A viral video showed the police asking teenagers that they need a cycling permit in town before they take bicycles and arrested a party member.
Initially published on YouTube, the footage reveals the altercation is escalating into a war of speech, with cops finally handcuffing the young black guy and taking him to the stationary.
“We live way in Edison,” the boy exclaims as the cops prepare to take away the bikes. “How are we going to get to Edison?”
“Not my problem,” a female officer says. “Get off the bike, dude.”
Originally published on Saturday, the 17-minute clip starts with cops who tail the party of children of various ages and races.
Officers then turn a few riders around and convince them to halt.
“You guys have licenses,” says the policeman in the clip to the young men, one of whom answers unbelievably: “Four cop cars for bikes?”
The supervisor explained to the riders politely that, when he appears to depart, he just wishes them to be secure.
But a woman cop comes and says that they can’t go “in the middle of the street” before she has even alerted them. The cop argued with the party and kept the rider’s bars, which were then arrested and taken to the precinct.
The officer declares while the kid struggles with police, “Take your bikes.” He sits on the bike and argues with the officers who would bring him in the manguets at long last.
“Your man got a little out of control over there a little bit,” explains a policeman as the kid is cuffed.
The highly modified video concludes with the young man at the police department being freed.
“Technically, if I wanted to be an a–hole, is your bike registered with us? [If not,] I don’t have to give it back to you,” the female cop says to the person taking the video. “If you’re going to all be coming down on the street, stay on the correct side of the road.”
The law of Perth Amboy obliges cyclists to get permits from the town police chief.
An Instagram post claiming to belong to one of the groups insisted that they were comfortably traveling on the right side of the road.
“There was like 2–3 persons on the wrong land but for the most part, we were all on the right lane,” user @blazedzero shared.
“We started getting followed on the corner of Convery Blvd and New Brunswick Ave all the way to the spot where we stopped,” the post shared.
The article claimed the boy arrested “was upset due to us getting pulled over and was speaking out of anger. He was the main one getting targeted.”
“There could be much better handling by the PAPD at the end of the day rather than take our bikes and arrest anyone.”
On Twitter Monday, the photograph of the arrest started to circulate with much voicing unbelief that the city requires a license to cycle.
“Perth Amboy, NJ, is here. Do the police actually jail children for motorcycle checks? Do these many officers really need to deal with some situation? Police CANNOT continue to be our reply to Everyone,” Amol Sinha, the New Jersey ACLU Executive Director tweeted.
Neither the Police Department of Perth Amboy nor the City Hall replied.
Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone of County Middlesex vowed that the occurrence will be investigated.
“The main concern of Prosecutor Ciccone is every juvenile who is held in custody by the police in Middlesex County, and this young person is nothing other than him,” Ciccone said in the release. “What happened before, during and after the incident is under examination.”