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Reining in the police on Columbus Circle

Rich Mintz

Well, this got some attention, didn’t it!

https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2020/02/06/hero-of-the-week-the-cyclist-who-calls-placard-abusing-cops-assholes/

If you’d like to try this yourself, you might want to print these.

Polite version (“this driver is rude“):

Medium-spicy version (“this driver is a jerk“):

Extra-spicy version (“this driver is an asshole“):

Use these at your own risk. You might be arrested, or punched in the face. Please consider one of the choices above instead.

WARNING: TOUCHING POLICE VEHICLES OR PRIVATE VEHICLES IS DANGEROUS. BE CAREFUL.

  • DO NOT PERMANENTLY AFFIX ANYTHING TO A POLICE VEHICLE OR PRIVATELY OWNED VEHICLE, DAMAGE OR MAR A VEHICLE, OR TAKE ANY ACTION THAT MIGHT BE REASONABLY INTERPRETED AS VANDALISM.
  • Our police are hostile and dangerous, as are civilian drivers when their vehicles are approached, touched, photographed, or even looked at. Avoid occupied vehicles. Protect yourself.

It is my (non-professional; I am not a lawyer) opinion that it is legal to touch a police car for this purpose, legal to place a flyer on a police car, and legal to call a police officer an impolite word. It is also my opinion that it is reasonably safe for me to do so, given my appearance. But do not take any risks you are not comfortable with!