I and 2 friends were hassled by a police officer despite not breaking any laws and threatened with tickets. The same officer broke the law. Archived

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While travelling up Chapel from Orange Street, I stopped at a red light at the Church Street intersection.

I was surprised to see a red jeep drive through the red light at about 5 miles in hour, because a police officer was also at the intersection.

The crosswalk light was on, and we proceeded to ride slowly--with no pedestrians in our lane--through the intersection.

This is perfectly legal, per section Sec. 14-286a, of CT statutes. New Haven has a local ordinance which bans sidewalk riding, but not crosswalk use, and per Sec. 14-286e, crosswalks are NOT sidewalks, and laws made in regard to one do not apply to the other.

The law is very clear on this matter, and I encourage our city police to read on it.

The cop was rude and disrespectful, told me he was sure I was right, but that losing a day's work to sit in court probably wasn't in my best interest, and bragged that he could issue tickets for 120/each to all 3 of us.

The same officer then ran a red light, parked illegally in front of the Starbucks at High Street, and went inside for a coffee.

He was driving car number 10 and it was Friday, July 29th, at 9 am.

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