‘Riding Bikes While Black’??
Police officers in Perth Amboy, New Jersey were seen on social media appearing to harass a small group of Black teens who were riding their bikes through town in a video that 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. pic.twitter.com/xcAR8zmnuP
— ⁶Kid (@deep_dab) April 19, 2021
Police station footage sees an officer explain to 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: pic.twitter.com/8T48DMEgoA
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 20, 2021
Check out social media reactions to the incident below.
— Powerofwoman (@Torilv13) April 20, 2021
President Joe Biden is a big failure, nothing as change nd nothing would change,America is a big disgrace in the whole wide world now,how could this be happening,teens get killed,teens get arrested by their oppressor no more freedom for blacks both old nd yung wtf is going on ?
— GeorgeGoddard (@bedacris147) April 20, 2021
White guys even spit on cops with impunity https://t.co/AnXwNAmroW
— SOrt (@SOrt6184) April 20, 2021
Then she says she could be a real asshole and confiscate the other youths' bikes that are not registered. Perth Amboy requires they be registered. But, contrary to her first charge, they also prohibit riding on sidewalks in many places around town so… https://t.co/SJohgEibZx pic.twitter.com/FCWphZgR7d
— sahra (@sahrasulaiman) April 20, 2021
New Jersey is such a weird place. The road is for wheels. The sidewalk is for feet. Why are they trying to make people break- oh, I see it now.
— Velvet Hydrangea (@VelvetHydrangea) April 20, 2021