Watch: Impatient cyclist tackled by cops after he attempts to defuse a suspected bomb
Eyewitnesses at the scene described how they were terrified that the man was “going to get blown up” because of his reckless behavior.
Bizarre scenes unfolded on Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee on Monday, May 21, when a frustrated cyclist decided to “defuse” a suspected bomb. He was reportedly irritated because the official bomb squad was taking “too long” to examine the contents of a suspicious package that officers feared contained an explosive device.
The police received reports of the bag after it was spotted on top of an electrical box on Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee shortly before 7 am. The call was promptly responded to by police officers and the bomb squad who were called in to investigate the “suspicious package” before the bizarre scene unfolded.
Milwaukee cyclist. Diffuses situation. Rips pack. NOTHING Tackled by hidden Police at supposed bomb area. You say "fool", I say COOL. Reno 911 terrorist drill protocol. Ppl gettin' tired. He wagered his life, and was RIGHT. Taking HOURS, DAYS, for a few minute job by gov's.— Jeff Williamson (@mechanix) May 22, 2018
According to the Daily Mail, footage of the incident shows the bag being moved from the electrical box onto the intersection by an officer in protective armor. The bag was moved as a safety precaution but unfortunately caused the road to be blocked off with police tape.
Milwaukee Police slams cyclist and suspect package, then keep mum about it?— CatL (@DHLou01) May 22, 2018
PS: barging past police tape is not intelligent; getting exasperated with bomb disposal units isn't either.https://t.co/gOdLXvttvr
The seemingly impatient cyclist is seen getting off his bike next to the yellow tape. He then rushes onto the scene picking up the bag and tipping out the contents. A water bottle, clothing and some smaller items - none of which seem to have been of an explosive nature- fell onto the street.
Mondays in Milwaukee be like: Cyclist empties 'suspicious package' into street before getting tackled by FBI and Milwaukee Police https://t.co/yAddPi5E6Z— Joel Van Haren (@joelvanharen) May 21, 2018
On making sure that the items were not dangerous, the seemingly exasperated man is seen throwing his hands up in the air.
The video then appears to show the moment the irate road user is tackled to the ground by police officers. He was apparently arrested by officers on the scene.
I say the biker was pissed his route was closed off! #Milwaukee cyclist empties 'suspicious package' into street before getting tackled by FBI and Milwaukee Police https://t.co/POkndePdqO via @journalsentinel— E Rodriguez (@ERODJEDI) May 21, 2018
"He rode past me and he was saying: 'I'm going to diffuse this situation',” Robert Harris, the person who called in the bag as a possible danger, told TMJ4.com. "I was concerned for everyone still around, but really concerned for him. He was not acting in his right mind.
A Milwaukee cyclist is either totally stupid or the hero we need on this sad and rainy Monday. You decide. https://t.co/LyT6ZrsdWq— Journal Sentinel (@journalsentinel) May 21, 2018
"If I would have saw him coming down the sidewalk earlier, I would have tried to stop him. It's a scary situation. You don't know if it's a bomb or backpack. When he went and did it, I thought oh no. It's not going to end well. It's going to end bad.
"Some water bottles came out and they were aluminum or stainless steel. You don't know they were just water bottles. It could have been a bomb device there."
Wisconsin man tackled by cops after frustratedly emptying lost backpack to prove it wasn't a bomb https://t.co/jtYMDZELIW— Sergio Dericks (@sergio_dericks) May 23, 2018
Wow! Totally unnecessary to use force like that!
Thank God he wasn't A Black American!
Milwaukee Police would of Shot him!
I believe they would of..
The Sun reported that Milwaukee Police arrested the man but it is not known if he is being charged with any crimes. Eyewitnesses at the scene described how they were terrified that the man was “going to get blown up” because of his reckless behavior.
Tackling this man was so unnecessary. He interupted a Milwaukee bomb investigation, so then arrest him. Police 20 yrs ago we're so less aggressive than today. Just watch cops.✌️ https://t.co/6F2WvXJBBH— Paul Tomkinson (@paultomkinson) May 22, 2018