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In NYC these days it helps if the person you're in a conflict with is a cyclist, as catalogued (often hilariously) by Though it sounds like she may well have been salmoning and deserved being cursed at.


So if you’re wondering how many cops you can tell to go fuck themselves and fuck off and shut the fuck up and let you talk without getting arrested, the answer is apparently five.

Assuming you aren’t carrying a protest sign.

And you're white?


Chet, not a safe assumption to make with a car service driver.

Who are notoriously prickly to begin with.


Though it sounds like she may well have been salmoning and deserved being cursed at.

I dunno, Aaron. There's a short section of Church St where the bike lane approaching the Bklyn Bridge is on the left hand side of the road to facilitate both approaches (the bike path across the bridge being interior to the car roadway). It's possible she might have just been trying to get to the lane when he zoomed in.

But it's hard to say for sure. I wouldn't swear to that possibility without further info.


I'm not a New Yorker and have actually never ridden in the city, so I am happy to bow to anyone with more experience there (which is a whole lot of people). And again from what I know both from reading on it and from the personal experiences of friends, the cyclist is always at fault in the eyes of the NYPD. To be fair this also covers many other police departments, some of which I have more experience with as compared to my one (rather unpleasant and frightening) experience of being illegally searched by a NYC cop as a teenager.

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