So we've all probably seen the biker incident captured by a GoPro camera on New York's Henry Hudson Parkway last week. To recap: A group of motorcyclists orchestrated a group ride called "Hollywood Stuntz" across New York City. This ride prompted dozens of 911 calls; it has every year of its existence. At some point, a man named Alexian Lien accidentally hit one of the bikes weaving its way through traffic. This prompted the bikers to hit the brakes and surround Lien's Range Rover. Lien, who had his wife and two-year-old in the car, then plowed through one of the motorcyclists, 26-year-old Jeremiah Mieses. (Mieses is now reportedly paralyzed.) When the bikers caught up to Lien on West 178th Street, he was beaten within an inch of his life. It was a totally terrifying story, made even weirder by the very modern GoPro camera that filmed most of the whole thing.
Now, two suspects have been charged with crimes (one of whom actually flipped off a camera in court today), and reports have surfaced that as many as FOUR off-duty police officers may have been at the scene of the attack. They all face departmental discipline.
Then there's this: Below is video taken at a previous group ride by this same core crew of riders. It was originally uploaded to YouTube as an example of their awe-inspiring badassry; after the Lien video went viral, the bikers panicked and took it down. (But, thankfully, was saved by a Facebook user.) Just... Look at this. They run red lights, they ride on sidewalks just previously occupied by kids. And at one point, they terrorize a Prius driver who had the audacity to drive on a green light. It's incredible stuff, and it reveals a lot about how something happened like it did on the Henry Hudson Parkway.
Unlike other sites, I'm not trying to make this a racial thing, at all—if you watch 'till the end you see all races united as douchebags. To me, this new video is nothing more than a clear sign that group rides of this sort really need to stop. Lien may or may not have acted irrationally in running over Mieses. We don't know; I think he was genuinely fearful for his life.
But there's no question group rides were the catalyst. And will continue to be in the future.