The brutal biker SUV assault caught on camera in September was back in the news on Wednesday when an NYPD officer alleged to have participated in the attack pleaded not guilty to the charges against him in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Another three of the bikers from the group were also in court, and they also pleaded not guilty.
Detective Wojciech Braszczok attended court with his face and head totally covered in a scarf and hood in order to avoid the glare of the media cameras. Eleven bikers in total have been charged in the brutal beating of Alexian Lien in front of his wife and child.
The SUV assault, which took place on September 29 in New York City, saw Lien surrounded by an angry mob of bikers as he drove near to Harlem. The incident was caught on a helmet mounted camera worn by one of the bikers.
The bikers slashed Lien’s tires and attempted to block his vehicle. In order to escape the angry mob, Mr. Lien ran over and critically wounded one of the bikers. The pack of motorcyclists then chased Lien in a 50 block pursuit.
When the SUV driver exited on 178th Street, he was pulled from his vehicle and severely beaten as his family watched in terror. Detective Braszczok was accused of punching out the rear window of the SUV in the assault. He was released on $150,000 bond.
One of the other bikers, Kaliq Douglas, also pleaded to not guilty to the charges. Justice Maxwell Riley raised his bail from $25,000 to $50,000, discounting his lawyer’s argument that his client has strong ties to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
The lawyer, Morty Katz, said: “There’s no change in circumstance. His grandmother, his uncle and his mother work for the DA’s Office.This is a lot of money for him. He’s not a drug dealer or a Wall Street inside trader.”
The higher bond amount was posted immediately and Douglas left the courthouse. All of the bikers involved in the SUV assault are charged with the hefty ‘gang assault four’ charge which could mean a maximum of 25 years behind bars, if convicted.