…and as far as I know, jaywalking, taking photographs, or riding without a bicycle license are not among them.
One is when officers are responding to a call with weapons. The other is at an officer’s discretion, based on how cooperative a person is or if they think the situation could turn violent. “Everything is done is to keep it from escalating to the next level,” explained Officer Sam Park, noting that handcuffs can be used in any situation including minor ones like traffic stops and jaywalking. “You never really know who you’re dealing with on the street.”
Alas, one can only hope that our well trained men in blue found these cyclists to be a threat, and weren’t simply abusing their authority and trying to keep anyone from documenting the situation. Or possibly just have it out for cyclists.
The only time I’ve observed a cyclist’s attitude and actions before he was arrested, cuffed and searched (bag included) was during a bicycle ride in the Valley. Officers picked him out of the crowd for earlier blocking an intersection, a method called corking to allow a group to continue to ride through a light, red or green, while blocking cross traffic. He was not acting out of hand, in fact, they snuck up on him from behind as he was standing with his bike at his side and put him in cuffs swiftly…
…I also came upon a cyclists in hand cuffs in Sherman Oaks for not having a light at night. He was cited and released. The big concern here is that 90% of the time, I hear about minor bicycling infractions and handcuffs being used in the same incident.