A California Highway Patrol officer was caught on camera ramming into a motorcyclist during the Elite Bikerz Fallen Brother Ride over Memorial Day weekend.
Video from the Sunday incident shows a group of bikers stopped at a Rancho Cucamonga intersection when a person on a motorcycle and a CHP cruiser passes them.
The police vehicle can be seen intentionally ramming into the motorcycle, knocking the rider over.
The group of bikers, obviously mad about the vehicular attack, goes to the scene of the crime as the officer detains the man he rammed.
“You pushed him! You pushed him down! You slapped him down with you bike, and I have it on camera!” the cameraman says.
Watch the video below via CBS Los Angeles:
Rider Jose Figueroa said the biker was in a pack when the officer started being aggressive towards the man, according to CBS LA.
“He panicked, you know? Our brother panicked, and he got out the way and sped up, tried to get out the way, and the cop chased him,” said Figueroa. “We pulled up to the liquor store, and that’s when he rammed him.”
“From what I saw from the video, you know, I [saw] my husband’s brake going on,” the victim’s wife Desiree Garcia said. “It looked like he was, he was trying to pull over, and the cop just hit him out of nowhere.”
The man was taken to the hospital and then to jail.
The group believes the CHP officer used excessive force and endangered the man’s life, so they are taking legal action.
“A lot of people believe the cop used excessive force,” said Figueroa. “He should not have done that. He should’ve done it in a more [unintelligible] manner.”
The CHP released a statement suggesting they do not know why the motorcycle hit the cruiser:
“For unknown reasons, the left side of the Yamaha made contact with the patrol vehicle.[…] An investigator has been assigned to investigate the cause of the contact between the Yahama and the patrol vehicle.”