The person ticketed was 34 year old Chris Jackson of Venice. The officer stopped him for “blocking” the bike path. In the YouTube video (posted below) you can see the discussion between Jackson and the officer. The video shows no real arguing, but simple discussion and reasoning by both of them.
Jackson’s helmet camera captured the discussion which took place on the Venice Beach bike path. Initially, he was ticketed for speeding under California Vehicle Code 22350, which turns out to be the basic speed law.
In the video Jackson explains to the officer that he did not break any law by crossing the path's dotted yellow line, and points out other cyclists riding on the wrong side, and pedestrians illegally walking on the bike path. He explains that the officers motorcycle was blocking the path and that was why he crossed the broken yellow line. At one point Jackson told the officer he was glad he (the officer) was saying this on camera. The officer replied “I don’t care”.
That didn’t make any difference to Officer Gracey, as he explained to Jackson,
"Listen to me, sir. The reason why I'm going to write you for unsafe speed is because you are arguing with me," Gracey says. "This is a catch-all, 22350. Because you're riding on the wrong side of the back path, you're looking at me, and you're complaining because my emergency vehicle is on the bike path. And that's unsafe speed. Looking in the wrong direction, traveling in the wrong way, that's unsafe."
The ticket was canceled “in the interest of justice,” according to NBCNews and noted that LAPD is conducting an investigation into the Officer Gracey’s conduct.
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