Perth Amboy, NJ — In “the land of the free and brave,” the government will often times come after you for being involved in a harmless, normal, and common activity — like setting up a lemonade stand — and terrorize innocent people. If you fail to get permission from the state or city to engage in said activity, they can and will bring the hammer down on you (or your little children).
Several children in Perth Amboy, New Jersey learned this the hard way recently after they were swarmed by cops for not having city “license tags” on their bicycles.
The cops and the courts in the city of Perth Amboy are tyrants. Thanks to greedy politicians and proponents of the police state, citizens who wish to ride a bicycle — even children — must pay a fee to get permission every year for the privilege of being in public on a bicycle. According to the ridiculous law, citizens must ask the chief of police for permission to ride their bicycles:
An application for a license to own and operate a bicycle shall be made to the Chief of Police in writing upon a form approved by the City Council. Upon approval of an application, the Chief of Police shall provide, at the expense of the city, a proper license tag which shall be attached to the frame of the bicycle in a substantial manner. The removal of such tag, except by proper authority, shall be a violation of this chapter. A license fee of fifty cents ($0.50) shall be charged per year for each bicycle. Such license shall be issued as of the calendar year and shall be effective for such period.
Of course this makes the cops look and feel big and powerful – to harass and bully innocent little children. But this is tyranny more obvious than the common everyday tyranny with which citizens have grown accustomed. Protecting the public from unauthorized bicycles??? What’s next – licenses to walk in public?
If you fail to follow the legislation to the ‘T,’ police and government claim the authority to steal your bicycle, extort, and even kidnap and cage you.
A. Any bicycle being operated or propelled in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter, upon the personal observation of a law enforcement officer, is subject to immediate confiscation. A confiscated bicycle shall be returned upon payment of any fine imposed or upon any final adjudication.
B. Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a fine not in excess of fifty dollars ($50) or imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten (10) days, or both, and provided further, that the court may, in addition to the penalty provided herein, suspend or revoke any license issued under this chapter.
This week a group of teens biking through the town of Perth Amboy were swarmed by cops and targeted for harassment. The reason for the stop by multiple police cars? No bicycle licenses.
The teens didn’t live in Perth Amboy, however, and they attempted to tell the officers they live in Edison — a nearby town that doesn’t have the draconian bicycle license requirement — and they were on their way home. But the cops were having none of it.
When police stopped the teens on three or four bikes, at least six cop cars came for back up. You can’t be too careful when dealing with teens on bikes. It was obviously a major crime scene. The officers then ordered the teens off their bicycles before stealing the bikes and arresting one of the teens for accusing the officers of stealing their bicycles.
The scene continued to play out at the police station where the kids were scolded for forcing the cops to terrorize them to “protect them from harm.”
This is what riding a bike on a street is like in a police state.