Bikers Michael Cates and Russell Ayers were out riding with a group of friends when a police cruiser nearly drove through a group of their bikes at 100 mph in a 60 mph zone.
The cops eventually pulled the livid bikers over, and the situation quickly escalated.
When Ayers called one of the cops an “f***ing idiot,” the cop’s partner demanded he apologize.
“All I want you to do is apologize for what you called my brother, the guy I go into battle with every day,” the cop told Ayers after he accused the cop of driving dangerously. “I’m not justifying that, you’re right. That’s unsafe. I’m not justifying that behavior, what I’m telling you that when you call my brother an idiot we’ve got problems.”
Ayers, however, refused to apologize, and Cates rushed to his friends aid by saying that the cop was indeed acting like a “f***ing idiot.” The bikers were eventually threatened with jail time for simply calling out a police officer, but they continued to refuse to back down.
Eventually, the bikers were told they were free to leave, but this wasn’t the end of their harassment from police that day.
“We pulled around all the cop cars and parked,” Cates later recounted, “got off our bikes and we left about 30 minutes after that. Went back to our town three miles away and met a [T]homasville cop. He turned around in the middle of the road to come chase us. We pulled in a restaurant and he pulled in across the street to a parking lot where he sat until we left. When we left my friend went left and I went right. The cop followed me until I pulled over on the shoulder he pulled up beside me. I asked him to stop following me, then he went around me.”
Ayers also later released a statement about his ordeal.
“I was about killed by a negligent officer, and I will not be silenced under the 1st amendment,” Ayers wrote. “With that said I do have respect for 99% of all law enforcement. It’s just … the 1% really make the rest look bad.”
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