New York police officer caught on video hitting biker with his carBy Mason White 5:29 AM March 24, 2013
|New York police cruiser chases motor bike|
By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) A new video was released this week that shows how a New York police officer intentionally rammed his vehicle into a speeding biker that killed one of the riders and injured another, according to video uploaded to the internet.
A recently released video shows the moment the police patrol car crashed into the motorcycle during a chase in Hunts Point, killing the motorcycle driver and injuring his passenger.
Eddie Fernandez, 28, died last summer. His passenger, Adalberto Gonzalez, 27, was wounded and arrested.
Gonzalez’s attorney, has now filed a lawsuit against New York City for damages in the suspected intentional assault, which is against police protocol.
“Psychologically, he is ruined. Watching his best friend die was not easy,” lawyer Peter Ronai told a local television news station.
He said the video serves as proof that the police intended to hit the two, despite an New York Police Department policy not to hit dirt bikers.
“The police officer barrels on them like a scud missile,” Ronai said. “They were dead ducks. They had no chance. Their only crime was biking. They paid for that with their lives,” the lawyer added.
Gonzalez is scheduled to appear in court on Monday on charges of reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and reckless driving.
After the accident, Hamilton Nunez, of the 41st Precinct, told a New York based newspaper that NYPD policy was not to chase cyclists aground because it was too dangerous.
“We do not want to pursue them,” Nunez said. “Every time they stop we arrest them,” Nunez added.
The New York Police Department Patrol Guide prohibits ramming in an attempt to stop a vehicle.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view