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Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 11:45 a.m.
Here’s the Dash Cam and Body Cam video of exactly what happened.
Here’s the Dash Cam:
And here’s the Body Cam:
Complete videos on the Bike Law Youtube Channel.
Monday, February 10, 2020, 2:30 p.m.
I decided to give a statement to Channel 6 today because the Lopez family is understandably upset that articles and reports which piece together hearsay from a social media post and a police report do not accurately reflect what occurred on Saturday morning. Investigative Reporter Mike Holfeld and the folks at Click Orlando have been incredibly supportive of our efforts to make Florida a safer place to ride a bicycle and I felt comfortable clearing the air as much as possible at this juncture. Of course we all wish we could share more, but Javier’s best interest is what’s most important and we are still hoping for swift justice which sometimes, ironically, takes time.
I felt it was important to express that our involvement with this situation has nothing to do with Javier’s alleged failure to stop at the stop sign. I also want to reiterate our belief that obeying traffic laws and respecting law enforcement is the responsibility of all road users regardless of the number of wheels we choose.
What makes this situation so troublesome isn’t whether a boy or two failed to come to a complete stop. What’s disturbing is that a boy was thrown in jail for something he didn’t understand and something that both he and the only eye witness insist he didn’t do. At this time we do not have any evidence to support what is in the police report but do have video evidence which corroborates the testimony given by both Javier, the eye witness, and several other cyclists that were on that ride Saturday morning. It’s important to express that every cyclist on that ride that was an observer to Javier being cuffed and taken to jail acknowledged that if he had in fact not come to a complete stop that issuing a warning or ticket for the moving violation would have been a reasonable response by the Deputy Sheriff. No one was seeking special treatment or claiming to be above the law.
Our continued hope is that there is a resolution in the next couple of days that allows a fine young man with no prior citations, tickets, or arrests to put this horrible experience behind him and focus on the things he loves: going to college, working at his local bike shop, and riding his bike!
Sunday, February 9, 2020, 2:30 p.m.
Bike Law wants to thank the thousands of cyclists, clubs, coaches, and organizations who have spread the news about the arrest of Javier Lopez. I recognize how understandably concerned our community is and am always amazed by our diversity, unity, and resilience.
We also want to thank the many of you who tagged and reached out to us to help. Your faith in us to protect the rights of cyclists is much appreciated.
We were contacted by Javier and his family yesterday shortly after it occurred, and I spent the morning today with them. We will be helping them through this ordeal.
We are conducting an independent investigation and have been in contact with the appropriate officials.
Javier is a remarkable young man and it’s Bike Law’s honor to help him out. While we are not in a position to disclose any further information today, and while it’s understandable why our community is outraged, I am happy to report that we are working on a path forward to resolve this matter as swiftly as possible. We will share more information as soon as we are able.
Until then, please rest assured that Javier is safe and comfortable at home with his family. We ask that their privacy be respected and thank you all for coming together during their time of need.
Javier and his family this morning (L – R: Annette, Gabrielle 14, Javier Jr. 18, Javier Sr.).