A fairly worrisome video has been shared with the Free Thought Project this week purporting to show a man being arrested after police stopped him for riding a bike without a bell.
The video, posted to Facebook by user A Dot Norwood, shows officers from the Seaside Heights police department temporarily detaining a man who was riding his bike.
In the first brief video, the officers appear to stop the man and then let him go. However, in the second video, we see them stopping him again.
According to Norwood and the man being arrested, police stopped him for riding his bike without a bell on it. As the video shows, however, police quickly escalated charges as the man became agitated after he was stopped for such a ridiculous reason.
Within just a few seconds, the police officers are telling the man that he will be arrested for obstruction of justice because he is upset that he is currently facing harassment for lack of a bell on his bike.
“Under arrest for what?” the man asks.
To which the police reply, “obstruction.”
“Obstruction of what?” the man asks, “You’re telling me I need a bell on my bike.”
“That’s illegal,” says the officer. Moments later, police move in and place the man in handcuffs
“You see this, right?” the man asks Norwood. “They’re arresting me for not having a bell on my bike.”
If everything the arrested man said was true, police were indeed just doing their jobs. According to the ridiculous New Jersey state law, bikes have to have a bell.