The Police Are Weaponizing Bikes. Should Brands Stop Selling to Them?

As protests against police brutality and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement have swept the nation, in response to George Floyd’s killing by a former Minnesota police officer on May 25, police officers have been caught using bikes as makeshift weapons against demonstrators.

The images and videos, quickly spreading over social media, are eye-opening for many. In New York City, an officer allegedly used his bike to push back protesters. In Atlanta, an officer escalated a situation by using his bike as a weapon, only to have it wrested away from him by a bystander. In Seattle, officers in gas masks allegedly used bikes to corral protestors while their compatriots on the other side advanced. In Philadelphia, Police Staff Inspector Joseph Bologna Jr.—who has a history of misconduct—lunged at a young protestor who tapped his bike tire, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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