Undercover Cop Was Part of Biker Rally That Beat Driver

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In this frame grab from video provided by the New York Police Department, motorcyclists ride alongside a sport utility vehicle, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in New York

A New York City police officer is under investigation after he may have witnessed last Sunday’s beating of an SUV driver by a swarm of bikers.

The police officer, who is reported to have been riding off-duty and undercover, has been stripped of his badge and his gun while the NYPD investigates what he saw.

According to reports, the unnamed cop told investigators he didn’t intervene in order to keep his cover — but he’s come under fire for not reporting his involvement in the rally until Wednesday, four days after the attack.

Authorities are questioning why the police officer did nothing to help stop the attack or to alert on-duty officers about the incident. The New York Daily News reports that more than one undercover cop may have taken part in the rally, an unauthorized ride called Hollywood Stuntz.

The beating stemmed from a bout of road rage after the bikers surrounded Alexian Lien’s Range Rover on the Henry Hudson Parkway. After a minor accident, Lien sped off — with his wife and 2-year-old child both in the car — as the bikers gave chase for almost four miles. Cameras caught bikers bashing in the windows of the SUV, which ended with Lien being pulled from behind the wheel, beaten, and left to bleed on the pavement.

So far, three bikers have been arrested and face charges in the attack, but authorities tell the New York Post that as many as five may have been involved.

9 comments
aklimento
aklimento

"Unauthorized Ride" on highway with slowing traffic for whatever purpose participants deem appropriate is nothing else but street gang activity, in this particular case become widely viewed thanks to modern technology and social responsibility of the author of that video. And how many times this menace and its consequences gone without punishment? I guess there is no license for gang members and any participant in that ride is a gangster, including that undercover cop (or even more, off-duty, cops?!) regardless whatever role he played there. With all known attributes as violence, self declaration and street justice. Thanks to real hero Alexian who dared to challenge this ugly reality of New York life unlike thousands car riders crawling in traffic behind and on-duty cops all around. I hope this hornet nest will be carefully investigated and eradicated from the life of our city.

PeteReitano
PeteReitano

How can you say "a minor accident," when the driver drove his SUV over at least one rider and broke his back in two places, and then fled the scene? This seems like irresponsible reporting to me.
Was the cop in the group that chased the motorist? Many of the bikers stayed with the injured man. Why are people so quick to blame this cop for allowing violence to happen when we don't know if he even witnessed the altercation at the end of the chase? He may have stayed with the injured rider and called for an ambulance, but everyone is assuming that he was one of the bikers that chased the car after the accident. I don't know this officer, nor his actions, so I'll reserve judgement until all the facts are known.

yoichioishi
yoichioishi

It's impossible an undercover policeman joins in an unauthorized bike rally, and doesn't report the brutal injuries to his boss in our country. It's terrible and 'exceptional. '

chicochi3
chicochi3

How was he able to be both off-duty and undercover?  An off-duty cop could have come to the rescue.

StephenReal
StephenReal

Officers have a moral obligation to overcome their personal fear of bodily harm to do the right thing. He could have at least spoke up in word. A shameful reflection upon the NYPD in my opinion.


There are real heroes in the Force and this jamoke ain't one of them.

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@chicochi3  

not if he was undercover with the bikers. just because he wasn't on duty doesn't mean he might not have been spending time with his targets. if he came to the rescue, his cover would be blown. not a difficult concept

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