VIDEO: LAPD Officer Tickets Cyclist for “Arguing”
VENICE, Calif. (KTLA) — An LAPD officer is under investigation after a YouTube video went viral showing him ticketing a bicyclist with little cause on a Venice Beach bike path.
The cyclist turned on his helmet camera and record the incident. The video was posted after Thanksgiving weekend.
The bicyclist, who identifies himself at 34-year-old Chris Jackson of Venice, tells the motorcycle officer that he is blocking the popular bike-only path.
They argue back and forth for several minutes about how Jackson didn’t break any laws by crossing the path’s dotted yellow line.
Jackson points out other cyclists riding on the wrong side, as well as people who are illegally walking on the bike path.
The officer then issues Jackson a ticket under California Vehicle Code 22350, the Basic Speed Law.
The officer says, “Listen to me, sir. The reason why I’m going to write you for unsafe speed is because you are arguing with me.”
The ticket was eventually dismissed and a spokesman for the LAPD now says the department is conducting a personnel investigation into the officer’s conduct.