I was biking home last night on St. Claude, a main thoroughfare in my neighborhood, when I almost got run over by a cop. I was waiting at the corner of Elysian Fields for a green light, and despite my reflective helmet, backlight, and pedal reflectors, a driver - with no signal flashing, it should be noted - decided to turn right into my path once the light changed.
I yelled "Hey! Hey!" until the driver noticed me, but she didn't slow down. I was halfway through the lane trying to figure out my path of escape when I saw that she was wearing a police uniform.
"You're a cop?!?" I asked, incredulous.
"I'ma write you a ticket, bitch!" she replied.
Confused and scared, I pedaled furiously and got away unscathed, if just a little rattled. The cop hopefully didn't attempt any more vehicular homicide that night.
Well there you have it - just a step in the long march towards traffic court justice.