Of course they were. A bizarre story just took a turn for the worse. On Wednesday we printed an article from Dr. Eowyn that detailed the horror of Alexian Lien and his family as a large group of black bikers harassed and attacked them. Here is a snippet:
At the 06:20 mark, the Range Rover comes to a stop on West 178th between Wadsworth and St. Nicholas avenues, stuck in traffic behind other cars. That’s when several bikers (I counted four men before the video abruptly ended) go up to the Range Rover and pummel the vehicle with their fists and helmets, breaking at least one window.
In the screenshot below, taken from the video at the 06:22 mark, the red arrows point to two bikers hitting the Range Rover.
CBS News says the whole incident “began around 1:30 p.m. Sunday on the West Side Highway after he [Alexian Lien] got into an accident with one of the bikers around 125th Street. After the driver and motorcyclist pulled over, they were quickly surrounded by 20 to 30 bikers who began damaging the victim’s Range Rover, police said. Lien, who was traveling with his wife and toddler, struck two other bikers while fleeing, police said. The other bikers gave chase, pursuing him for about 2 1/2 miles, and again surrounded the vehicle. They pulled the man from the SUV and beat him.”
Dr. Eowyn’s article linked to a full length video of the incident which has now been pulled by the user. I wonder if it had to do with incriminating five New York City police officers?
Now let’s be fair. We have all found ourselves being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It happens. But you would think that at least 1 or 2 of the five off duty cops would remember the concept of “protect and serve” rather than just sit on their bikes and watch Lien and his family terrorized.
The Daily Mail reports:
The New York Post originally reported that the first undercover officer to admit being at the ruthless pounding was not the only cop at the scene, as several members of the motorcycle group- called the Front Line Soldiers- are police officers themselves.
Internal Affairs of the NYPD are now investigating whether or not any of these officers were the ones who were pictured hitting the Range Rover, though they do not seem to be worried that the undercover took part
When reached by MailOnline for comment, an NYPD spokesperson said only that the involvement of off-duty officers ‘is under investigation.’
‘It is does not appear that he got involved at the scene,’ a police source told The Post.
That said, the undercover officer has hired a lawyer.
Indeed. He has hired a lawyer. This could become more and more messy as it starts to unfold. I don’t know what the answer is on a cop who was undercover in this situation. I don’t know why the cop was undercover and what was being investigated.
As for those who were off duty and there. There is no excuse. These officers ought to be suspended immediately and possibly lose their badges AND face criminal charges depending on the investigation. If we can’t trust cops to stick up for us in a situation like this then we can’t count on anyone.
It is unacceptable that NYPD officers would just sit on their bikes and watch this unfold.