So Much for Bicycle-Friendly Portland Reputation

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Summary

Jermaine Robinson, left, in a photo provided by his lawyer, Edie Rogoway. Also pictured is his wife Vivian. Rogoway said the couple received matching bicycles as wedding gifts from her sister’s family.

Jermaine Robinson, left, in a photo provided by his
lawyer, Edie Rogoway. Also pictured is his wife Vivian.
Rogoway said the couple received matching bicycles
as wedding gifts from her sister’s family.

The City of Hillsboro and two of its police officers may head to trial this fall over a largely unreported 2012 incident in which the officers Tasered a 39-year-old Hillsboro man and kneed him into the ground after he allegedly rolled through a “don’t walk” light on his bike and then refused to give his name.

The interaction escalated over the course of three minutes from an evening traffic stop to a Taser-assisted takedown of a man who by all accounts had never attempted to physically harm the officers, though he did pull away from them when they tried to restrain and tackle him without warning.


TakeAways

Where were these cops when Randy Cohen was making his StreetsBlog videos? Do you think this would have happened if the cyclist had been white? Be sure to see the images of the cyclist on the ground.