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Man sues LA over Critical Mass issue w/ LAPD

January 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A bicyclist who claims he was roughed up by the Los Angeles Police Department is suing the city. Manuel Gallegos claims officers dragged him off of his bike and beat and kicked him after he shot cellular phone video of police pulling a boy off a bike at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.

The video was posted on YouTube. The incident came during a Critical Mass bicycle protest by about 400 riders last May.

The Los Angeles Police Department isn't commenting on the lawsuit, but it said officers were on the scene to cite protesting bicyclists who disobeyed traffic signals. Gallegos was cited during the event.