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New York Biker 'Gang Attack': Officer Probed
Police are investigating whether an undercover officer witnessed a violent confrontation between an SUV driver and a biker gang in New York and did not immediately report it.
An official said the officer came forward several days after last Sunday's videotaped attack on a black Range Rover in Manhattan in which the driver Alexian Lien was left needing stitches on his face.
New York Police Department spokesman John McCarthy confirmed that a detective was stripped of his gun and badge pending the outcome of an internal probe.
It came as two more motorcyclists were taken into police custody over the altercation.
Robert Sims, 35, of Brooklyn, has been charged with gang assault, weapons possession and other offences while another Brooklyn man was detained on Friday but has not been charged.
Police said the bikers stopped the car on a highway, attacked the vehicle, then chased Mr Lien and pulled him from the car after he had allegedly driven over motorcyclist Ed Mieses while trying to escape.
Mr Lien was allegedly beaten up by the group but his wife and young child, who were also in the car, were unhurt.
Two other bikers were charged previously, though the case against one was dismissed.
The other suspect Christopher Cruz, 28, of New Jersey, has already been charged with reckless driving and unlawful imprisonment. Cruz's lawyer has denied all allegations.
The New York incident was caught on a helmet-mounted camera worn by a biker and was posted online anonymously.
A video captured the moment as about two dozen riders slowed down, swarming the SUV and blocking its path. Some got off their bikes and approached the vehicle.
Police said a number of them began damaging the Range Rover.
Mr Mieses, the biker who was hit by the SUV as it sped away, may never be able to walk again, his wife Dayana said.
He suffered broken legs, fractured ribs and spine injuries, according to his family.
At least one other biker was injured in the incident.