Man Arrested Because Riding a Bike Without a Bell On It Is Illegal in a Police State?

By Matt Agorist

Seaside Heights, NJ — A fairly worrisome video has been shared with the Free Thought Project this week purporting to show a man being arrested after police stopped him for riding a bike without a bell.

The video, posted to Facebook by user A Dot Norwood, shows officers from the Seaside Heights police department temporarily detaining a man who was riding his bike.

In the first brief video, the officers appear to stop the man and then let him go. However, in the second video, we see them stopping him again.

According to Norwood and the man being arrested, police stopped him for riding his bike without a bell on it. As the video shows, however, police quickly escalated charges as the man became agitated after he was stopped for such a ridiculous reason.

Within just a few seconds, the police officers are telling the man that he will be arrested for obstruction of justice because he is upset that he is currently facing harassment for lack of a bell on his bike.

“Under arrest for what?” the man asks.

To which the police reply, “obstruction.”

“Obstruction of what?” the man asks, “You’re telling me I need a bell on my bike.”

“That’s illegal,” says the officer. Moments later, police move in and place the man in handcuffs

“You see this, right?” the man asks Norwood. “They’re arresting me for not having a bell on my bike.”

If everything the arrested man said was true, police were indeed just doing their jobs. According to the ridiculous New Jersey state law, bikes have to have a bell.

2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Section 39:4-11 – Audible signal

Universal Citation: NJ Rev Stat § 39:4-11 (2013)

39:4-11. Audible signal
No person shall operate a bicycle unless it is equipped with a bell or other device capable of giving a signal audible for a distance of at least one hundred feet, except that a bicycle shall not be equipped with nor shall any person use upon a bicycle any siren or whistle.

After police get the man in handcuffs, the onlookers attempt to keep filming before they become worried that they too will be arrested.

The Free Thought Project reached out to the Seaside Heights police department who told us to contact the records department. As we had no name of the man being arrested, we were unable to seek out the exact charges he is facing.

If the man riding a bike committed an actual crime in which there was an actual victim, he most definitely deserved to be arrested. However, it appears from the video that the officers indeed stopped him for not having a bell on his bike and the resultant charges, if any, likely stemmed from the original stop.

As TFTP has reported on numerous occasions, riding a bike in a police state can be a dangerous act. In some instances, we’ve reported on individuals who’ve been mauled, nearly to death, by a police K9 for lacking a simple bike light. Also, last month, TFTP reported on a child who was run over by a police officer because, he too, lacked a light on his bicycle. 

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project, where this article first appeared. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.

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13 Comments on "Man Arrested Because Riding a Bike Without a Bell On It Is Illegal in a Police State?"

  1. Criminalization of the Poor is as American as Apple Pie from China!

  2. Arrested because a bicycle has no bell??? Are they crazy?!?!

    • There’s a pension crisis in the Police Depts. 3 years a go a cop was standing on a corner downtown looking in cars to see if seat belts are being used. I called him out saying are we in Germany now? Told him this wasn’t going to save his pension, he said he wasn’t worried about his pension and I told him he should be because it’s being spent as we talk. I called the Station, haven’t seen them do that again.

  3. The guy should praise god. At many similar cases all of sudden the victim had a bullet in his head.

    Land of the free and home of the brave.

  4. and this is what happens when you do not wear your seat belt

  5. The police and local government should be ashamed, very ashamed.

  6. I disagree that the police was justified and “just doing their job”.. The law says the bike must have “a bell or other device capable of giving a signal audible for a distance of at least one hundred feet,”.
    The bike had this. The device is that man’s voice box. Unless he was mute – which doesn’t seem to be the case – his voice box is capable of being heard 100 feet away.


    Today a man arrested for not having a bell, tomorrow you might be arrested for not brushing your teeth before leaving the house. They’re going to be out with their proctoscopes next.


  8. The cops are the criminals. The cops are the ones intentionally damaging this man. The cops are engaged in a criminal conspiracy which involves judges, legislatures, prosecutors, attorneys; all engaged in racketeering, extortion, fraud, war against the people via legislation (which is treason). None of them are doing their jobs. As government agents they are required to protect the constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic. They are not doing their jobs at all or we wouldn’t be living in this police state run by organized crime that masquerades as government. Criminals cannot represent government. They get away with their crimes because the American people are themselves morally bankrupt and fail to see the system as their enemy. They are not protecting anyone, but themselves. Learn more by Googling anna von reitz, the ten elements of communism, the synagogue of satan, the great American adventure. Educate yourself because you have been brainwashed stupid in the government/ communist schools. They are waging war by deception against you as we speak.

  9. If they will site a little kid for having a lemon aid stand without a license they do pretty much whatever they feel like doing.

  10. And you forget to mention he ran from the police, hid in a store, had warrants out for his arrest, had priors and…….had heroin in his possession…..

  11. What an incredible waste of resources. These two dinks should be moved to undercover narcotics duty.

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