Fourth Biker Facing Charges in New York SUV Chase - U.S. News
A van is an unusual self defense weapon. It’s not good at much except driving down the road. It’s a soccer moms friend. But it was good enough to help a man with his family attempt to escape an assault by a biker gang. Sadly a person relatively uninvolved or perhaps even trying to de escalate the situation was very badly injured and may be paralyzed. The legal lesson is this looks like a classic justifiable use of (potentially) deadly force to escape a threat.
The practical lesson may also teach a harsh one about police response times, the ability to get help and weapons of last resort. If that had been an off duty cop taking a beating I suspect he would have pulled a gun if he had one. Sadly the man involved had no good way out and is quite lucky to be alive. He was helpless on the ground, allegedly getting stomped. Stomp a mans neck and you may well kill him.
UPDATE-Link to CNN Video where they have many if not all of the multiple videos.
By Henry Austin, NBC News and Ida Siegal, NBC New York
A fourth biker is facing charges in connection with a high-speed chase which ended in an assault on a family’s SUV, law enforcement officials said Monday.
The 29-year-old Brooklyn man was seen on video punching and kicking the driver, Alexian Lien, while he was on the ground, officials told NBC New York. He is expected to be charged with gang assault.
The arrest comes a day after a third motorcyclist, Reginald Chance, 37, was arraigned on charges he used his helmet to smash through the front window of Lien’s Range Rover before he was pulled from the vehicle and assaulted in front of his wife and toddler.
John Marshall Mantel / NYT via Redux Pictures
Reginald Chance, accused of triggering a bloody confrontation between bikers and an SUV driver in New York City last week.
Chance was charged with gang assault, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal mischief and unlawful imprisonment and a judge set his bail at $100,000.