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Critical Mass or critical mess?

Critical Mass or critical mess?

On the evening of Friday, May 30, Daniel Littell reportedly did what cyclists across South Florida do every day: He flipped off a motorist. Problem: The motorist was Fort Lauderdale Police officer Jason Wilson, who jumped from his cruiser, knocked Littell off his bike and took him to the ground. The skirmish was, of course, videotaped and uploaded to YouTube, where it has provided a neat, 36-second illustration of the long-standing, and sometimes dangerous, tension that exists among motorists, South Florida police departments and the grassroots cycling group with which Littell was riding: Critical Mass. A monthly ritual in cities throughout South Florida, Critical Mass rides are...

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