Village Voice: Council Grills NYPD About Cycling Death

Erika Lefevre and Steve Vaccaro

The City Council berates the NYPD for the mishandling of Mathieu Lefevre’s investigation, which has become a rallying cry for advocates seeking to change NYPD policy on traffic collision investigations.

As a mayor preoccupied with his legacy, Mike Bloomberg takes pride in the sweeping transformation of New York into a bicycle-friendly metropolis under his Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.

Cycling advocates have said for years that the NYPD doesn’t take the safety of bicyclists seriously—that when a bicyclist is killed or injured by a reckless motorist, the police perform a cursory investigation at best, are quick to blame the victim, and almost never charge the motorist with a crime.

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