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Ridgewood Police Break Up “Flash Mob” Disrupting Traffic

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photos courtesy of Boyd Loving

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Police took one (1) individual into custody on Sunday afternoon, 07/26, in connection with an incident involving a “flash mob” group of bicyclists making their way through the Village’s central business district. The bicyclists were initially observed disrupting traffic on Lincoln Avenue in Hawthorne. They then made their way through a residential neighborhood of Glen Rock before heading into Ridgewood on South Broad Street. No police officers were injured in the incident. The remaining cyclists scattered after the arrest was made. A police supervisor reported that the individual taken into custody was likely a minor. He was transported to Ridgewood Police headquarters for processing. Police at the scene did not reveal what charges would be pressed. Dozens of civilians witnessed the the incident unfold and the subsequent arrest.

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69 thoughts on “Ridgewood Police Break Up “Flash Mob” Disrupting Traffic

  1. It takes 2 policemen to arrest a 15 yr old?.One of them grabbing his neck from behind before body slamming him to the ground before cuffing him? . Really unnecessary use of force.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CDHnDZxFv1S/

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  2. Disrupting what traffic. That part of the street was closed. The minor was not displaying any reckless or threatening behavior to warrant that type of force. Not good.

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  3. When your Mom dies in an ambulance that cannot get down a street because it is blocked by criminal activity let us know how you feel then. Also such videos only see the second part. These kids believe they do not have to comply with any lawful orders. They contribute to the final outcome

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  4. How can anyone think this is all right and I agree with you . They are causing trouble and up to no good and can cause the life as you said of someone else because of their careless antics. They all should have been arrested and not let go. Who is raising these animals these days My children grew up respecting adult and Authority. These little forgive me bastard need to go to church like my children did and go out and help people in need. They are nothing but privileged little brats 😡

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  5. the parents should be held responsible for any damages done

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  6. I would have love to see the cops beat the hell out of that scumbag. These kids totally disrespect everyone. Their parents must be proud. I was hoping to see “Rodney King II” preformed on this kid. Please stop criticizing the police. He wouldn’t be in that situation if he was acting like a responsible kid.

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  7. Are you people crazy?? The police slammed this boy to the ground…watch the footage!

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  8. Officer, may I recommend you use your nightstick.

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  9. Round all the little anarchists up. Cite them for failure to comply with a lawful order and obstruction pf traffic flow. Confiscate their bikes. Load them into a department of corrections bus and deliver them to their enclaves for their parents and neighbors to see.

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  10. Cite the little anarchists for failure to comply with a lawful order and obstruction of traffic. Confiscate their bikes. Have a department of corrections bus deliver them to their enclaves for their parents and neighbors to see.

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  11. Witnessed this event yesterday. The police were not rough at all. They arrested him and he resisted. He was screaming and they were just holding his handcuffs. He put on a big show for the videos.

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  12. The short clip is certainly a poor visual given aggressiveness otherwise pleased that this nonsense was nipped in the bud before something serious happened. Enough with this do whatever excuse whatever nonsense. Facts will come out. Same crap was being pulled last week in Glen Rock and a friend had to evade being hit. If anyone is creating problems to public then police have right to bring in and charge whether as adult or juvenile.

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  13. The poster of the video edited out the prior 46 seconds. I’ll wait to see that 46 seconds before I pass judgement on any one. Howevr, Diners who witnessed the events leading up to this said the mob was riding at servers who were carrying trays, riding THROUGH dining tents, riding at strollers, cursing at pedestrians, etc.

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  14. I need to see the video.

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  15. If a police officer asks you to stop doing something and you refuse you get arrested. If you resist arrest you get this video. It’s just that simple.

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  16. These little punks need to be arrested. These are not good kids like they’re making them out to be. This group has been terrorizing pedestrians and drivers for weeks. It’s time they’re dealt with.
    Where are the parents?? People are quick to blame the police, blah blah blah, but these brats should know better. They’re a bunch of delinquents out to cause trouble.. these are not a group of boys out for a ride.
    Again, I ask , where are the parents?

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  17. First protesters, then mobs, next Joe Biden and the liberals Dems coming for the suburbs.
    Before all you “woke” women vote check out his HUD plan which aims for a federal takeover of local zoning laws. Property values go down, schools get impacted.
    They hate privilege…..

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  18. God, please let it be on of these people kids. Maybe just maybe they’ll shut the fuck up.

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  19. God, please let it be on of these people kids. Maybe just maybe they’ll shut the f up.

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  20. we must crack down hard on this type of distruptive behavior. Anyone who is disturbing the public in such a way must be dealt with seriously and quicker. Kudos to the Ridgewood PD for taking action.

    And so, in closing, Black Lives Matter is a Marxist organization seeking to overthrow the government of the United States.

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  21. It is not a “mob” It’s called a “rideout” and we do it for nothing, but good causes. We do not mean to cause any harm to anything or anyone. We ride in the street because we can’t take over the whole sidewalk and if we go to a park we get kicked out within minutes so we’re left with nowhere to ride at. If only you guys knew how big of a smile these bikes put on these children’s faces and all the Karen’s want to cry and call the police because of PEDAL BIKES. If you do not want pedal bikes in the street make a bike park I repeat, if you do not want pedal bikes in the street make a bike park.

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  22. The little turd looked weak-kneed when he got up.
    That was a great example of how difficult it is to handcuff somebody, especially when they put up a fight. Add 100 lbs. to that little turd, throw on some muscle, maybe get him a little high, wait for darkness, give him a little more attitude, then let’s see how difficult it is to effectuate an arrest.
    Maybe we should defund the police, let anarchy spread, and then let the mob take care of things.
    BLM…..a movement built on a lie.

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  23. I blame the parents of these kids because they’re being brainwashed. They’re so stupid and naïve they think that doing all this bullshit he’s going to make the world a better place. It’s definitely not. I teach my kids all lives matter. I don’t pick out one particular group, what the hell is wrong with these people. I was brought up to treat everybody the same it was never Any kind of hate towards people in my home growing up. And I grew up in Hudson County.

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  24. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. Different paths in life. Hopefully these kids get scolded by responsible parents rather than coddled.

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  25. It is not a “mob” it’s a rideout and they’ve never done it for anything but good causes. They’ve never meant harm to anything or anyone, but when the police kick them out of the parks where do they go? They’ve tried empty parking lots, empty backroads, etc so they can do their wheelie tricks and nobody bothers them, but of course the police always kicks them out so they have to go on the street. These kids ask for police escort so they wouldn’t get labeled as a mob and of course they do anyway. If only you saw how talented these kids are on these pedal bikes maybe you’d change your mind.

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  26. GOOD JOB – RIDGEWOOD POLICE !! THANK YOU !!

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  27. Don’t kick those kids out of the park then complain why they’re riding on the street. Make them a bike park

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  28. The comments on this feed are deeply disturbing. Please become better informed about the language that you use- mobs and thugs!! If police officers cannot manage their slight frustrations regardless of the situation, then we are all doomed. Police officers should NEVER manhandle a child like this! What about stopping to talk with the child, or using other non- violent methods? This video doesn’t NOTHING to support the idea that officers have any control over their aggressions. Stop justifying their violent behavior.

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  29. Are these Ridgewood high students?

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  30. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. The futures of youngsters at this age are still being shaped. Hopefully be held accountable by their parent(s) for any antics rather than dismissively defended .

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  31. Just watched the Instagram video. Glad RPD took care of the little turd. But why aren’t the cops wearing masks ?

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  32. No.

  33. No, not from Ridgewood

  34. I’ve seen these kids cruising on bikes in the park. Where are they from?

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  35. “If you do not want pedal bikes in the street make a bike park I repeat, if you do not want pedal bikes in the street make a bike park.”

    Stop ..bike trails all around bergen…these kids do this purposely. Nothing to do w riding in street vs sidewalk. They do the same thing on Lincoln Ave…maybe it will end when one of them gets hit by a car

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  36. Jay and Giovanni – these aren’t
    harmless rideout’s. You little assholes ran into waitresses carrying loaded trays, rode through dining tents, rode at babies in strollers etc. Have you never heard of security cameras? They captured your selfish actuons, Someone could have been seriously injured. So STFU and go read a book or do something constructive with your pathetic lives.

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  37. Look to be from Hawthorne-Passaic County

    Hawthorne has had its issues with them according to this

    https://www.tapinto.net/towns/hawthorne/sections/roads-and-traffic/articles/residents-complain-of-obnoxious-young-bike-riders-posing-road-risks

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  38. Yo, my stomach…STFU.
    Go home little man…

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  39. These criminals are antifa terrorists trying to recruit children in to sex slavery for liberals and progressives. They all need to be rounded up and deported immediately.

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  40. I swerved on Ridgewood Ave to avoid this group of “bike riders” last week. They were encroaching the center line and riding into oncoming traffic (lane I was driving in). When I honked my horn I was met with a chorus of “f— you!”

    To mouth off at the first cop who was acting professionally and then resist by pulling his bike away made the 2nd cop’s actions 100% justified.

    I hope these kids’ parents dish out some warranted discipline. Selfish @$$hole teenagers- without proper chastisement and correction- will grow up into d-bag men.

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  41. The police were not in the wrong here. They were doing their job and keeping the town safe. If you watch the video the cyclists were creating the drama around the situation. Police officers need to keep order and if you disobey the officer you need to be taken away from the scene for a “time out” to have a talk and be taught a lesson. Do I agree with the force needed no… but if one does not willingly comply with an officer’s request then I see why the force is implemented. This boy was not put in any danger when he was brought to the ground. This is obviously what is taught in police training to prevent further injury to both parties involved. Please teach your children right from wrong. It all begins at home. Good day.

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  42. For any future “flash mobbers”, you may want to read the following before venturing out:

    https://www.nj.com/south-jersey-voices/2016/06/post_508.html

    Yes, the law applies to everyone.

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  43. Whether it’s called a “flash mob” or a “ride out”, future participants may want to read the following:

    https://www.nj.com/south-jersey-voices/2016/06/post_508.html

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  44. Yeah, okay, so these kiddies riding bikes are somehow now “Antifa.” Get a life you loser.

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  45. Just wanted to leave a comment supporting our police. Unfortunately the cancel mob and left wing media will demonize any public support of policies to the right of Mao (see Ariya Scala’s recent attacks), including support of our police, but these idiots on bikes deliberately dare residents to hit them as part of “bike culture” so they can harass moms and kids. Sick wheelies, bros! What tools.

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  46. these kids should be removed from their parents home and given to foster care

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  47. anyone under 17 not wearing a helmet should have been ticketed

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  48. parents should be prosecuted

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  49. the parents must be real housewives of NJ material

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  50. Let me guess, the liberals automatically siding with the punks instead of the cops. All the while they want to defund the police while embracing the thugs and rioters throughout the country. Morons!

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