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Posted: 7/21/2010 2:58:27 PM EDT
Officer Is Charged in Hit and Run

Sources say Ramos and his partner –– riding in a police radio vehicle –– struck 61-year-old Yu Tong Chan at the corner of Jay and Sands streets in Dumbo.

A New York City police officer accused of hitting a bicyclist with his car and driving off without reporting it was charged on Tuesday with assault and reckless driving.

On the afternoon of June 14, the authorities said, the officer, Louis Ramos, was headed the wrong way on Jay Street in Brooklyn, with his lights flashing and siren blaring, when he drove through a red light and struck the cyclist at Sands Street.

Officer Ramos and his partner, Paris Anderson, got out of their police car, dragged the cyclist to the curb, handed him a tissue and drove off without calling an ambulance or reporting the accident, said Charles J. Hynes, the Brooklyn district attorney, in a criminal complaint. Surveillance cameras captured the encounter.

The cyclist suffered cuts and bruises on his face and a fractured wrist. He was treated at Long Island College Hospitaland released.


Officer Ramos's partner Paris Anderson, a six-year veteran of the force,was not charged in the incident, which was caught on a surveillance tape, according to a spokesman for the Brooklyn district attorney's office.

In addition to assault and reckless driving, Officer Ramos was charged with leaving the scene of an accident where there had been an injury. He pleaded not guilty. He and Officer Anderson were suspended without pay last month.

The case comes amid heightened friction between police and cyclists. Two videos showing officers shoving cyclists to the ground in Times Square during group rides — one in July 2008, the other in March 2007 — were widely seen online. One of the officers, Sgt. Timothy Horohoe, was found to have lied but did not face serious sanctions. The other officer, Patrick Pogan, resigned from the force and was convicted of lying, but a judge decided against jail time or probation.

Link Posted: 7/21/2010 3:07:14 PM EDT
Chan, who was in the crosswalk when he was hit, was thrown off his bike and suffered a fractured nose and right hand, a broken tooth and a deep cut to his lip which needed stitches.

The accident would apparently not have come to light had Chan not pursued the matter on his own.

Armed with videotape footage that showed a portion of the incident, the senior filed a report against the two cops, sparking an investigation that led to both officers being suspended without pay.

Ramos claimed he never hit Chan and that the senior tumbled off the bike after being startled by the police siren. It remains unclear if the officers were responding to a 911 call at the time of the accident.

A call to Capt. Mark DiPaolo, the commanding officer of the 84th Precinct, was not returned by late Tuesday. An NYPD spokesman would not comment on Ramos’s arrest, and the cop’s lawyer Stephen Worth merely added that “he’s looking forward to his vindication.”
Link Posted: 7/21/2010 3:10:43 PM EDT
Video doesn't show very much. So I'll have to take the facts as they were reported. If The cop did what is reported he should loose his job and be tried for the crime he perpetrated.

Link Posted: 7/21/2010 3:21:37 PM EDT
Dumbasses deserve to be fired and charged, THEN Sued Civilly personally.
Link Posted: 7/21/2010 3:52:18 PM EDT
Unbelievably stupid. All that to avoid doing a report? Yeah, how'd that work out for you guys?
Link Posted: 7/21/2010 5:14:20 PM EDT
I have actually hit a guy on a bike before while I was working. He wasn't hurt bad, and just wanted to leave, but I didn't want it to end up biting me in the ass later, so I made him stay. Calling my Sergeant to the scene wasn't the easiest thing to do, but I still have my job.

If these officers actually did this, then they deserve to loose their jobs.
Link Posted: 7/21/2010 5:15:33 PM EDT


Unbelievably stupid. All that to avoid doing a report? Yeah, how'd that work out for you guys?


Link Posted: 7/21/2010 5:22:26 PM EDT
If he was on a legit call, all he would have had to do is see if he was OK initially and call an Ambulance to check him out along with notifying the station. He did none of that and deserves to be treated as any other hit and run driver involved in a T/A with injuries.

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