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2022-07-06 5:53:10 PM  
How on earth did it take Texas police 75 days to charge the driver in spite of clear video evidence?

And how is this only a misdemeanor offense?
 
2022-07-06 6:45:35 PM  
Missed'em-meanor
 
2022-07-06 6:58:46 PM  

BunkyBrewman: How on earth did it take Texas police 75 days to charge the driver in spite of clear video evidence?

And how is this only a misdemeanor offense?


That should be aggravated assault or maybe even attempted murder.  Holy fark.
 
2022-07-06 8:44:48 PM  
Forget it Jake It's Texas
 
2022-07-06 9:14:27 PM  

BunkyBrewman: How on earth did it take Texas police 75 days to charge the driver in spite of clear video evidence?

And how is this only a misdemeanor offense?


Police don't give a damn about enforcing laws or public safety, they're just there to keep minorities, women, and marginalized people in line.

Same for prosecutors.

Welcome to the United States, it's your first day here, I gather?
 
2022-07-06 9:14:58 PM  

BunkyBrewman: How on earth did it take Texas police 75 days to charge the driver in spite of clear video evidence?

And how is this only a misdemeanor offense?


It's Texass, inept copping is basically par for the course. Christ, they even hit a Birdie with the ineptness in Uvalde...
 
2022-07-06 9:15:39 PM  
could spend up to 30 days in jail and be fined up to $200

For assault with a deadly weapon?
 
2022-07-06 9:15:57 PM  
Texans are miserable and they make everyone around them miserable.
 
2022-07-06 9:16:28 PM  

BunkyBrewman: How on earth did it take Texas police 75 days to charge the driver in spite of clear video evidence?

And how is this only a misdemeanor offense?


It's sort of a he-said, the-video-evidence-said thing
 
2022-07-06 9:17:27 PM  
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/eat isht, you ignorant rednecks
 
2022-07-06 9:18:13 PM  
That's absolutely 1st degree assault.
 
2022-07-06 9:20:01 PM  
Yeah that does not surprise me at all, especially after the "hey fa__ot" part.  I even get that in New England when I'm out running.  In AZ I experienced the "LOL let's swerve at this guy on the shoulder" thing.  I also had that happen to me in Maine while cycling.  I've had lit cigarettes flicked at me from passing cars.  One guy shot a nail gun at me. I've had various homophobic crap yelled at me over the years, presumably because I'm wearing workout clothing while I'm, you know, exercising.  Running shorts and a grey T-shirt = suuper gay, right? I basically had it coming.  In eastern MA, thankfully, it's not very often and also way less aggressive -- usually just drunk bros saying something like "nice shorts" and you tell them to get farked and that's the end of it.
 
2022-07-06 9:20:30 PM  
Attempted murder. He should be put away for at least double digits in years.

Texas is soft on crime.
 
2022-07-06 9:21:44 PM  

BunkyBrewman: How on earth did it take Texas police 75 days to charge the driver in spite of clear video evidence?

And how is this only a misdemeanor offense?


How?

FTFA:
"Since the cyclist declined to press charges..."

That's how.
 
2022-07-06 9:26:00 PM  
Yep. I live in Austin, supposedly a bicycle-friendly town, and I won't ride a bicycle any more. I gave it up after being hit a couple of times. It's not just criminals like this guy who try to hit you. It's ordinary drivers who don't look for you because they are only watching for other cars, driven by bad drivers like them. After all, cars might leave marks on your paint job; killing a cyclist might not.

Today, when I was walking, the light turned green and I stepped out onto Congress Avenue, and some person made a right turn at me. I stopped and waved him/her on. When he didn't move, I waved again and yelled at him to get on with it. He'd tried to run me down once and I wasn't going to give him a second chance by walking in front of his car.

/we do have bike lanes in Austin and Lance Armstrong lived here and promoted bicycling, but you have to have more balls than Lance Armstrong to risk your life with these idiots.
 
2022-07-06 9:26:04 PM  
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2022-07-06 9:26:40 PM  
Since the cyclist declined to press charges, the state of Texas is listed as victim in the case. The charges amount to a Class B misdemeanor, and a judge has asked Glenn to appear in court. Meaning, police will neither arrest, nor take Glenn into custody in handcuffs.

Good on the bicyclist for not impeding traffic.
Bad on the bicyclist for not pursuing this.  WTF are you thinking?
 
2022-07-06 9:28:41 PM  
I mean seemingly there is consequences.
 
2022-07-06 9:30:07 PM  
What's that jeep driver's fark right winger handle.
 
2022-07-06 9:30:13 PM  
If only he'd had a handlebar-mounted .357, the Jeep guy would have had some respect for him.
 
2022-07-06 9:32:38 PM  
Considering the police there also help out school shooters is anyone surprised? Not that it makes it right.
 
2022-07-06 9:33:50 PM  
It could've been much worse.

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2022-07-06 9:38:42 PM  

WastrelWay: Yep. I live in Austin, supposedly a bicycle-friendly town, and I won't ride a bicycle any more. I gave it up after being hit a couple of times. It's not just criminals like this guy who try to hit you. It's ordinary drivers who don't look for you because they are only watching for other cars, driven by bad drivers like them. After all, cars might leave marks on your paint job; killing a cyclist might not.

Today, when I was walking, the light turned green and I stepped out onto Congress Avenue, and some person made a right turn at me. I stopped and waved him/her on. When he didn't move, I waved again and yelled at him to get on with it. He'd tried to run me down once and I wasn't going to give him a second chance by walking in front of his car.

/we do have bike lanes in Austin and Lance Armstrong lived here and promoted bicycling, but you have to have more balls than Lance Armstrong to risk your life with these idiots.


Back in the before times, I would walk during my lunch break and need to cross a somewhat lightly traveled road.  Way too many drivers would just speed through the traffic light after it turned red, with one guy almost hitting me while I was crossing in the road.  Our country needs real drivers education and driving laws like Germany and other European countries.
 
2022-07-06 9:38:49 PM  

BunkyBrewman: How on earth did it take Texas police 75 days to charge the driver in spite of clear video evidence?

And how is this only a misdemeanor offense?


Bubba's probably related to a cop, and/or the cops think bicyclists are homos too.
 
2022-07-06 9:40:45 PM  
I once called 911 because a car was actively trying to hit me. I was told there was no crime until he actually hit me.
 
2022-07-06 9:43:29 PM  

C18H27NO3: Since the cyclist declined to press charges, the state of Texas is listed as victim in the case. The charges amount to a Class B misdemeanor, and a judge has asked Glenn to appear in court. Meaning, police will neither arrest, nor take Glenn into custody in handcuffs.

Good on the bicyclist for not impeding traffic.
Bad on the bicyclist for not pursuing this.  WTF are you thinking?


Seriously. This needs to be bumped to a felony and get his gun rights revoked.
 
2022-07-06 9:45:18 PM  

BunkyBrewman: How on earth did it take Texas police 75 days to charge the driver in spite of clear video evidence?

And how is this only a misdemeanor offense?


Same reason it took a national outrage to get this prick charged.  This isn't about Texas, though.  It's about America.  This shiat happens everywhere in America.  And statistically speaking, it happens around 100 times a day in America.  It's not always a cyclist, but there's always a motorist involved.

This is what happens when you only build infrastructure for motorists and hardly a token effort for literally anybody else, and then only enforce traffic laws on nonmotorists.  People who can't, or shouldn't, or don't want to drive are forced to, with deadly results.
 
2022-07-06 9:45:37 PM  

soj4life: WastrelWay: Yep. I live in Austin, supposedly a bicycle-friendly town, and I won't ride a bicycle any more. I gave it up after being hit a couple of times. It's not just criminals like this guy who try to hit you. It's ordinary drivers who don't look for you because they are only watching for other cars, driven by bad drivers like them. After all, cars might leave marks on your paint job; killing a cyclist might not.

Today, when I was walking, the light turned green and I stepped out onto Congress Avenue, and some person made a right turn at me. I stopped and waved him/her on. When he didn't move, I waved again and yelled at him to get on with it. He'd tried to run me down once and I wasn't going to give him a second chance by walking in front of his car.

/we do have bike lanes in Austin and Lance Armstrong lived here and promoted bicycling, but you have to have more balls than Lance Armstrong to risk your life with these idiots.

Back in the before times, I would walk during my lunch break and need to cross a somewhat lightly traveled road.  Way too many drivers would just speed through the traffic light after it turned red, with one guy almost hitting me while I was crossing in the road.  Our country needs real drivers education and driving laws like Germany and other European countries.


I walk to work. I get almost hit at least once a week from assholes at the stop sign by my house. Today it was New York plates and some dick in an SUV that decided he could keep rolling through the intersection because I was only at the curb with my brisk 'I am going to work now' pace. Farkers.
 
2022-07-06 9:47:35 PM  
I want to find a way to strap a fish bat under my top type for assholes who want to get cozy.
 
2022-07-06 9:47:38 PM  
It's a war out there, folks. Don't surrender.
 
2022-07-06 9:48:18 PM  
Texas seems like a dangerous place

I'll remember to stay away
 
2022-07-06 9:48:19 PM  
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2022-07-06 9:50:05 PM  
Cruisin' USA?

1000 extra points if you hit 'em with the bus!
 
2022-07-06 9:51:06 PM  
Sgt. Ryan Coats, with Deer Park Police, said "it was kind of a 'he said, she said' thing."

This is hands down the dumbest, most simple minded, laziest, bullshiat excuse people use to avoid doing the right thing. People get convicted of murder based on FAR less evidence than this every farking day in this country.
 
2022-07-06 9:51:10 PM  

C18H27NO3: Good on the bicyclist for not impeding traffic.


"An operator may not drive so slowly as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law."

Reduced speed is necessary for safe operation of a bicycle by virtue of its basic design, so by definition, it's not legally possible for a cyclist making any effort to make progress.  Bicycles are traffic.
 
2022-07-06 9:51:30 PM  

BunkyBrewman: How on earth did it take Texas police 75 days to charge the driver in spite of clear video evidence?

And how is this only a misdemeanor offense?


Because white Republican men no longer face consequences in this country. Unless maybe they are poor, and this guy is at least upper middle class.

Probably never did face consequences actually.
 
2022-07-06 9:51:45 PM  
People who ride bicycles have been on Republicans' hate lists for the last several years, along with transgender people, vegetarians, and other minority groups. It's really pretty bizarre.
 
2022-07-06 9:52:27 PM  

Tom-Servo: BunkyBrewman: How on earth did it take Texas police 75 days to charge the driver in spite of clear video evidence?

And how is this only a misdemeanor offense?

How?

FTFA:
"Since the cyclist declined to press charges..."

That's how.


Victims of crime can't "press charges". The average citizen has zero control over whether a prosecutor brings charges against someone who has committed a crime against them. It helps if the victim is willing to cooperate with the prosecution, but the prosecutor doesn't need their permission.

Reading between the lines here it sounds like the driver has made it clear they're gonna extract violent revenge if the victim makes a big deal out of it and the cops seem pretty clear they are going to ignore it as long as it's a plausible tragic accident.
 
2022-07-06 9:53:17 PM  
THE LAW AND ORDER STATE DIDNT CHARGE THIS GUY WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER.

let that sink in. the place that pisses and moans THE MOST about how guns are the only thing stopping criminality just lets this dude in a Jeep (*pussy boys and little girls buy these to park on the snow mounds in parking lots) try to MURDER (malice aforethought) a biker/pedestrian and charges him with a misdemeanor.

Lol just start shooting these fascists already. All they believe in are guns, let them believe harder sooner faster.
 
2022-07-06 9:53:52 PM  

C18H27NO3: Since the cyclist declined to press charges, the state of Texas is listed as victim in the case. The charges amount to a Class B misdemeanor, and a judge has asked Glenn to appear in court. Meaning, police will neither arrest, nor take Glenn into custody in handcuffs.

Good on the bicyclist for not impeding traffic.
Bad on the bicyclist for not pursuing this.  WTF are you thinking?


Requiring victims to "press charges" is bullshiat.
 
2022-07-06 9:54:54 PM  

Begoggle: People who ride bicycles have been on Republicans' hate lists for the last several years, along with transgender people, vegetarians, and other minority groups. It's really pretty bizarre.


Irony being these are your self-reliant individuals doing everything they can to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps.  Which, ostensibly, is something Republicans love to brag is admirable, apparently until they meet someone who meets that definition, then they can't stand it...
 
2022-07-06 9:57:46 PM  

Baloo Uriza: C18H27NO3: Good on the bicyclist for not impeding traffic.

"An operator may not drive so slowly as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law."

Reduced speed is necessary for safe operation of a bicycle by virtue of its basic design, so by definition, it's not legally possible for a cyclist making any effort to make progress.  Bicycles are traffic.


As necessary for safe operation is referring to weather, compromised roads, etc. If you think they are synonymous with "traffic" attempt bicycling on an interstate
 
2022-07-06 9:58:15 PM  
Here I sit cheeks a flexin'
Just shiat out another Texan


/cyclist
 
2022-07-06 10:00:08 PM  

C18H27NO3: Since the cyclist declined to press charges, the state of Texas is listed as victim in the case. The charges amount to a Class B misdemeanor, and a judge has asked Glenn to appear in court. Meaning, police will neither arrest, nor take Glenn into custody in handcuffs.

Good on the bicyclist for not impeding traffic.
Bad on the bicyclist for not pursuing this.  WTF are you thinking?


After all the resistance from the cops, it has the intended effect of making victims give up.  You just want to forget it and move on when you see it's just more punishment for you.

Before you go any further, pal, I gotta tell you, it's cash up front. A thousand bucks a day for a full investigation. Another thousand if the assailant is caught. Got it?

Yeah, here's a dollar.  Thanks for nuthin'


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2022-07-06 10:00:32 PM  

The Dog Ate My Homework: Sgt. Ryan Coats, with Deer Park Police, said "it was kind of a 'he said, she said' thing."

This is hands down the dumbest, most simple minded, laziest, bullshiat excuse people use to avoid doing the right thing. People get convicted of murder based on FAR less evidence than this every farking day in this country.


True, but most of those people are not white.
 
2022-07-06 10:00:38 PM  

Begoggle: C18H27NO3: Since the cyclist declined to press charges, the state of Texas is listed as victim in the case. The charges amount to a Class B misdemeanor, and a judge has asked Glenn to appear in court. Meaning, police will neither arrest, nor take Glenn into custody in handcuffs.

Good on the bicyclist for not impeding traffic.
Bad on the bicyclist for not pursuing this.  WTF are you thinking?

Requiring victims to "press charges" is bullshiat.


I don't bicycle but I sure as fark would've pressed charges against that asshole.  I don't give a shiat if I was in a car, on a bicycle, a motorcycle, or just standing there.
 
2022-07-06 10:03:06 PM  

New Rising Sun: Yeah that does not surprise me at all, especially after the "hey fa__ot" part.  I even get that in New England when I'm out running.  In AZ I experienced the "LOL let's swerve at this guy on the shoulder" thing.  I also had that happen to me in Maine while cycling.  I've had lit cigarettes flicked at me from passing cars.  One guy shot a nail gun at me. I've had various homophobic crap yelled at me over the years, presumably because I'm wearing workout clothing while I'm, you know, exercising.  Running shorts and a grey T-shirt = suuper gay, right? I basically had it coming.  In eastern MA, thankfully, it's not very often and also way less aggressive -- usually just drunk bros saying something like "nice shorts" and you tell them to get farked and that's the end of it.


Exercising and being in shape is totally a gay thing. You should be a fat slob like Gawd intended.
 
2022-07-06 10:06:44 PM  

BlazeTrailer: Baloo Uriza: C18H27NO3: Good on the bicyclist for not impeding traffic.

"An operator may not drive so slowly as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law."

Reduced speed is necessary for safe operation of a bicycle by virtue of its basic design, so by definition, it's not legally possible for a cyclist making any effort to make progress.  Bicycles are traffic.

As necessary for safe operation is referring to weather, compromised roads, etc. If you think they are synonymous with "traffic" attempt bicycling on an interstate


Only you would come up with such a twisted example; almost all freeways in Texas have a minimum speed limit and frontage roads with no minimums.  But more reasonably, outside of your specific freeway example, it's perfectly normal and reasonable to have to go around equestrians, pedestrians, cyclists, farm equipment, and animal-drawn vehicles on Texas roads (and anywhere else in America for that example) by their very mode of operation.

It's almost as if the constant is that roads are, with rare exception, the public commons open to all comers, and that the ability to operate a motor vehicle is a revocable privilege or something.
 
2022-07-06 10:07:17 PM  
I put cameras on my bike after a driver overtook me on a curve and then told the police I rode into her.

I captured this recently. Both the police and court administrator essentially told me to pound sand. It probably would have been different if I'd been injured again, because I would have lawyered up.

Warning, there's salty language.

2022 04 14 incident
Youtube sgiYmzMjJms
 
2022-07-06 10:07:44 PM  

C18H27NO3: Begoggle: C18H27NO3: Since the cyclist declined to press charges, the state of Texas is listed as victim in the case. The charges amount to a Class B misdemeanor, and a judge has asked Glenn to appear in court. Meaning, police will neither arrest, nor take Glenn into custody in handcuffs.

Good on the bicyclist for not impeding traffic.
Bad on the bicyclist for not pursuing this.  WTF are you thinking?

Requiring victims to "press charges" is bullshiat.

I don't bicycle but I sure as fark would've pressed charges against that asshole.  I don't give a shiat if I was in a car, on a bicycle, a motorcycle, or just standing there.


That's great that you would, but I'm saying it shouldn't be required (and isn't required, as explained in the article). I'm no lawyer, so I don't know if there's any state laws that require a victim to "press charges" when cops have evidence of a crime committed, but my understanding is, that it's no longer a thing. Used to be, cops/prosecutors didn't do anything when a husband beat his wife, because she wouldn't "press charges" (for obvious reasons).
 
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