Trooper Claims SUV Attack Victim's Uncle Ordered Clampdown On Bikers

A New York State Trooper admitted on video that Alexian Lien, the Range Rover driver in the infamous SUV vs biker attack, has an uncle who is a boss in the State Troopers and he has "sent the word down" to stop any and all bikers for the smallest offences.


The video shows two bikers getting stopped on the Palisades Parkway going north out of the city, about fifteen minutes from where Alexian Lien was beaten in front of his wife and two-year-old child. The state trooper uses his SUV as a temporary roadblock — stopping across traffic — to pull over two riders for allegedly speeding. The trooper asks the rider if his helmet cam is on and the rider lies, saying it's off.

The trooper ends up letting them go with a warning, and then explains that law enforcement in the New York area is on the lookout for bikers.

I'm gonna give you a fair warning, okay? It's off limits right now. Anything over five over the speed limit — you guys are going to get stopped, you guys are going to get written. After what happened in New York City, this is what they're doing.

Okay, the guy who was assaulted — his uncle is one of our bosses on our job. So he sent the word down, that all these bikes are getting stopped, and they're going to get written.

NYC bikers — watch out, the cops are after you.


As a rider, I've been pretty outspoken against the bikers who attacked Lien. I think that reckless showboating and obnoxious riding is epidemic among those participating in group rides (which is one of the reasons why I won't participate in these). I've said before that it's important that we talk about this - and let our opinions be known that this kind of riding is not acceptable...and talk about what to do about it, and avoid sweeping heavy-handed police tactics.

Here we are, looking at sweeping heavy-handed police tactics that don't address problem riders, but target anyone who happens to be on a motorcycle (perhaps singling out sport bikers, because they're an easy target).

While I understand that there is some serious douchebaggery happening on these rides, this is not the solution. This is just the police doing something for the sake of doing something, and these kinds of tactics don't work. They hurt law-abiding riders, and they harm community relations with the police. This is not what we need.