Sunday, July 02, 2017

Motorist Accused Of Pulling Gun On "Critical Mass" Bikers

Doty (inset) is accused of brandishing a handgun as the Critical Mass bike ride passed him. | Milosh Kosanovich
We’ve all seen Chicago’s Critical Mass bicycle tours—the seemingly mile-long stretch of bike riders who pedal their way through the streets on the last Friday of every month.

Last Friday’s ride, dubbed a “14-mile ride & dance party,” went swimmingly as it rolled up the Magnificent Mile then turned south in Old Town.

As the bikers headed south on Halsted at Jackson around 7:50 p.m., one motorist was allegedly not too pleased with the event.

25-year-old Alexander Doty of the Chatham neighborhood is accused of displaying a handgun—either to get bike riders off of his car or to get the bike ride to let him through, depending on whose version of the story you’re hearing.

A police strike team just happened to be directly behind Doty’s car, and they immediately executed an arrest, the department said.

Doty is charged with one count of aggravated unlawful use of a loaded weapon without a firearms owner identification card.

At The Chainlink, biker Waymond Smith wrote about what he saw:
I saw the 4 officers jump out of the vehicle and remove the weapon from his hand, eject the rounds from the magazine and handcuff him. My concern was that people wanted to stop and gawk while I was telling them to keep moving because someone had a gun. Scary ride because of that! What happened to the [police] escort that we normally get?
Another rider named Juan said that Doty may have been provoked:
It happened as I was at the front of the mass. My voice was weak due to all the yelling before hand in trying to keep the mass together and asking the riders to let the cars pass. They just got out of control and sat on the guys hood. No bueno! That's when he put the car in park and went to the trunk of his auto to fetch the gun. 
Other posters suggested that Friday’s event may have had some unwelcome participants. SteveI was among them:
A few more incidents like this from riders will encourage Chicago to question whether they continue to allow the ride or not. Let's not give the Chicago a choice. Call out those responsible for showing aggressiveness on the ride, and show the police chaperoning us we appreciate their assistance and help on the ride. Please.
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14 comments:

  1. I’m not condoning what the guy did by any means, but Critical Mass was fun a while back but the lack of adult supervision (as it were) means douchebags join the ride and act like assholes. I’m kind of surprised this hasn’t happened earlier.

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  2. These riders are complete morons who have no respect for anyone else. We have places to go. We don't need to be held up by these ass hats.

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    1. People on bikes have places to go too.

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  3. Maybe he didn't want to be late for the altar Boy meeting at 79th & Racine,.

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  4. I had a very negative experience with CM. I called 311. I emailed Tunney. Never heard back. This is not the 1st X CM harassed drivers. There was an incident on Balboa drive a few yrs ago.

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    1. Well, as a general rule, regardless of topic, when one emails the alderpuss, one seldom (if ever) is granted the courtesy of a response.

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  5. So now we have some cyclists that feel entitled and can do whatever they want ? Great news.

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  6. As an occasional rider with Critical Mass, I am clearly biased in favor of it. It's a great ride and the vast majority of people are friendly and try to bring a positive vibe to the event. But we all know every group has some bad apples and Critical Mass is no different. There is always a handful of aggressive, confrontational younger riders in attendance, but please keep in mind that they are in no way representative of the majority of peaceful bikers out there.

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  7. I thought bike riders were suppose to follow "The Rules of The Road" just like those of us that drive cars? Arrogant Ass Hats on two wheels deserve what they get. Organizers of the ride should police the ride themselves, if that is asking to much then disband the ride.

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  8. Probation and time served sentence?

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  9. A lot of bikers think they own the street --- and I've had to deal with them yelling at me just walking across the street and they not stopping when I had the right of way.

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  10. Well, he shouldn't have pulled a gun on anyone BUT based on what I've witnessed during Critical Mass rides, drivers are being provoked by bikers. Bikers hitting closed windows, yelling taunts at cars that have remained still, etc .. I've been called some terrible names just as a pedestrian stuck on the sidelines (at no point did I speak or make a movement toward any biker to provoke such spite). Not all bikers, but it only takes a few bad ones intent on spreading their brand of anger and hate to ruin it. Chicago drivers aren't exactly out for a joyride at 5pm on a Friday. The time and locations of these rides are proof they're only meant to be disruptive.

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  11. Easy solution... Thumbtacks.

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    1. Exactly.

      Bikers dont obey traffic signals...EVER.
      I would never ride a bike next to a 3000 pound vehicle because I guess I have what's known as common sense. No sympathy here.

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