Alex Thompson has done the legwork pulling all the details together on this and has a post up on Westside Bikeside that he’ll be updating as more news comes forth. At this point it seems that a black Hummer with no license plates ran into a group of cyclists in downtown LA on Friday morning around 2am. At least one cyclist was sent to the ER and several others bikes were totaled. The Hummer initially tried to flee the scene only to be stopped near by by LAPD (apparently there was still a bike stuck under the vehicle at this point). According to Alex’s report:
The occupants of the car fled on foot, and though LAPD caught the driver, several of the passengers escaped. Those passengers returned later to threaten the group of cyclists, saying that if they spoke with police, they would return “60 crips deep.”
After a large group of police officers interviewed the witnesses and the suspects they released the driver, who drove off without a ticket. Officer Cho, the officer in charge at the scene then approached the cyclists. He first told the group:
Get everyone together because I don’t want to say this twice. If anyone says anything I’m gonna walk away and I’m not going to talk to you guys. Based on the evidence right now it looks like the cyclist hit the car, not that the car hit the cyclist.
Cyclist then argued with him, pointing out that the driver of the Hummer was dislodging a bicycle from underneath his vehicle when the police pulled him over. Officer Cho then responded, saying “if it had been me with my family in that car, I’d have done the same thing, and I carry a gun in my car.”