This story of cop kills cyclist happened in Canada, but these sorts of occurrences can happen in the U.S. just as easily.
Obviously, riding your bike the wrong way on a one-way street is dangerous. But somehow, I don’t think that killing the guy was the right thing to do. A ticket, maybe. But executing the man seems a little overkill if you ask me.
Witnesses say Quebec City police trying to pull over a bicyclist for going the wrong way down a one-way street ended up hitting him with their car instead, but what allegedly happened next is even worse: People on the street say cops ran the 48-year-old man over again, then pinned him to the ground to finish their arrest as he lay bleeding and dying, the Toronto Sun reports via Gawker. When the police started pursuing Guy Blouin around 1pm yesterday, “he went under the wheels,” one witness tells the Sun, adding that the police then shifted gears and ran Blouin over again.
“For an entire 15 seconds, he was under the tire in a fetal position,” another witness tells Radio-Canada, via CBC News. Police then allegedly pinned Blouin to the ground and told him he was under arrest, even though witnesses say the bicyclist was yelling “I’m hurt!” and spitting up blood; he died a few hours later at a local hospital. Protesters held a vigil last night at an area church. Provincial police are investigating the incident, and witnesses claim that cops also tampered with evidence by removing the bike and the patrol car from the scene.
If this had happened in the U.S., they probably would have added “resisting arrest,” “disorderly conduct,” “damaging city property” and “assaulting a police officer” to their list of charges as he lay dying in the street. Here’s the news report from CBC News:
Hm. The officers involved “called in sick.” If things turn out there as they usually do in the U.S., the “internal investigation” will find out that the officers did nothing wrong. And during the investigation, they’ll be put on paid administrative leave.