During the Broadway Bomb 2008, several skaters were rumored to have been stopped by the New York City Police.
These are the facts.
“It was quite an experience. I enjoyed listening to other cases, wondering what others were in trouble for. Court was definitely a learning opportunity and it was free!” longboarder Jay Hayes joked about his morning in New York City’s Manhattan Borough Court.
Hayes was issued a reckless in traffic ticket during NYC’s Broadway Bomb 2008, when officers formed a line across 28th street at Broadway and captured 12 or more longboarders. Each skater was detained for nearly 15 minutes, then scanned for warrants while the race continued.
“The skaters stood around, talking on cellphones saying man this sucks, the race is probabally finished”, curious why they were stopped. Pedestrians cried, “What did they do?” as officers consulted each other and concluded, “Recklessly in traffic in a group of 5 or more.”
The skaters were issued a summons to appear in court for sentencing. At Manhattan Borough Court, Hayes showed up a day early hoping to avoid the hassle of the following court date. Standing in line for more than an hour he waited behind 40 or more as one line attendant served everyone’s needs. One man even shouted, “Lunch break’s over bitches!”
At the front of the line, Jay was directed to a court room where he listened to guilty and not guilty pleas humbly awaiting his own. Approaching the stand, the judge observed the ticket, made some exasperating noises and dismissed the case.