Biking while black in Tampa- Mtbr.com
Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Moderator Moderator
    Reputation: mtbxplorer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    7,726

    Biking while black in Tampa

    In Florida, police are waging a war on black bicycle riders, investigators say - The Washington Post

    Please make note of the forum guidelines if you are considering making any negative commentary... Mtbr Posting Guidelines

  2. #2
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Texan-n-Fla's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Posts
    898
    I have a few friends who live up in the area, and typically ride through the lower income neighborhoods to work, play, and the store, and several have made comments of a similar nature. I live in a lower income area of Tampa Bay, and I won't say that such behavior is commonplace, but it certainly isn't rare, on both sides. Because of this, I have several pictures of my bike on my phone, including serial number and of me with the shop owner the day I got it.
    Bourbon: Because no good story ever started with "So, there we were eating salads".

  3. #3
    mtbr member
    Reputation: BrianMc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    4,438
    The seizing of property suspected to have been acquired by criminal activity or used in criminal activity with no more than the suspicion of the officer is being abused in many jurisdictions these days. The phone idea is good when showing the bike being purchased. We did not have crap like this when I bought my bike.

    Anybody could photo the SN off the BB. I have a record of it. That does not prove I own it, though I do. Before the repaint, I had the university registration sticker, and that sort of official registration as proof of ownership would be worth its cost in some jurisdictions now, it seems. I don't think I can prove I own my bike unless the store I bought it from has good records going back about 35 years. If the statute of limitations is 7 years, I do have the e-mail orders for the bike parts describing it, and so showing I have owned it for at least 7 years.

    Using that kind of logic about suspicious origins or use, police could impound the clothes that you are wearing then charge you with indecent exposure. This would really rankle if riding fully legally and with no history of being a suspicious character.

  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Texan-n-Fla's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Posts
    898
    The saving grace of the photo of the sn is that it is dated the same day that I bought it.
    Bourbon: Because no good story ever started with "So, there we were eating salads".

Similar Threads

  1. Black hills mountain biking appreciation thread
    By Jack McNeil in forum Great Plains - OK, KS, NE, SD, ND
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 11-22-2015, 07:51 AM
  2. Hello from Tampa
    By ZBoater in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 05-14-2014, 10:22 PM
  3. Black Hills Mountain Biking - Jumps and More
    By Bicyclelist in forum Videos and POV Cameras
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 05-11-2012, 08:48 PM
  4. Hey Tampa Bay
    By Seven Point in forum Southeast/Midsouth - GA, TN, AL, FL, MS, LA, AR
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-05-2012, 04:19 PM
  5. Tampa?
    By bubs21 in forum Southeast/Midsouth - GA, TN, AL, FL, MS, LA, AR
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 02-08-2012, 02:40 PM

Members who have read this thread: 0

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

THE SITE

ABOUT MTBR

VISIT US AT

© Copyright 2020 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.