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‘Riding bikes while Black’: Cops under fire after swarming teens over lack of bicycle 'license tags'
Police officers in Perth Amboy, New Jersey are under fire after video clips of them appearing to harass a small group of Black teens who were riding their bikes through town went viral. Perth Amboy has a law requiring a bicycle "license tag" but the teens say they live in Edison, and were just riding home.
At one point six police cars were involved. The officers ordered the teens off the bikes, confiscated at least one, and arrested one teen who was arguing they shouldn't have to give up their bikes.
We can’t even ride bikes now... I’m not surprised. I’m just angry. https://t.co/xcAR8zmnuP— ⁶Kid (@⁶Kid)1618810930.0
Later, at the police station, one officer told the teen he was lucky to get his bike back, asking if he had the purchase receipt for the bike, and if it is registered with them. The officer also says the teens were told "to stay on the sidewalk," but they were also told to stay on the road and ride with traffic. She says they did all this for their safety.
Here’s the explanation from a Perth Amboy police officer: https://t.co/8T48DMEgoA— philip lewis (@philip lewis)1618921255.0
Part of Perth Amboy's extensive bicycle law reads: "An application for a license to own and operate a bicycle shall be made to the Chief of Police in writing upon a form approved by the City Council. Upon approval of an application, the Chief of Police shall provide, at the expense of the city, a proper license tag which shall be attached to the frame of the bicycle in a substantial manner. The removal of such tag, except by proper authority, shall be a violation of this chapter. A license fee of fifty cents ($0.50) shall be charged per year for each bicycle. Such license shall be issued as of the calendar year and shall be effective for such period."
It also bans "fancy riding":
"The rider of a bicycle shall not allow it to proceed in a street by inertia momentum, with his feet removed from the pedals, nor remove both hands from the handlebars while riding the bicycle, nor practice any trick or fancy riding in a street or carry another person upon the bicycle."
Many are outraged:
Riding bikes while black is a crime in Perth Amboy https://t.co/0v6znJ4SkO— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@Duty To Warn 🔉)1618918105.0
This is Perth Amboy, NJ. Are the police really arresting kids over bike registrations? Does it really require this… https://t.co/9fDcKzMJgr— Amol Sinha (@Amol Sinha)1618889114.0
Cops in Perth Amboy, NJ arrest a Black teenager for no reason. They let him go later in the day and gave all the bi… https://t.co/EUCwnbSfZ2— Fifty Shades of Whey (@Fifty Shades of Whey)1618894064.0
Then she says she could be a real asshole and confiscate the other youths' bikes that are not registered. Perth Amb… https://t.co/wrdTr0GrSQ— sahra (@sahra)1618887533.0
I broke this law last summer when I stopped in Perth Amboy's waterfront ice cream shop on my ride back from New Bru… https://t.co/Fro7MGtE88— Brian Hedden (@Brian Hedden)1618922981.0
As COVID-19 vaccines continue to be administered throughout the United States, supporters of former president Donald Trump have reportedly been hesitant to take the vaccine, raising questions about what Trump could have done more to ease people's fears about the jab.
According to POLITICO, Trump's failure to do is causing frustration among some of his former aides and health officials.
"If he spent the last 90 days being the voice — and taking credit because he deserved to for the vaccine — and helping get as many Americans get vaccinated as he could, he would be remembered for that," said a former senior administration official speaking to POLITICO. "Honestly, I think if he was out on the road and celebrating his accomplishments and trying to get people vaccinated he wouldn't have been in the mindset that led to [Capitol riots on] January 6."
But some members of Trump's inner circle, such as Kellyanne Conway, are "bristling at the notion that he has been anything other than engaged in promoting vaccination," Politico reported.
While an effort to get Trump to speak out on the efficacy of vaccines has been ongoing, his focus has been elsewhere -- like ranting about a "rigged" 2020 election. "That wasn't how it was supposed to go, according to a dozen former officials who served in the White House or health-related federal agencies," POLITICO's Joanne Kenen and Meridith McGraw write. "They planned on Trump being the vaccine's salesman-in-chief, viewing it as a natural role for a president who cut his teeth hawking real estate and starring on TV."
Instead, Trump and former First Lady Melania got the jab in secret -- it was so secret that some of his top aides learned about it after he left office.
Read the full report over at POLITICO.
More often than not, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is likely to agree with former President Donald Trump rather than President Joe Biden. But this week, Graham vehemently disagreed with Trump for saying some nice things about Biden's decision to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by September 11 — which will be the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Trump planned to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by May 1 if he was reelected, and in an official statement, the former president criticized Biden for withdrawing four months later than he would have.
"We can and we should get out earlier," Trump said in his statement. "Nineteen years is enough. In fact, far too much and way too long."
Nonetheless, he shared Biden's basic aim. Trump wrote, "Getting out of Afghanistan is a wonderful and positive thing to do."
Trump criticized Biden's date for Afghanistan withdrawal but called it a "wonderful and positive thing to do." Lin… https://t.co/OjBTpKyEVV— Andrew Solender (@Andrew Solender)1618800424.0
Graham, in an official statement of his own, slammed Trump on Monday for agreeing with Biden.
"I could not disagree more with former President Trump regarding his support for President Biden's withdrawal of all forces from Afghanistan against sound military advice," the South Carolina senator wrote. "With all due respect to President Trump, there is nothing 'wonderful' or 'positive' about allowing safe havens and sanctuary for terrorists to reemerge in Afghanistan or see Afghanistan be drawn back into another civil war."
Graham went on to say, "The intelligence regarding withdrawal is ominous for U.S. interests, and no one believes the Taliban can be trusted to police al-Qaeda and ISIS as envisioned by the Trump-Biden plan. We will see if 'General' Biden and General Trump's withdrawal strategy turns out to be sound national security policy."
Graham: "We will see if ‘General’ Biden and ‘General’ Trump’s withdrawal strategy turns out to be sound national security policy."— Andrew Solender (@Andrew Solender)1618800614.0
Unfortunately for Graham, of the three men, all have run for president. And only Biden and Trump were elected to be commander-in-chief of the U.S. military — while the senator from South Carolina never came close.
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