Los Angeles Police Department’s internal affairs unit is investigating the clash after a complaint was filed by cyclists. They claimed that in addition to the incident caught on camera, police put batons through riders’ wheels, drove their patrol cars towards them and threw people who didn’t have lights on their bikes to the ground.
“It’s always important to remember that home video, shot from a distance, from one angle and in the dark, and not at the beginning of the incident, seldom tells the whole story,” said Los Angeles Police Protective League president Paul M Weber in a statement.
The protest in Hollywood Boulevard was sparked by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and involved around 400 people. Ironically, LA officials recently pledged to provide more protection for cyclists.
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