Social media was in full swing the other day. I became apoplectic with outrage at the Perth Amboy Police Force for confiscating bikes from sweet innocent teenagers. This is what the story would have you believe.
The video which has been viewed over 2 million times on Twitter shows a blue bicycle confiscated by police and also shows a child in an orange hoodie being arrested. Bikes are said not to be registered in Perth Amboy, and the kid taken in handcuffs is heard say, “What the fuck is this? We live in Edison. We live in Edison. What the fuck is it? what are you doing f ** kers? “
Instead of watching this video, how about investing the time and watching THIS video, every 17 minutes.
The police interaction shown in the shorter viral video ignores the fact that this same group of teens had previously been peacefully warned of the way they were driving on the streets and were politely let go with a warning and a respectful request. of the police. be more careful. But that doesn’t fuel outrage or make the videos go viral, does it?
And the point is to watch some key points from this video. At one point, a teenager talking to another talks about how reckless they’ve been in the past, but they were just “chillin ‘.”
Only they weren’t.
They are constantly seen riding in a peloton all over the road, including the wrong side of the street. At one point, several are seen circling dangerously around several moving vehicles. At other locations, they are seen driving in oncoming traffic and pulling away from oncoming cars at the last second only.
What they were doing was dangerous, ignorant and illegal. When the police first attempted to arrest them, they seemed to know the cops wanted to talk to them and they walked through a park to get away. And again, once the first interaction with the cops occurred, the cops were polite, respectful and kind and only gave a warning.
A warning that has been totally ignored.
The person who posted this video on YouTube included the words “This video speaks for itself, all I really have to say is that the cops are abusing their power …”
He’s right about one thing. This video speaks for itself well. And these kids absolutely deserve to have their bikes picked up and, in a perfect world, not to come back.
The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Jeff Deminski. All opinions expressed are those of Jeff Deminski.