BCSO deputies looking for biker captured in controversial viral video
October 08, 2017 10:36 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A motorcycle rights group says Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies went too far when confronting bikers on the road who deputies say were driving recklessly.
Deputies claim those bikers were weaving in and out of traffic on Saturday, putting others on the road at risk.
Bernalillo County officials say around 3:00pm Saturday deputies responded to reports of 50 motorcycles in the area blocking traffic and driving aggressively.
The motorcycles eventually surrounded the patrol units and allegedly started throwing gang-related signs in their direction, according to a report released by Bernalillo County officials.
But cell phone captured the tail end of the incident and seems to show a BCSO vehicle catching up to one of those bikers before the deputy in the passenger seat points his weapon out of the window at the biker.
Representatives from the New Mexico Motorcycle Rights organization say there is no justification for that potentially deadly response.
“We are not condoning, nor are we defending, the actions or behavior of the riders. We can agree that is dangerous behavior on the roads,” said Raymond Gallegos of the NMMRO. “However, for a deputy to pull his weapon with no obvious threat on (a) moving vehicle on a public road near a public park, that endangers the public and the rider.”
BCSO officials say that deputy was in fear of immediate and impending battery from the biker in question. In fact, they are actively searching for that man to try and identify him.
After the cell phone video was released, and a flood of public messages and comments poured in, deputies say they are launching a full investigation into the incident.
BCSO officials released the following statement:
On October 7, 2017 the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office released information regarding a reckless driving incident. After receiving an overwhelming number of responses and messages from our community we would like to reassure citizens the incident clearly warrants further investigation.
We are seeking any eyewitnesses of this incident. We are thankful for everyone’s comments and messages. Please rest assured, Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III and BCSO staff will continue to protect the rights of all citizens of Bernalillo County. Incidents like this are takenserious and a thorough investigation will be conducted.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact our detectives at 505-379-3742.
Updated: October 08, 2017 10:36 PM
Created: October 08, 2017 05:08 PM
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