Cop Caught on Tape Driving Into Cyclist Will Face Charges

The officer who drove the wrong way down Jay Street and injured a cyclist near the foot of the Manhattan Bridge last month will face three misdemeanor counts filed by the Brooklyn District Attorney.

Louis Ramos, an officer with the 84th Precinct, was behind the wheel of a squad car with his partner, Paris Anderson, when they struck 61-year-old Yu Tong Chan at the intersection of Jay and Sands Street, which sees some of the heaviest bike traffic in the city. Chan was knocked off his bike and sustained a broken nose. He later reported the incident, but the officers did not.

Surveillance footage posted by 1010 WINS shows the officers hit Chan, then exit their vehicle for about four minutes before driving away. According to the Daily News, during this time the officers "helped the victim to the sidewalk and gave him tissues to clean the cuts and abrasions on his face, arms and legs." Both explained their failure to report the collision by claiming that they thought Chan had fallen off his bike after being startled by the lights and sirens of the patrol car.

The Brooklyn DA has charged Ramos with reckless driving, reckless assault, and leaving the scene of an accident. The arraignment will be held tomorrow.


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