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2 Critical Mass Arrests
28 Apr 2001
2 Critical Mass participants were arrested and released last night...pictures and update will be available soon.
Last night's memorable ride began with an unusually slow spin around the Boston Common and up Newbury St. Double parked cars made getting a couch-on-a-bike contraption down the street difficult (but fun). Enroute to Harvard's Living Wage tent city, detouring on the BU Bridge, the contaption broke down on Comm. Ave.... yah, it would have been a good idea to pull onto the sidewalk at that point... but no one thought of it; one rider had to paint a windshield to keep an irrate driver entertained.
The ride entered Hardard Yard but only stayed a minute. A club waved at riders on the way back to Central Square as they headed back to town on Mass. Ave. Around Simphony Hall riders were 'bumped' by a green SUV driving irradically. The SUV tried to pass the group on the left, driving the wrong way down Mass. Ave. Yards before reaching Columbus St. where the ride was to end the SUV attempted to run Toby Briggs off of his bike. He jumped off his bike without injury but the back of his bike was bent beyond repair. In order to file an accident report the riders waited at the scene for police to arrive. As the group attempted to open up the right lane the driver got out of her car and attacked riders. A man driving in the opposite direction then parked his car and 'defended' this woman by also attacking riders. After threatening to run over the whole group and saying "I wish I would've killed him", the woman reentered her SUV.
Briggs had removed his bike from under the SUV to inspect it but now placed it back. The driver (with a young girl in her car) drove over his bike, attempting to hit other riders. The riders reacted by jumping on the SUV in an attempt to stop it. Again the driver got out, this time picking up a bicycle and throwing it onto riders who were observing from the sidewalk. And then the cops came...
Three patrole cars arrived and briefly took statements after which they arrested Briggs. Riders who had called the police themselves asked to give a statement but were denied and were threatened with arrest. As some continued to talk to officers Terry O'Brien a rider on the sidewalk was also arrested. He had been given medical attention after the SUV driver threw a bicycle at him (complicating an unrelated injury). Both Briggs and O'Brien were released last night. Charges are unknown at this time. There will be photographs and a legal update in the next few days.
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