Did he fall or was he pushed?
A second NSW Police motorcyclist has been observed pushing a cyclist off his bicycle in Sydney's CBD during peak hour.
A witness to the alleged assault, who estimated he was 3-4 metres from the incident, claimed the police motorcycle officer rode up alongside the cyclist and "just pushed him off his bike in the middle of the intersection".
"He [the cyclist] fell on the road. It wasn't like he got pushed and sort of wobbled and kept rolling, and sort of [went] into a death spiral or anything. He just went bang," the witness told local media.
He went on to say the cyclist was travelling about 15km/h when he rode through the intersection of College and William streets on a green light.
"I don't know what led up to that situation. The only thing that was visually evident was that he wasn't wearing a helmet. The guy wasn't running a red light or anything [at the crash scene]. He was just riding along.
The motorcyclist came up alongside him. There wasn't a siren that I heard, and it's not like he rode alongside him and asked him to pull over. It was literally like he came up from behind, then alongside and just pushed him over."
The witness said the motorcyclist's lights were flashing, but he did not hear a siren.
"He was lying in a prone position, and kind of screaming and yelling in pain. The guy was saying 'You pushed me! What the hell? What the f---? You pushed me! ‘... He was angry and appeared to be in pain.
The police officer essentially said: 'No I didn't.'
It was like the guy [the cyclist] wasn't even aware he [the police officer] was there. When he was on the ground, he was saying 'I didn't even know you were there. I didn't hear you.'
I completely acknowledge that split-second memories like that could be completely fallible ... What I saw did not indicate in any way that he was giving [the cyclist] fair warning to pull over.”
Significantly differing accounts of events have emerged from the police and witnesses about what occurred.
An Australian cycling advocacy group has described the act as aggressive and "totally unacceptable" while local cyclists are outraged at this second incident involving aggressive motorcyclist police action against cyclists. [Edit, see blog post from 11 Jan 2016]
Police are at least this time conducting an internal investigation into the incident, which occurred about 8.25am on Wednesday at the intersection of College and William streets, Sydney.
The Police accounts say that officers from the Motorcycle Response Team were patrolling and allege the 30-year-old cyclist, and who was not wearing a helmet, disobeyed a red traffic signal. The police motorcyclist "activated his warning lights and sirens", and attempted to stop the cyclist, who continued riding west along William Street. The officer made further attempts to stop the rider near the intersection of College Street.
Police said the cyclist then fell from his bicycle.
Another witness was on a bus beside the rider when he crashed.
"The cyclist was crossing College Street; the cop rode alongside him and knocked him down pretty hard. From where we were it looked very excessive."
Bicycle Network chief executive Craig Richards said according to witness accounts the police officer had pushed the shoulder of the rider.
"This use of force against a rider moving on the street is totally unacceptable, and could have resulted in serious head injuries or worse to the rider," Mr Richards said.
"NSW Police are very fortunate that they are not having to explain the incident to the family of someone who is seriously injured.
"We know that NSW has strict protocols around the interception of vehicles on the street, with a high priority given to public safety.
"Police can make a vital contribution to safety on the roads, but there is no need to be aggressive and forceful in this way.
"There needs to be a full explanation of why the rules were not followed.”
Here’s a thought. RELEASE THE TRAFFIC CAMERA VIDEO. Sheesh ...