance that something like that would happen.

Posted by: Jeff at August 30, 2004 12:57 PM

Thank GodAllahBuddah&Stars I live in San Francisco. This will *never* happen under Gavin Newsom's tenure.

Posted by: Pam at August 30, 2004 01:04 PM

I'm surprised that there's any backlash to this post. I rode Friday too. Everyone on the route was totally supportive. I saw no traffic or emergency vehicles being blocked. Even if there was, it's unconscionable that these folks would be treated the way they were. Sleeping on concrete w/ diesel fuel!? Thirty hours!? This is OK w/ you for a traffic violation?? Think about it, a protest isn't about wanting to get arrested. It's about exposing an injustice. Their treatment was seriously out of line.

Posted by: tim at August 30, 2004 01:33 PM

i can't believe that there were more arrests at critical mass than at yesterday's march...

Posted by: cz at August 30, 2004 01:35 PM

way to go! you really put them in their place.

Posted by: BIll Gates at August 30, 2004 01:44 PM

You wait "in" line, not "on" line.

Posted by: William Patton at August 30, 2004 01:46 PM

Thanks for sharing the experience. Otherwise I would have never believe this kind of random arrest without a reason could still happen today.

Posted by: Yi at August 30, 2004 01:50 PM

I completely sympathize w/you and the rest of the detainees held so brutally and therefore illegally. This is just a sample of what we can expect from the Bush regime if and when they manage to steal the election again. They have been using their dirty bag of tricks and will probably accelerate as election day draws near. I only pray that Bush supporters wise up to the fact that this can happen to them as well. Once basic rights are taken away it affects all

Posted by: Gloria at August 30, 2004 02:21 PM

Same thing happened at the DNC in LA during the Gore campaign/the city paid the cyclists 3 million dollars. Might as well take 'em to court and think of it as a giant tax refund!

Posted by: A at August 30, 2004 02:45 PM

Read this:

National Lawyers Guild response...

Posted by: tim at August 30, 2004 02:47 PM

Don't know why the arrests came as a surprise to anyone. The New York Times wrote about the police cracking down on the bikers.

"That ride [Critical Mass], and others that could involve large groups of bicyclists, drew a terse warning yesterday from senior police officials, who said in a news release that they would be "stepping up enforcement actions against bicyclists who block traffic, ignore traffic signals and otherwise violate traffic laws."

Posted by: a at August 30, 2004 03:12 PM

In New York, we wait "on" line. You may have your own regional dialect, and that's OK.

Posted by: Mike at August 30, 2004 03:43 PM

What a nightmare! Nice website and great photos, but jesus, being locked up for 30 hours for nothing is asinine.

FWIW, blacking out your contact info is somewhat silly considering a simple WHOIS on satanslaundromat.com brings up your name and address.

Posted by: Someone at August 30, 2004 04:11 PM

I very highly doubt that President Bush had anything to do with a bunch of protestors getting taken to jail... the same thing would have happened if Kerry were president, except you'd be paying much higher taxes for the privledge. If you're involved/ around a group causing trouble the police have every right to pick you up. There was no violation of civil rights here (other than the chemical burn stuff....they should have provided for the citizens safety better than that), there were significant traffic problems and people causing problems for the police left and right. This is not civil rights. You're not being oppressed. Get out of your inferiority complexes and into the real world, and no college doesn't count.

Posted by: Cody at August 30, 2004 04:17 PM

America is at the crossroads. The Republican spin machine and successful attacks on any attempt at intelligent debate must be brought to question, must be reviewed. Intelligence is a far more integral part of democracy than rhetoric and fear mongering. Congratulation to you and others on the streets of New York. While our elections are being called in Australia, many here watch with bated breath. Good on ya.

Posted by: Seamoremonster at August 30, 2004 04:33 PM

Cody - last time I checked, Bush was the President. President's tend to be responsible for things like the Patriot act, and orders from above to crack down on "troublemakers".

The same thing wouldn't be happening if...no, sorry, when Kerry gets elected, because he wouldn't hold a Democratic convention in the middle of a city that hates him, capitalise on a horrific accident that occurred because he was too lazy to attend to National Security, and he certainly won't inspire such rapid disgust from the mass majority of the world.

Get a clue, and stop thinking that the average person is below you, you jackass. I wonder which way you'll be voting this November.

Posted by: Natali at August 30, 2004 05:35 PM

Maybe you shouldn't have blocked traffic with your bicycle.

Posted by: Reek Stankleberry at August 30, 2004 05:38 PM

reek stankleberry,
bicycles ARE traffic. sorry to disappoint.

Posted by: antitext at August 30, 2004 06:24 PM

Hye Reek, I got a Clue I'd like to sell you...

Posted by: Control at August 30, 2004 06:47 PM

I happened upon the Critical Mass ride in the East Village Friday night. I've never seen bicyclists riding so safely and legally in New York.

Yhe idea of going to jail over a traffic ticket, because the of the political point you were making while driving should scare us all. What happens next? The cops start pulling over all of the cars who have bumper stickers that support on candidiate or the other? Or they throw you in jail if you J-Walk while wearing a tee-shirt endorsing a particular political viewpoint? The critical mass ride is no different from any of these, it's just that there are more people involved so it gets more attention.

One may like our slow drift into a police state as long as he likes the police.... but what happens when the police turn on him? (Ie., Pig Farm.)

Posted by: Andy at August 30, 2004 07:06 PM

I'd just like to thank all the protesters for doing their part to get Bush re-elected. I really appreciate it.

Posted by: Mike Bloomberg at August 30, 2004 09:09 PM

"On Friday they suddenly decided to start making arrests without warning, penning people in and arresting entire blocks' worth of people, including hapless tourists and people getting off work who just happened to be in the area watching"

You're kidding? They arrested passers-by who had nothing to do with it? You sure about that? If I were one of them, I would be sueing the CRAP out of the NYPD for false arrest, illegal detainment, and damages for giving me an unwarranted police record which would effect my entire future. That's just utter bullshit.

Posted by: demonsurfer at August 30, 2004 10:09 PM

Hang on, I just re-read your post. You weren't even part of the protest? Just watching from the side of the road and you took a couple of pictures? WTF! Your arrest notice says PL 240.20, which is disorderly conduct. What the..? Get a lawyer mate.

Posted by: demonsurfer at August 30, 2004 10:18 PM

never mind, just saw this comment:

I'm intentionally being vague about my role at the scene while my case is pending. I will, however, say that the police confiscated my bike on Friday evening.
..enuff said.

Posted by: demonsurfer at August 30, 2004 10:27 PM

Hey Mike, today I went to the unauthorized/illegal protest that started at the U.N. and went all over midtown and ended at MSG you can see me on any news channel covering the poor peoples protest I think it was called, I'm in the front marching next to some nice people in wheelchairs that gave me memory cards to use when I ran out!! I'm 15, was wearing White-T Blue Jeans,and a black northface bag, and I have long hair. I saw myself on MNN, but anyway it was extremely peaceful till the end when the police made arrests for civil disobedience and shit, I got away into the press crowd and tryed to snap pics but I was bumped so much it was pointless, it got very hectic so I just helped outthis guy in a wheelchair and escorted him to safety then got my ass on the A back down to chambers st, anyways these protests are gonna get more violent everday especially the A31 protests

Posted by: Sean at August 31, 2004 12:27 AM

I was arrested with the Critical Mass ride in Los Angeles during the DNC 2000. It was shockingly similar circumstances. Change the scale/size of ride & arrests, and it's nearly exact. Full police cooperation, then a sudden change to harsh control and arrest. We were subjected to some outside problems by the LASO, which did result in a pair of class-action lawsuits. The LASO action was settled, as was the LAPD. It took 4 years, and some serious legal bravado on the part of the lawyers(the gov't can burn legal hours like you wouldn't believe, and the out sourced private firms are happy to bill), but good luck to you in the post-event time. I can't fully explain, but if you're like me, you'll find this went from an afternoon bike ride in the city to a major life event. Stand up for what you believe. Don't let any sarcastic voice on the internet cause you to doubt what happened was wrong. There isn't anything I can say that will really help. It won't be easy. The worst part is over. Good luck.

Posted by: LA Rider at August 31, 2004 12:37 AM

Toughen up, guys. You need to have the courage of your convictions. Don't wimp out just because things get a little greasy.

Posted by: Garson Kanin at August 31, 2004 12:42 AM

And in LA we got the bolonga too. "Lof" I believe it was labled. And Fruit Drink which "contained no actual fruit juice" as it was labeled. I'm glad I can laugh about it now. :)

Posted by: LA Rider at August 31, 2004 12:46 AM

hey mike,
i went through the same processes as you did, in fact i think i was in a (33 perp capacity) holding cell right across from you.
thanks for writing about how it was.
i just wanted to add a couple of things i witnessed that i couldn't believe... the amount of passer-by arrests that i met, there were 5 i counted just in my cell alone. they included a grocery shopper (they took his kelbasi), a delivery guy and a guy coming home from work in nice clothes. also the 2 teenagers arrested. all of whom were denied a phone call for 14 hours!
the sludge floor wsn't cleaned and there was an obvious choice of not putting phones in a 16 hour holding cell but im glad they put enought thought in putting up the "don't touch the razor wire " signs.
i didn't know until hour 27 that i was charged with resisting arrest aswell as the jay-walking charge(?) but the funny (illegal) part of that is, im being charged by my appointed "arresting officer" who wasn't there until an hour after being arrested.
anyway thanks again for writing it out... please keep up the good work and information. if you have a mailing list id love to be on it.

Posted by: bright middle fingers shirt at August 31, 2004 02:17 AM

and anyone defending cops, asking 'do you really think cops want to sit around wasting time in arresting proyetors and processing them?...' (jeff aug 30 post)

what time are they wasting? theyre making double overtime picking there noses and bullying, gloating and laughing when denying even the basics of human rights.

most the cops i encountered really enjoyed knowing my handcuffs were incorrectly put on and turning my hand blue.

shit. i imagine its hard not to get excited and enjoy bullying when you have that power and comradship for a long period of time.

most cops really need to step back and look at the big picture. they're engrossed in a life of 'us vs. them' that empowers them to think they're right at all times. its really disgusting.

Posted by: bright middle fingers shirt at August 31, 2004 02:39 AM

The cops are the tyrants most eager servants, one of several crucial institutions to make the tyranny work. This is not a case of bush vs kerry. It is freedom vs tyranny, and the tyranny will remain no matter who wins.

Posted by: Shadowwalker at August 31, 2004 04:11 AM

Sorry to hear about your ordeal; thanks for blogging about it (great photos too!)

Posted by: Anders at August 31, 2004 08:32 AM

Civil disobedience is a great American heritage. For those of you with selective memories free speech and assembly are protected by the US Constitution. I guess all the neo-fascists who claim they are conservative Republicans have completely forgotten about the Boston Tea Party, the '68 DNC, and Kent State.


Posted by: Paul at August 31, 2004 09:15 AM

Civil disobedience is fine but when you put police in danger that's stupid. IMO, I'd prefer to see the cops busting open some skulls.

Posted by: Bill Gates at August 31, 2004 09:28 AM

WTG and keep up the protests! I shudder to think how America would be in a few decades if people like you are made to shut up...

Posted by: Kay at August 31, 2004 12:20 PM

I'm a big fan of your site and your photography, but as someone who watched the cyclists show no regard for pedestrians trying to cross Madison Ave at 42nd St that night, just speeding down the hill and almost hitting a few of them, I don't feel bad for anyone who got arrested.

Posted by: Matt at August 31, 2004 12:47 PM

I hae nothing terribly coherent to say, except jesus christ I can't believe you got arrested for taking pictures of a protest. It seems like the RNC and Bloomberg are an unholy combination making NYC unlivable right now.

Posted by: julia at August 31, 2004 01:14 PM

You loser, you got what you asked for. Next time ride your bike in the countryside.

Posted by: Mike Hunt at August 31, 2004 03:28 PM

This totally sucks, man. Thanks for posting the full account. Also, please let us know when the court appearance is - there's power in numbers. Oh, wait, "critical mass" might get us arrested, right? Whatever, we'll still be there in droves.

Posted by: Chiba (SubText) at August 31, 2004 03:39 PM

The right-wing comment-baiters are funny.

Thanks for the views, and best of luck to you. I did my share of civil disobedience in my time - proudly so - and getting arrested, even with the full intention of "disturbing the peace" and being "disorderly," is a sobering experience. I am proud of my history of protests, and I hope you are too.

In terms of what the police can do if they want to, the only time I was ever arrested doing C.D. in New York was in 1979 in a protest (peaceful) at the Stock Exchange. When they did their sweep they picked up about 350 people in an hour or so, in the early evening. A precious few who had annoyed the cops in one way or another - running at the horses was a big thing, something my affinity group chose not to support - spent the night in the Tombs; the bulk of us were arraigned immediately and made our mass appearance at Night Court, where my judge dismissed charges on the spot, made a small speech about having hope for the future of our nation, and rebuked the police for wasting his time bringing us in: "I've got criminals here," he said. We were done by 10 p.m.

The instruction to get us out of the system came from the Mayor, or so we believed.

Best to you. Here's hoping your settlement from the City is properly ample.

Posted by: Linus at August 31, 2004 04:02 PM

That sucks! I hope something is done to right this injustice. I can't imagine how I'd feel is something like that happened to me.

Posted by: Jon J at September 1, 2004 08:10 AM

Silly people. If you opened your minds and shut your mouths you would realize that George W. Bush is the only choice this year. The Republican party has been tirelessly working for 140 years to extend opportunity and civil rights to all Americans and foster freedom throughout the world. We lubya dubya! Four more years! Send Kerry to jail for war crimes in Vietnam and lying to Congress!

Posted by: Nate at September 1, 2004 09:23 AM

I'll bet at least 75% of the protesters don't do any other type of volunteer work to better their community and help people. But boy, they are sure ready to use their time to demonnstrate. Put your time and effort to better use and HELP somebody. All professional politicians are full of it, it's up to each of us to make the system work by doing something CONSTRUCTIVE with our lives...put up or shut up.

Posted by: John at September 1, 2004 09:23 AM

Don't let them stop you from taking pictures! Keep snapping them! Document the injustice! Keep up the good work.


Posted by: Odd Todd 88 at September 1, 2004 01:11 PM

Right on Mike, everything you say is true, as I was there with you (i was nabbed coming home from work - i live at 2nd ave and 7th st. and got caught in the blockade at 2nd and 9th - and spent 34 hrs in jail getting released sunday morning at 6:30 am still in my work clothes from my long day at work on friday, my crime: riding a bike). And while i certainly looked out of place, I did not feel out of place because of the strong sense of solidarity that emerged as we realized how our civil liberties meant nothing deep in the belly of the beast. I am still pissed as my thumb continues to be numb from the cuffs and the fact that my bike is gone for at least the next 3 weeks. Fuck You Bloomburg!! it is also quite possible that this could cost the city some money that they do not have. How do we combat these illegal tactics employed by the police?

Posted by: Randall at September 1, 2004 02:20 PM

The City of New York has a great font.

Posted by: loudly at September 1, 2004 03:27 PM

land of the free? your country is seriously messed up, you all need to change your leadership as soon as you can before you have to live like this forever. good luck mike.

Posted by: julian at September 1, 2004 04:28 PM

cool account.

we must have been in the same cell tossing pennies.

Read My Account at


Posted by: xris at September 1, 2004 05:18 PM

Mike - Despite my agreement with the political leanings and ideals of the majority of posters here, I think you need to consider things more realistically. I'm sorry for your arrest, but it sounds like you're not letting on to the whole story. Likewise, your time in jail seems about right - even smalltown jails will hold you for a ridiculous number of hours (been there), and considering the current conditions in the city, it's not surprising. Finally, these are the hazards of journalism. Photogs in warzones get killed, cameramen at football games get hit, and bloggers in the middle of protests get arrested. I admire the courage and conviction of those willing to stand up and fight for what they believe in, but you assume certain risks if you choose to join the party, and the residents of this city were well informed ahead of time regarding security and the unforgiving police presence. Civil liberties and civil unrest are two different things. Good luck with the case, it's an informative story.

Posted by: john at September 1, 2004 05:20 PM

This is all well and good, but the big question is: Why such little shorts, Mike?

Posted by: Malcolm at September 1, 2004 06:27 PM

Malcolm, the gentlemen pictured are not me. I was behind the camera.

Posted by: Mike at September 1, 2004 06:29 PM

I think you got what you were looking for. Good read though.

I just hope there wasn't a real crime going on when the cops were wasting there time with you guz's...

Get a life!!! Poor hands :-(((

Posted by: Steve at September 1, 2004 06:54 PM

Glad to see you get arrested . Big up to the NYPD for doing a great job and throwing you cry babies in the slammer for a day or 2 . Man i wish they would have thrown you guys in rikers . Hopefully you learned your lesson , or are you stupid enough to go out and do it again .

Also , I hope you need a NYPD officer in the future . And they laugh at your sorry ass . Damn cry baby . Chemical burns ... hahahhaha All your little whining baby screaming photos , but no pics of your horrible chemical burns . hahaha

You people are a disgrace to NYC . I hate haiving to share this great city with you babies .


Posted by: jzak at September 1, 2004 07:08 PM

that joke was issued a summons dont believe what he said that was dat apperence tickets it in leu of spending 48 hrs in jail u liberal liars

Posted by: john at September 1, 2004 09:50 PM

Boo Hoo, I feel soooo bad for you.

Guess what buddy, you were taking part in a critical mass bike protest where everyone was breaking the law. You went to jail. If this is somehow a shock to you you must be quite stupid. The police dragged there feet to keep idiots from going back out there and continuing to disrupt things. Good for them. This way they may only arrest some of you yahoos twice instead of 4 times this week. If you break the law and get arrested it SHOULD be a pain in the ass. You know to discourage people from doing it again. Walk or ride down a predetermined apprived protest route, eat your non-GM granola sing your little third grade chants like a good hippie and you won't get arrested. Start talking shit to the cops and you get a night on the diesel floor. They think your a pain in the ass already.

If this was Russia or China, I don't think you would be out of jail in 30 hours and posting it on the web. If this was a muslim theocracy you would be dead. Much like the real protesting HEROs in Iran today.

This is still a democracy and the republicans have every right to hold there convention. The fact that a bunch of sick little shits want to deny them this right means that these people do not believe in democracy.

Thank god we do not live in a country where you are only allowed to think one way. Maybe that describes New York City but not the rest of the country.

Posted by: flyover country at September 2, 2004 09:07 AM

I'm sorry but saying "you were at the wrong place at the wrong time" and got arrested doesn't sound very democratic to me. and I don't see how comparing US to another communist countries prove the point either. Even if it wasn't for the chemical burns.

Posted by: patty at September 2, 2004 01:46 PM

Hey Mike Thanks for letting us know. And on the Heels of Arnold's speech where he said the Government was accountable to the people (that was one way you knew you were a republican LOL). It sure doesn't look like it to me. Keep up the good work and keep the pictures comin. I will be adding a link to my website. Everyone come take a look at jr.rainbowstop.com/news/index.php and let me know what you think at jackhoneythorne@aol.com.

Posted by: James at September 2, 2004 04:12 PM

Thanks for clearing that up Mike ;)
Have to say, I am more than a little taken aback by the unbridled hostility here. Regardless of your stance on the war, lashing out at a little photoblogger who does nothing more than take nice pictures of all of our neighborhoods seems a little misguided. Shouldn't misinformed venom be saved for the letters page of the Post?

Posted by: Malcolm at September 2, 2004 05:24 PM

flyover country says "If you break the law and get arrested it SHOULD be a pain in the ass."
So are you saying you never jaywalk? Obviously you don't live in Manhattan. And if you do live here, are you saying that you don't eat take-out food because it was probably delivered in an illegal fashion by some poor sop bicyclist routinely running red lights, riding against traffic? (They are a menace to motorists and pedestrians.) We should be imprisoning them all. Or are you saying that it would be okay if he broke the law but didn't get caught?

It's time to worry when the police start enforcing laws on the books INCONSISTANTLY because that allows arbitrary discrimination against any group. Next time it might be yours, however unlikely that may be.

It's also not even clear that Mike broke the law, since he wasn't on his bicycle when he was nabbed, and it's probably very difficult to prove he rode with Critical Mass at all. The New York Times has reported a number of random arrests of passerby, at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Good luck Mike in court. Bloomberg just lost my vote.

Posted by: Mark C. at September 2, 2004 06:29 PM

omigod, the police were mean to you? stop your whining. when you protest, you get arrested. it's part of the plan. it's part of what you do. i've done it before myself.
cops won't write you tix on the spot b/c they're overwhelmed dealing with protesters. that's the idea, of course, is to overwhelm the establishment, but don't complain when you've overwhelmed the local constabulary. you wanted to make a point, right? so you succeeded; quit whining.
FWIW, a protest like that in new orleans would have resulted in lots of scars, not just a few hours in the front room of a city jail.
next time you feel like whining, whine about something you didn't do to yourself. might as well cry about getting a parking ticket, sissy.

Posted by: dr. cliff at September 2, 2004 10:03 PM

hey dr. cliff, wake up. Cops in NOLA would have sat back and laughed their asses off at bunch of bike riding hippies. Wouldn't have done a thing. I know, I lived with one. They tolerate people to an extreme degree. It's only NYPD that has some kind of inferiority complex.

Posted by: Jim Mora at September 2, 2004 11:45 PM

Hey I know how you feel, I was arrested in front of the World Trade Center on tuesday and went through the same ordeal as you did. You are correct about the stalling tactics, they wanted to keep the "troublemakers" off the streets as long as possible. check out my story on the whole ordeal at www.thehollywoodliberal.com

Posted by: H.L. at September 3, 2004 04:34 AM

Michael, Michael , Michael, this is all just soooo wrong yet so typical! We're supposed to be the shining example of a free society for the rest of the world? Puh-leeeeze!

Posted by: mrgrooism at September 3, 2004 11:55 PM

fuck Bloomberg, why do we always have these mayor jerks?

Posted by: lev at September 5, 2004 04:29 AM

You know something's wrong when you're arrested for taking a picture or walking across the road. You know somethings very wrong when people actually support the police arresting random people for no reason.

Well at least you were on TV.

Posted by: Troublemaker at September 5, 2004 07:35 AM

Sickening. Absolutely sickening. And they wonder why I am a card-carrying member of the ACLU.

Posted by: Ophelia at September 5, 2004 03:20 PM

Fight the Power!

Posted by: Ron at September 5, 2004 06:15 PM


I was arrested on Tuesday for walking on the sidewalk with a bunch of people two blocks from Union Square. They had to 'pre-emptively' arrest me to keep me from exercising my constituional rights to grab a sandwich from ABP, meet other young people, and go home to my apartment a few blocks away. Thanks Ashcroft/Bloomberg!


Posted by: Randy at September 6, 2004 02:30 AM

Thanks for the first person account. While there was much published by the mass media about the absurdity of the NYC Republican Convention period, I thought your story rang with a high degree of credibility, as I was already an avid visitor to your site and thus had developed some trust in your artistic vision. Keep us posted on the progress of your case.


Posted by: Mitch at September 6, 2004 06:10 AM

its too bad with your incounter with the police, people have to understand that cops have orders to follow, but it should not have taken 30hours out of your life, where I am from that would not have been allowed, good luck to you!

Posted by: tom at September 6, 2004 01:45 PM

The same thing happened to my friend when we were downtown here in Windsor Ontario Canada last month. He was just using my camera as we were downtown just watching people go by. He saw an arrest taking place on the sidewalk, and just went to take a photo. After he walked away, a cop demanded that he delete the photo. My friend wasn't familiar with my Nikon D70, so the cop took it from him, and not only deleted the 1 photo he took, but formatted the CF card.

Later when my friend asked why the cop did that, the cop denied it, and when my friend just took a photo of him so he could make a complaint, the cop arrested him.

We just got the report back last week from the arrest, and the cop made the whole thing up. Not a word of truth in it. Didn't even mention the camera. Just wrote that my friend was screaming on the widewalk and causing a disturbance.

I hate how cops get away with this. We're making a complaint, but not sure what will come of it. This really needs to stop. Now !

Posted by: Darren at September 6, 2004 03:19 PM

Sorry you got arrested, but just be thankful that you weren't held captive in a school in Beslan, Russia............there's always someone worse off than you.

Posted by: Mick in the UK at September 6, 2004 05:31 PM

Eddie was there.


Posted by: August West at September 7, 2004 10:41 AM

any cop who is just doing his job (and didn't 'create the situation' as one writer here puts it) and takes away my civil liberities in the process is breaking the law. a cop who participates in that kind of random mass arrest is 'creating the situation.' it is NOT the mission of critical mass to get arrested. riding in critical mass is LEGAL. someone above writes '(i) thought you were one of us.' i presume that means you were arrested too? tell us about it... mike, above, says 'i turned to walk away and suddenly i was in cuffs.' then you write, 'Doesn't it stand to reason that you might get ticketed?' and 'you're an adult. you chose this action. it has consequences.' wrong. standing near a gathering of critical mass people should not have consequences. it does NOT stand to reason he might get ticketed. wake up and stop forgiving the slime that you call 'new york's finest.' you sheep.

Posted by: RL at September 7, 2004 10:58 AM

Yes, thanks for sharing. Here's a direct link to my experience being arrested with 300 people on Tuesday night and held for 40 hours.


Posted by: Eddie at September 7, 2004 02:51 PM

WAKE UP AMERICA!!!! You ARE NOT the land of the free or the home of the brave. You are the land of the oppressed and the home of the international bullies for oil. Bye-bye democracy, bye-bye civil rights.

1. a. Government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families.
b. Those making up such a government.
2. A state governed by a few persons.

I'm sorry, Mike, this is the wrong place for this rant, most people on this blog know what a sh*t hole the US has become.

Why on earth is Bush's approval rating still hovering around 50%? Make sure EVERY AMERICAN votes in the upcoming election and get that nut and his cronies out of office!!!!

(Except there's going to be some kind of "terrorism threat" and Bush can hold off elections indefinately.)

Posted by: A nervous Canadian at September 8, 2004 02:46 PM

Blah blah blah. It still beats the shit outta most other countries in the world. Glad you're in Canada...don't believe everything you hear on the news.

Posted by: Bill at September 9, 2004 02:41 PM

thats suck man! I feel bad for u

Posted by: ti at September 13, 2004 09:18 PM

Yes, indeed, "someone" should "pay."


You've heard by now that the RNC leased that pier for the express purpose of detaining protesters during massive "preventative" arrests?

Posted by: rs at September 14, 2004 01:27 AM

this is great.........nnooooooooottt

Posted by: gog at September 14, 2004 10:53 PM

I am a lifelong Conservative Republican. The country I love and the freedom I love does not tolerate what went on in New York. I don't understand how my fellow conservatives can feel otherwise. What if the shoe was on the other foot? Freedom is freedom. There is no way one can say that throwing people in jail with no lawyer and horrible conditions is reasonable, just to take them off the street so an opposing view point can be removed for the duration of a political convention. That's cowardly at best.

I am ashamed. Count me in as a Kerry supporter.

No more Patriot act, no more degradation of civil liberties. Because civil liberties are the anchor of conservatism. This administration is not conservative, they are totalitarian and an affront to freedom and democracy and it disgusts me.

Posted by: kiltman at September 16, 2004 09:24 AM

You are a wuss. If you didn't want to run the risk of getting arrested, you should not have gone there and aggravated the police. I'm sure you quietly went click click with you little camera and that was all it took for the police to break away from what they were doing with the bikers just to arrest poor little you.


Posted by: Bob at September 16, 2004 06:15 PM

you made it through man , you made it!!! but wait,.... you turned to walk away?, i thought you had a bike, and holy shit man 30 hours of your life?. stop comparing your lame experience to that of an amputee. jailhouse games?, if i could spit on you i would. maybe some diesel sludge would have spiced your sandwich up a bit, and what do you expect meat slices to do when they are in contact with a piece of vert metal retard, stop pretending to be a fucking victim. YOUR SMART!

Posted by: sean at September 17, 2004 02:19 AM

The patriot act does destroy civil rights legally. But every person should know that these are "unalienable rights." They exist regardless of law. If a cop spits in your face it aint cuz the law let him. Its because you let him.

All you pro-Kerry bitches are naive as shit. Kerry and Bush are both members of skull and bones- theyre workin for the same people. Hell Kerry was involved in the Iran/Contra coverup as chairman of the Senate investigation commitee. Do some research.

And it dont matter who you vote for cuz the popular vote doesnt elect shit never has and never will. The election is predetermined and the Dem/Rep party(singular). Has a monopoly on the electoral college.

Everyone should do a google search on Hegalianism and Skull and Bones Society aka Order of Death before you start talkin politics.

Now you yankee boys see the folly of givin up your guns.

Posted by: noble savage at October 3, 2004 12:11 AM

"You can't enslave a free-man the worse you can do is kill him."

"Freedom? YEAH RIGHT!!!"

Posted by: noble savage at October 3, 2004 12:14 AM

hey i was wondering who took these pics i used them in a report and i need their name for my works sited page

Posted by: Nicole Crisp at November 8, 2004 01:30 PM


Posted by: BILL at November 29, 2004 11:59 PM

Damn thats got to suck.I don't understand this work today. Everything is for the people and supposively by the people some democrat said. yet the people get arrested for exercising their rights to democracy or proving their loyalty to our amendments.Lifes pretty twisted. Our country says fuck you to normancy now a days anyway
i just sit back and and watch all the protestors get arrested.

-just speakin my mind-

Posted by: Dre G at December 16, 2004 03:46 PM

Video of the ride and arrests

Posted by: FluxRostrum at December 29, 2004 12:39 AM

You should be happy you got out so easily. Big deal you spent a night or two is the slammer. It's good for ya, plus it gave you all this material. You should be thanking Bloomberg.I'm not left or rigth wing. I'm the body of the fucking chicken. At least I got the balls to admit I'm a chicken, and not just it's wings. Wings are for maxi-pads. Pussies!

Posted by: afroadamican at January 24, 2005 11:57 PM

Yo man, good looks for holdin' it down
us newyorkers "should" be more concerned about how the nypd b treaten us, tell people and our new york niggas will understand... fight for yo n.y. rights... "by any means neccessary"!-one,Nas

Posted by: Nasir Jones at January 26, 2005 09:31 AM

Can you say deterrent?
I'll share the road when these whiny motherfuckers can ride their asses along at 52 MPH.
Slower traffic keep right...

Posted by: ovrurshldrbud at January 27, 2005 05:45 PM

I remember when this happened and I didnt understand WHY? Thanks for your story. My bestfriend was arrested on 2/5/05. The police claim that he resisted arrested and that he hurt an officer. In court they charged him endangering and casuing an injuring on this officer who was at the 13th precint and never seeked medical attention at a local hospital as the court claims. The NYPD really needs to be looked at....

Posted by: di at February 14, 2005 04:50 PM

What were you protesting? The war, the president... everything? You went out and committed "civil disobedience" keyword "disobedience" and you are bitching and moaning about getting locked up. If you are going to take a stand then take it like a man. Don't commit the crime and discredit the punishment. And those of you who say you were walking away, give me a damn break. If you rob someone, then wuss out and give them their stuff back, then walk away, you still committed the crime and deserve to be punished. You are lucky you didn't spend 1-2 days in a real central booking with other criminals... they would have eaten you alive with your little sob story. Grow up. Pick a battle and stick to it!!! That's what taking a stand is.

Posted by: whack79 at March 2, 2005 12:20 AM

I am appauled at the land slide rapid degradement of Human Rights in the US of late. Can we say police state??? I think when events such as discribed here can occur then we are really seeing the development of a police state where protests or rallies in opposition to the controlling powers are to be crushed underheel. I say that you all should take heed of what this event represents and what was stolen from you as free humanbeings that night.

There is but one word of advice I can give. SUE!!!! Sue the buggers for every inch of the dignity and human decency that they stole from you all. If there still be justice at all in your nation then you will win. Someone needs to pay for this. Whoever ordered it should be out of a job. Time to Save your country I think. The threat at home seems equally troublesome as those abroad. Good luck and I commend the courage of those who try to make an impact.

Why do they want to supress demonstrations? Has it not been demonstrations that have led to many of the best progressions in your nation? Have they forgotten that freedom also sometimes comes at a cost and that cost is sometimes the disturbance of discontent protest. ... im done... i have too much to say and not enough time to voice it properly. Best wishes to you all. I commend and applaud your actions!

Posted by: Scott at March 23, 2005 12:14 AM

i can only laugh at you fools and the complaints about the conditions of the jail and being cuffed. Ha hahaha

Posted by: steve at April 6, 2005 02:32 PM

Solidarity from a cyclist and occasional Critical Mass rider in London (England). We're not blocking traffic, WE ARE TRAFFIC!

Posted by: JB at April 7, 2005 11:34 AM

you need better pictures and more pictures

Posted by: steven at May 24, 2005 01:41 PM

You wanted to make a statement and you did. The police were told to do their job and they did. Stop crying about it.

Posted by: Damen at May 24, 2005 10:54 PM

Very interesting... The blur is very well and we feel like if you had though all.

Posted by: Camille Bouliere at June 1, 2005 04:45 AM

Critical Mass seems cool but it really is not. In order to protest one needs a permit from the city, of which I highly doubt they aquired. Also, when riders ride en mass like that it becomes very dangerous. Did you stop at red lights? Did you yeild for pedestrians? Did you use hand signals when you made turns? I bet you all did none of those and just pissed off good new yorkers by performing another lame protest. Next time I see it, I am going to cross the street, let you hit me, and sue you all!

Posted by: Baldev Sandhu at June 2, 2005 04:11 PM

quit your pissing and moaning and get on with life

Posted by: daniel at June 4, 2005 03:12 AM

still, what happened to you must have really sucked

Posted by: daniel at June 4, 2005 03:20 AM

I want to sympathize with you and your group. Unfortunately it looks like you were not organized and peaceful. Don't blame Bush, go higher to the U.N. They control the world along with the Federal Reserve run by the World Bank.

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. Buy billboards, TV and newspaper ad space and state your peaceful intentions in advance and do it right. Next time be more respectful of others on the street. The people you want to get to are not your fellow citizens but government high up that does not care.

Posted by: Steve at June 27, 2005 07:45 PM

you don't have to have sympathy for the guy people, but you do have to wake up to the fact that this country is heading at a quickening pace toward a complete police state. if you don't see that, then congratulations- you are officially a part of the problem.

Posted by: dave at August 16, 2005 12:33 AM

Congratulations, you participated in a disruptive activity and got arrested, this is called arrest by association, when you have a mass of 200+ people and a portion of them are being disruptive, arrest happens. From the news article I read this was a ride of 5000+ people, 5% Arrest Rate, I'd say you should be pleased 5 out of every 100 were arrested, these are great statistics for a rally, 95 people to cry, 5 to play the martyr. The charge placed was PL240,20, Disorderly Conduct, you were arrested because you took part in something that became disorderly, if you desire not to get arrested, don't participate in an event where stupid people will screw it up for the rest of you. The conditions ni the jail were deplorable, but then I won't go into that as I care very little for the criminal populace of this country. -- Farewell, Patrick J. Abare II

Posted by: Patrick at September 15, 2005 09:21 AM

one word...DAMN...

Posted by: S. Fox at September 21, 2005 12:20 AM

You lazy sadistic bastard.
this legal system might suck the biggest man cock
ever, but that doesnt give you the right to give exscuses.

Go fart yourself.

Posted by: Biscut Head at November 1, 2005 03:33 PM

why do you throw people in jail if they don't do anything wrong?

Posted by: Kristen Calabaza at November 9, 2005 03:56 PM

why do you throw people in jail if they don't do anything wrong?

Posted by: Kristen Calabaza at November 9, 2005 03:56 PM

You should feel lucky that NYPD got you. I hate you bike-riding retards. I would love to put one (or many) of you freaks underneath my Ford Expedition.

"damn mike, words cannot describe how much I hate the NYPD NOW I thought I hated them before heh, there so ignorant you probally didnt even do anything wrong, sorry for the NYPD being a bunch of fruitcakes in tight uniforms I know how you feel I have been arrested even though I'm 15 :)"

Let's see: "PROBALLY" & "didnt" & "THERE so ignorant..."
Nice job calling the kettle black FUCKTARD!!!

Posted by: Joe Dirt at November 12, 2005 12:36 PM

My father was in an ambulance with chest pains one night, and the ambulance got caught in one of your immature 'fun times' in Manhattan. His chest pains turned into a heart attack while in the ambulance, waiting for all you idiots to ride your bicycles. They would have been to the hospital within ten minutes after they picked him up, but they got caught for over a half hour from the traffic you caused and the subsequent back ups. They had to ride down a sidewalk to another intersection to meet up with a paramedic unit who administered IV medicines and monitors. His condition worsened while in the Ambulance, but fortunately he was under the care of the medics during this most unfortunate and unnecessary delays. He survived, but with much heart damage.

You people are a disgrace.

Posted by: Goomba at November 12, 2005 01:01 PM

Maybe the Police could be doing better things like going after criminals if you bike riding idiots didn't waste their time.

keep fighting the good fight you freaking boneheads

Posted by: IH8Liberalretards at November 12, 2005 01:08 PM

chu going down baby!!!!

Posted by: NYPeeeeeDizzzle at November 12, 2005 01:30 PM

Great, I hope I didn't fuck up these tree-hugin' cum stains message board!
Oh well, you win some, you lose some.

Posted by: Joe Dirt at November 12, 2005 01:38 PM

You got what you deserved ...

Posted by: FlyingPotatoe at November 12, 2005 04:37 PM


Posted by: james at November 21, 2005 08:13 AM

I'm sickened. Both by what the US is becomming, and by the last 7 messages. I'd get a lawyer and sue. Or, at the very least forward a description of your experience the ACLU. Seriously.

Posted by: Mark at November 24, 2005 04:08 PM

I feel ya brother we go thru the same crap here in michigan problem is at night the cops are to scared to step up to a few people doing nothing wrong they get smacked back here also check out this website if you will WWW.172276.COM I am in the process of getting my brother out of jail he has spent almost 25 years behind bars because the judge refused to let his lawer represent him and the transcripts are on the site i built to prove it and yea get a lawer and follow the 14th amendment due process it works wonders here :)good luck

Posted by: kelly at November 26, 2005 07:24 PM

Screw the ACLU...a bunch of America-hating Nazis who do more to destroy the principles upon which this nation was founded than they do actually helping anyone. Uber-liberal wackjobs for sure.

Posted by: James at December 21, 2005 01:20 PM

Where Did The Rights Of Citizens Go
When A Voice Is Arrested As So
I Wondered Were We Ever Free
Or Was It Just A Charade To Please
Why Are Some Heard And Others Told To Silence
Their Words
The Land Once Smelled Of Lavender And Birch
Now It Smells Of So Much Hurt
Would A Word Have Been So Bad To Protect And
Preserve Before It's All Gone And Nothing Is
Left But Just Slug And Dirt
What Would It Hurt To Listen To Those Who
Love The Land We Live In So
Could Freedom And The Constitution Be Alive
When Words Seldom Heard Are Chained And Barred
While Protecting What's Under The Stars
Most Nights You Can Scarcely See A Star Above
You And Me
Pollution Reakes In Every Town Some Day The
World Will Die From What's Upon The Ground
We Won't Breath When There Is No Trees
Why Can't Every One See What's Happening To You
And Me
Were The Police Right In Arrests As Such To Those
Who Loved The Land As Much
I Wonder What Their Badge Stands For When They
Arrest From Shore To Shore Those Who Only Wish
To See Mountains Full Of Trees And Land We Had
All Hoped To Protect And Remain Free
But Freedom Is Not What I See Through The Eyes
That Fade Of The Writer In Me From The Pollution
That Burns And Scorges From Shore To Shore
A Heart Broken Within My Chest
Racketeering Policemen Upon My Breast When I Too
Had Wished To Say Please Don't Let It All Be
Destroyed That Way
Borrowed From The Children Of The Future One Day
Will They Have Any Thing Left To Say
What A Beautiful Tree, And Rocks To Climb Or
Will They All Smell Of Sewer And Swine
Rhine Brine Crime Slime Lime
Some Day We'll All Be In Heaven And When We Look
Below The World Will Cry Over The Saddness And
Author, Poet Ms. Diana M. Guenther-Legate
5109 N. Illinois, #122
Fairview Heights, IL 62208

Posted by: Ms. KDiana M. Guenther-Legate at December 22, 2005 03:46 PM

Written By Author Ms. Diana M. Guenther-Legate
December 22, 2005//at the Fairview Heights Library

Where Did The Rights Of Citizens Go
When A Voice Is Arrested As So
I Wondered Were We Ever Free
Or Was It Just A Charade To Please
Why Are Some Heard And Others Told To Silence
Their Words
The Land Once Smelled Of Lavender And Birch
Now It Smells Of So Much Hurt
Would A Word Have Been So Bad To Protect And
Preserve Before It's All Gone And Nothing Is
Left But Just Slug And Dirt
What Would It Hurt To Listen To Those Who
Love The Land We Live In So
Could Freedom And The Constitution Be Alive
When Words Seldom Heard Are Chained And Barred
While Protecting What's Under The Stars
Most Nights You Can Scarcely See A Star Above
You And Me
Pollution Reackes In Every Town Some Day The
World Will Die From What's Upon The Ground
We Won't Breath When There Is No Trees
Why Can't Every One See What's Happening To
You And Me
Were The Police Right In Arrests As Such To Those
Who Loved The Land As Much
I Wondered What Their Badge Stands For When They
Arrest From Shore To Shore Those Who Only Wish
To See Mountains Full Of Trees And Land We Had
All Hoped To Protect And Remain Free
But Freedom Is Not What I See Through The Eyes
That Fade Of The Writer In Me From The Pollution
That Burns And Scorges From Shore To Shore
A Heart Broken Within My Chest Tazzer Gunshots
Racketeering Policemen Upon My Breast When I Too
Had Wished To Say Please Don't Let It All Be
Destroyed That Way Left From The Children Of
Borrowed From The Children Of The Future
One Day
Will They Have Any Thing Left To Say
What A Beautiful Tree, And Rocks To Climb Or
Will They All Smell Of Sewer And Swine
Rhine Brine Not Fine Crime Slime Lime No Dime
Only Time Standing Still Like Slug Will Pooled
In Puddles Upon The Grass Nashed
Some Day We'll All Be In Heaven And When We Look
Below The World Will Show Tears Of The Past
That Forever Will Last Crying Over The Saddness
Of Yesterdays Past And How Swine Did Take Away The
Rights Of Those Who Wish To Protect And Please
And Keep Us All Free In Peace And Able To Breath
A Heart Broken In Time Does Not Heal Like The
Heart Of Mine Lost In A World Of Police Brutality
Their Insane Reality With No Morality That Did
Hope To Own Every Thing My Pen Had Sown
But Still I Stand And Say Never Let Them Take
Away What You Love No Matter What That May Be
Whether A Child A Tree A Poem Or A Song You Do
Write For A Fan That Loves Me And Wishes To Be
No Matter What:.../..
Be Heard Till The Last Dying Word It's Your Earth

Read Other Poems Of Mine www.poetry.com
You May Write Comments To The Below Address:
Ms. Diana M. Guenther-Legate
5109 N. Illinois
Fairview Heights, IL 62208
Or: C/O CM Inc.
2935 Indiana Ave.
Granite City, IL 62040
or email me: www.swallowdance2002@yahoo.com

I Love Reading Mail From Those Who Enjoy What I Write And Cherish Every Compliment
Thank You For Being A Fan

Please Do Not Alter My Name(Ms.KDiana M. Guenther-Legate)(Should Read Ms. Diana M. Guenther-Legate) My Correct Name In Any Way
I Pride Myself In My Writing Tallents That Plagarism Steals From Me When Names Are Changed It Keeps Plagarists From Going To Jail That In Illinois Do Carry A Badge And Their Families Too Are Guilty Of Such That Left Me Arrested As You All Went Bust When My Scripts Racketeering RICO
Police Hoped To Steal Aw Shucks No Veal

Posted by: Ms. Diana M. Guenther-Legate at December 22, 2005 04:30 PM

hi! i was in the cell across from yours. we played a ton of ridiculous games, one of which was trying to get the copy of Clamor Magazine from your cell to ours. i'll remember always!

Posted by: Danny at January 19, 2006 07:08 PM

you are all loosing it...

Posted by: nick at February 12, 2006 06:21 PM

Wow. Can someone please tell me what "Critical Mass" is? I live in VT and am apparently, hopelessly out of touch with what is going on elsewhere. I'm sorry you had to go through that experience, but at the same time, you got to spread the word!

Posted by: razmarie at March 6, 2006 03:46 PM

I wonder if NY State classifies bicycles as vehicles under the motor vehicle code and has published regs for them? If so, and you were not breaking any traffic laws, then you were snatched up in a warrantless vehicle stop and search, and your vehicle was confiscated unlawfully. If you can answer yes to all of the above, NYC may have some real liability headaches ahead.

Freedom of speech and expression is a Civil Right, hence, something that is to be practiced everywhere. If it were only intended to be practiced at home behind closed doors it would be called a private priviledge.

Keep up the publicity on this, too. If it were not for courageous people who were not afraid to speak up, the crap that Daly used to pull in Chicago in the late 60's would never have gotten out either.

Posted by: Wayne at March 27, 2006 12:23 AM

great and tragic story- and ultimately history is repeating itself. we are always incarcerated (or worse) when we show up at the wrong time or place. Or if we attach our email to this website (lol..but not really). They (yes, the NYPD are just robots taking orders but they don't think twice about using brutality to intimidate and frighten you about exercising what was once your (our) basic rights...And next time...is this just Act I??

i am very thankful to the NLG at times like these but don't have illusions that our democracy is extrmely fragile post 911-and the US may in fact be masquerading as a democracy when we have long since past that point (Guantanamo, Rendition)
It's all about speaking out-thank you! The things that the NYPD gets away with is hard to fathom..and the fact that it is all approved at higher levels of govt...well we are in serious trouble and i'm still looking for a bright spot on the horizon but there may come a time when we are thankful to have even those bologna sandwiches...Who said NY was a liberal city?

Posted by: harry at April 26, 2006 10:33 PM

police can put someone had pot and beer go jail for sure as police is a very smart true.

Posted by: julie lorraine jackson at April 29, 2006 08:01 PM

and someone fight men too

Posted by: julie lorraine jackson at April 29, 2006 08:08 PM


Posted by: DAVB at May 19, 2006 11:20 PM

Cry fucking baby! Your a bitch..

Posted by: Keith at May 21, 2006 04:50 PM

you got what you deserved...I say throw all troublemakers in jail and dirty up the jail conditions to make time harder for all.....anyone that wants to live in a fess hole like NY deserves slime like the evil Clintons..to hell with you....

Posted by: Bill at August 26, 2006 04:40 PM

I dont care for war at all, but all you people are worried about morality when we are in middle of a global war. You can hide your head in the sands, and pretend it is not happening, but it is guys. That is a fact.
Whether you are for the war or not doesnt matter. Just remember one thing, the next time you are on a bus or subway car, look to the man next to you and wonder if his briefcase is filled with papers from his (pain in the ass)job, or possibly a cannister of something that will destroy everything.
When the time comes, it will probably end up being so chaotic, that our society will crumble, no thanks to my views or yours, but this I do know. Stay alert, live your life, and be prepared.

Posted by: WILLIAM at August 26, 2006 10:38 PM

I agree with everyone who thinks you SHOULDA or COULDA got locked for being there. And something is missing from your story. After watching the video it was obvious that he was resisting arrest. This event interupts an already busy city, blocking EMS, ambulances, pregnant women enroute to the hospital, and so on. If all you cyclers would use a little brain power you could do this event outside the city. Like have a Critical Mas-Stock fest or something in a field.

Posted by: Chaucer at September 14, 2006 02:26 PM

Bikes are traffic. People on bikes pay taxes. Bikes have the right to clog the streets just like cars.

You folks who support the actions of the city - probably live a consumption heavy lifestyle. The people who make cars simply want your money.

Take control of your life, and live in a way that is positive for you, for your health, for your neighbour, for your children, for your neighbours children.

Posted by: Toronto 416 at September 20, 2006 03:10 PM

Sounds like it was all of you on the power trip! You jammed the streets and cost taxpayers money! You're lucky it was just the police that messed with all of you.

Posted by: The King ! at October 30, 2006 11:54 PM

hi! i check your site infrequently just to see the places i traveled around as a kid in the 40's.wwhen looked you up this time i was regaled with a horror story that probably shouldn't have surprised me, but i was astonished that ,with all the crime, someone ordered this fiasco and tied up all the wasted police time let alone those exposed to thecruel indignanty of the arrest!we are helpless to alter the situation, because it is funded by the secret wealth of the corruption we have learned to tolerate and live with ,until it now pervades beyond change in any legitimate and moral methods .many societis have gone along with in the same creeping decay in the name of the law or efficiency etc. only to find themselves ruined and condemned when those same cures were directed at them.

Posted by: bill jones at December 26, 2006 05:10 PM

"I still feel phantom handcuffs on my wrists, the way amputees report feeling phantom limbs."

You're retarded. This is so priveleged and whiny. You are not fit for the rigors of human life on earth except as they can be reduced by rough and ready people keeping your veneer of soft-handed civility intact. I have no pity for you whatsoever.

Posted by: CC at January 28, 2007 05:42 PM

To everyone who has made negative and disparaging remarks to the rider, I feel sorry for you. It seems that the biggest mistake the architects of the constitution made was thinking that everyone would be intelligent enough to understand what they intended. I'm so tired of stupid people who do what they are told all the time and cannot think for themselves. I am sick of ignorance. What happenned to the America where "I will disagree with your words, but fight to the death your right to say them?" I think all police officers, judges, soldiers, elected officials in the USA should be required to burn the American flag when they take their oaths.

Posted by: DAVE Baxter at February 18, 2007 04:05 PM

Don't break the law and you won't have a problem. If you break the law, you deserve what you get.

Posted by: sam at March 25, 2007 06:06 PM

ave satan

Posted by: brais at May 16, 2007 02:20 PM

YoU satanz are all fukn losties u fkn retards

Posted by: steve at July 17, 2007 10:45 PM

So are bicycles un-American? If everyone stopped at the lights, would this be ok?

Posted by: AmericanPhilosopher at August 1, 2007 12:51 AM

I am sick of ignorance. What happenned to the America where "I will disagree with your words, but fight to the death your right to say them?" I think all police officers, judges, soldiers, elected officials in the USA should be required to burn the American flag when they take their oaths.

Posted by: wasek at September 25, 2007 09:25 AM

u guys are doin agraet job keep it rolling none stop

Posted by: emnest at June 21, 2008 02:11 PM

That is so stupiid !

Posted by: Shawwty at November 10, 2010 12:28 PM

Not sorry you got arrested. A summons is in lieu of arrest. Critical Mass is b.s. Buy a car maybe an SUV or country squire station wagon you hippies! Global warming + war = sunshine! Hooray!

Posted by: Wingnut at December 17, 2010 12:02 AM

What free country is this? A man can't even take pictures? What happend to freedom of Speech in this country? Looks like your rights were violated... you should have sued.

Posted by: Anthony at August 29, 2011 04:11 PM