[NYCkayaker] {NYCWTA} kayak race timer arrested yesterday?

Chris Schiffner chris@schiffner.com
Mon Apr 22 12:57:44 EDT 2013


Riding a bike near a finish line is trouble? Sure... I suppose anyone wearing sunglasses near a finish line, carrying any bag, or not walking fast (or slow) enough is trouble too. In fact,  we should outlaw any and all travel. And don't get me started on people transporting goods. Send em to Guantanamo!

Sincerely,
Christopher Schiffner
chris@schiffner.com
http://www.schiffner.com

On Apr 22, 2013, at 11:50 AM, David Menken <dmenken60@gmail.com> wrote:

> It's common sense not to give law enforcement the wrong impression.  You
> don't go for the glove compartment when you're stopped by police, even if
> it's to get your registration, unless you make it clear what you're doing.
> You don't mention the word "bomb" on a plane, even you're talking about a
> bad movie.  You don't bicycle near a finish line less than a week after a
> bombing with a timer in a backpack.  It's asking for trouble, when it would
> be so easy to simply avoid it.  David Menken.
> 
> 
> On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 10:27 AM, Martin Kaminer
> <martin.kaminer@gmail.com>wrote:
> 
>> Guy should be very glad he wasn't carrying a starter pistol!  He'd be in
>> Guantanamo by now, or worse. :)
>> 
>> On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 10:18 AM, Nancy Brous <nbrous@gmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>>> i totally agree, agassi.
>>> 
>>> people who are doing no wrong need to be able to live their lives as
>>> usual - he is a cyclist and this is how he carries things.  it sounds
>>> like his only possible "crime" was riding against traffic in the park.
>>> 
>>> this was the perfect storm of high alert and someone by chance
>>> carrying something that, having seen it myself (its a little slow!),
>>> looks like what one imagines an incendiary device looks like - timer,
>>> switches, wires, and home-made.
>>> but in spite of looking like something Wile E Coyote would fabricate
>>> to catch the road runner, the "device" is intended for a totally
>>> legitimate use and our cyclist friend has at least 12 people who can
>>> vouch for its actual use as a sprint-timer.
>>> 
>>> one thing that bothers me is that i fear if he weren't an
>>> english-speaking blue-eyed white guy, he'd be in jail right now or
>>> worse.
>>> 
>>> On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 9:41 AM, Agassi Nakhapetian <agas6@yahoo.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>> I know the person and feel really bad about this incident.
>>>> Naturally there was no ill intent on his part. When it comes to the
>>>> timer-its used for timing practices and sprint drills.
>>>> I don't know what the outcomes of this incident should be as I was not
>>> there
>>>> and don't know the details but I would assume that biker may get a
>> ticket
>>>> for riding where he was not suppose to be biking and police may need to
>>>> provide public apology for holding this person and/or compensate for
>> any
>>>> stress caused.
>>>> as far as causing alert-i don't how and if we as members of society we
>>>> should alter our lives in fear of causing high alert.
>>>> does that mean that we should stop carrying large cases? or stop
>> wearing
>>>> dark sunglasses?
>>>> I think we should continue to go about our business and people paid to
>>>> protect us should do what they need to keep us safe, hopefully without
>>>> abusing power. and if we happen to cross the line-not forget to rectify
>>> the
>>>> damage.
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> ________________________________
>>>> From: Ray Fusco <Ray@rayfuscoinc.com>
>>>> To: NYC Water Trail <nyc-water-trail@googlegroups.com>; nyckayaker
>> post
>>>> <nyckayaker@rockandwater.net>
>>>> Sent: Monday, April 22, 2013 9:20 AM
>>>> Subject: {NYCWTA} kayak race timer arrested yesterday?
>>>> 
>>>> Hi Group,
>>>> 
>>>> Does anyone know anything about this?
>>>> 
>>>> There was a small incident where police stopped a man on a bike riding
>>>> against race traffic with a large backpack. Inside his backpack was a
>>>> cardboard box with holes for triggers and a screen with a clock, which
>>> had
>>>> NYPD ready to arrest him.
>>>> 
>>>> In the end, he was a timer on his way to time a kayak race and his
>> timing
>>>> equipment was in a box to protect it from weather.  I'm wondering if
>>> anyone
>>>> might know who this person is and what kind of timing equipment he
>> might
>>>> have had?
>>>> 
>>>> As far as I know, he was released but some people were upset that he
>>> should
>>>> not have been in the park riding against a race with everyone on high
>>> alert.
>>>> My thought is that he probably had no idea about the race.
>>>> 
>>>> Ray Fusco
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