Police Accused of Ignoring Road-Rage Attacks
26 Sep 2007 12:38 GMT
Drivers Given Free Ride After May Critical Mass & New Event on Friday 28th Sept. Drivers Given Free Ride After May Critical Mass & New Event on Friday 28th Sept. Following accusations of harrasment of cyclists on a Critical Mass, the police now stand accused of being soft on aggressive drivers. Joshua Hart writes; It has come to light that two drivers who drove their cars into cyclists at the May Critical Mass bicycle ride, have in all likelihood not been charged at all by Avon and Somerset Police. During a larger than usual Critical Mass bike ride in Bristol last May, two drivers intentionally drove into the back of the mass as it rode through St. Augustine's Parade. When police arrived on the scene, they let the drivers go to the dismay of the gathered crowd, and proceeded to arrest two cyclists. Responding to a FOI request, the Avon and Somerset Constabulary writes, "Your request for information has now been considered and I am not obliged to supply the information you have requested" They go on to cite the human rights act of 1998 to justify not releasing the information to the public because "someone could use this information to their benefit to seek retribution against the drivers of these vehicles for causing damage to their bicycles." Even though the request simply asked what charges were filed against the drivers without requesting their names, the request was nevertheless denied.
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