Guilty by association is very real. Cops are like lions they go for the easiest catch. If you're in a "herd" that is misbehaving, expect that you may be picked out even if you are doing nothing wrong. I'm not saying I agree with it but it is something that we as riders should be very aware of. Easy fix- avoid trouble. Here's a better analogy than what has been previously presented. You are with some buddies that are doing something illegal, be it providing minors with alcohol or robbing a bank, you expect that if police intervene, you are going to get in trouble even if you do nothing wrong. So now we have a big group of bike doing many things illegal, and you are hanging around them and even gathering evidence. Why on earth would you be surprised when the police bother you?
i completely understand that, however in THIS situation, i fail to see how, from the video, the arrested guy or those around him in his video were participating in any sort of illegal activity. Taking this into consideration, if another part of the convoy were partaking in illegal activites, i still dont see how this guy can be automatically linked with them.
Like i've said previously, 50-100 riders, you can damn sure bet that one of those will act like a tw*t,whether it be the guy riding immediately in front of him or right at the back of the pack nowhere near him. But how is it that the guy with the camera is deemed the guilty one and treated like that. NOT right in any way, shape or form and he did not deserve it.
I fail to see the guilt by association in this situation. The camera is gathering evidence, but is it no HIS camera?
I think the difference in opinion has arisen between "hanging with your buddies" or being in a large pack of vehicles.