Target: New York Law Enforcement Officials
Goal: Ensure all motorcyclists involved in road rage incident are held responsible.
A severe incident of road rage recently lead to a violent confrontation and two hospitalizations. According to reports, dozens of motorcyclists surrounded a Range Rover on a New York road, preventing the SUV from moving. Alex Lein, the SUV driver who, was carrying his wife and 3-year old in the car, drove through the motorcyclists who were allegedly approaching and threatening him, and severely injured one, Edwin Meises, Jr. The other motorcyclists followed the SUV, attacking the car and injuring the driver who was released after a brief hospitalization. Edwin Meises, Jr. is still in the hospital with severe injuries.
Although Alex Lein may not have reacted in the best way and is responsible for the injuries to Meises, it is important that the motorcyclists involved in the harassment also be punished. The media is portraying Meises as the only victim due to his serious injuries, and is neglecting the fact that Lein was harassed and deserves justice. The motorcycle gang was already on watch by the police, and Meises, the injured party, had several traffic offenses in the past and his right to drive in Massachusetts had been revoked until 2017. One of the motorcyclists who was seen on video punching the SUV turned himself in and has already been told he will not be charged.
Lein felt threatened and was acting out of instinct to protect himself and his family. He used his judgment to remove himself from what he saw as a dangerous situation. The fact that his actions resulted in an injury should not distract from the fact that he was acting out of self defense. The motorcycle gang is just as responsible if not more responsible for the consequences of the confrontation.
Please sign the petition below to ensure that all motorcyclists involved in the attack be held responsible for their actions.
Dear New York Law Enforcement Officials,
The recent injuries of Edwin Meises, Jr. during an incident of severe road rage are very unfortunate, however SUV driver Alex Lein must not be the only one held responsible for the incident. The media is portraying Meises as the victim and seems to be neglecting the fact that Alex Lein was acting out of self-defense.
The motorcycle gang, members of which have had several traffic offenses and incidents with police in the past, were threatening Lein and putting him and his family in danger. The danger felt by Lein was threatening enough to make him act out of self-defense and protection for his family.
We ask that you please make sure that everyone involved in this incident is punished in a fair manner. Although Lein’s actions may not have been correct, it is important that the motorcyclists be held responsible for their wrong-doings as well.
[Your Name Here]
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