“Cops Who Confiscated Bikes Carried Out ‘Racist Policy’ — And Don’t Even Know the Law They Cited” — Streetsblog

The policy was not only questionable, but it was wrong, said lawyer Steve Vaccaro. When their bikes were confiscated, the cyclists were merely sitting in the park — not riding, as required in the state’s VTL 1236, which states, “No person shall operate a bicycle unless it is equipped with a bell or other device capable of giving […]


Gothamist – Bike Cop Tickets Bicyclist For Biking On Bike Path

One NYPD cop of the Central Park precinct decided to ticket cyclists for doing something that is completely legal. Gothamist covered the story, and attorney Steve Vaccaro represented the cyclists: The cyclist took photos of the officer’s curious enforcement techniques, which were later sent to the Central Park Precinct. The cyclist and his attorney, Steve […]


DNA Info – This NYPD Officer Has Handed Out the Most Bicycle Summonses in the City

DNA Info uncovers one NYPD police officer who has written far more tickets to cyclists than any other. Attorney Steve Vaccaro reflects on the uptick in tickets for cyclists over the past few year: Steve Vaccaro, a bike advocate and lawyer, said the dramatic increase in tickets during the past three years may be because […]


Daily News: “In 179 fatalities involving on-duty NYPD cops in 15 years, only 3 cases led to indictments — and just 1 conviction”

The Daily News interviewed Steve Vaccaro about the Shereese Francis case in connection with a broader report on the failure to prosecute police in instances of fatal misconduct. A Daily News analysis of NYPD-involved deaths starts with the 1999 slaying of unarmed Amadou Diallo in a hail of bullets in the Bronx and ends with […]