Ride of the Century in Missouri Gets Out of Hand

DanaReevesLungs

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When accusing police officers of excessive force, it's often helpful to have a video of the situation, but in this case, the video might do more harm than good. During the 10th Annual "Streetfighterz Ride of the Century," police and highway patrol near St. Louis, Missouri attempted to contain that gaggle of road-hogging motorcyclists when things get really out of hand.

In the first video posted below, the motorcycle riders are shown performing dangerous stunts such as wheelies as well as riding erratically on the road and on the shoulder. At some point during their ride, police set up a roadblock to corral the hundreds of motorcycles occupying every lane of traffic, but instead of stopping, most riders attempt to scatter. As you can see in the image above, some attempted to elude police by riding the wrong way up the highway entrance ramp. According to local news network KSDK, a total of 32 people were arrested and 155 tickets were issued between the Missouri Highway Patrol and the St. Louis County police.

The description for of the videos, supplied by a rider, argues that the police acted dangerously by using brute force, ramming and PIT maneuvers to stop the motorcycles.
Additional video at Link

I'm kind of torn on this one. While I do not side with the riders acting like assholes, I can't justify some of what the cops did in response. How do you corral a large number of riders like that and do it safely, I'm not sure. But I don't think MHP handled it correctly. The roadblock should've been setup somewhere far from an exit/entrance ramp.
 

mr. sin

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i was listening to the highway patrol radios on radioreference as this happened and they even had swat activated for this even due to riders going over 120mph on the bikes
 
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They jam up the entire interstate by using all the lanes at the same speed, then they commit felony evading and endanger others by driving the wrong way, and they have the balls to blame the police? That entire rolling roadblock should have been corralled directly into an abandoned mine shaft.
 

LiLJimmysHog

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Fuckem, would like to see them become grease stains on the road.
 

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Impact #1: Rider in the grass attempting to illegally avoid being stopped by crossing the medium and going wrong direction on off ramp.

Impact #2 Rider going wrong way on the on ramp runs into patrol car which has perfect lane position.

Point video?
 

Gorilla Pimp

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Impact #1: Rider in the grass attempting to illegally avoid being stopped by crossing the medium and going wrong direction on off ramp.

Impact #2 Rider going wrong way on the on ramp runs into patrol car which has perfect lane position.

Point video?
POLICE BRUTALITY!!!!