Cyclist In NYC Berated By Cop For Wearing ‘Distracting’ Skirt

This is the outfit Jasmijn Rijcken was wearing when she was almost ticketed by an angry cop.

Looks like someone has taken a page out of my middle school guidance counselor’s book.

Streetsblog reports that Jasmijn Rijcken, a bike enthusiast visiting from Amsterdam, was approached by an irate NYC cop not for breaking a law, but because he felt that the way she was dressed was dangerous. Yes. Literally. Noah Kazis writes:

Rijcken was in town for the New Amsterdam Bike Show on April 30. After she had dismounted on Broadway in SoHo, an NYPD officer stopped, berated, and threatened to ticket Rijcken for wearing a skirt while cycling, which, it must be noted, is entirely legal and common. Rijcken says the officer told her that her skirt was dangerous because she would distract drivers and potentially cause them to crash.

So, um, yeah. That’s called harassment, cop-guy. Like, you’re the one who should probably be ticketed, and maybe even worse. It’s as if you called up my aforementioned guidance counselor, and were like, “how do you deal with women or girls who are dressed inappropriately?” And she was all, “Are you talking about Jessica Ogilvie?” And he was like, “No.” And she was like, “Oh. Well regardless, tell them that what they’re wearing is too distracting for the men around them.” (That did happen to me in middle school. But I’m over it. Clearly.)

Not only that, but it sounds like the cop quite possibly would have ticketed Rijcken if he hadn’t found out that she was foreign (because, what…American women should know better?):

According to Rijcken, the cop’s words were not merely an empty threat. He took her ID and only began to back down when he saw that she was Dutch. She hurriedly explained that in Amsterdam, it’s common for women to bike in skirts. In the end, the officer told her she should change into pants and let her go.

Yeah…it’s fucking common for women in America, too. Oh, and legal. Meaning that no law enforcement officer should be talking to you about it, let alone telling you to go change. Ever. Unless it doesn’t cover up your lady bits, your clothes are never illegal.

Anyway, the worst part about this is how understandably frightening the situation was for Rijcken. She sums it up perfectly:

At the time, Rijcken said, she wasn’t sure that she hadn’t broken the law. “If you’re by yourself in a different country and a police guy comes really angrily at you, you get scared,” she said.

[image via Streetsblog]

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    • Lisa

      That cop needs to get SCHOOLED!

    • Allison

      What the helllll….she looks so cute! I hope that cop gets in some sort of trouble. That poor girl!

    • Eileen

      I could understand his pulling her over if she was showing the world her butt or her…well, whatever you could see in front while she’s sitting on a bike seat. But this skirt is no shorter than shorts anyone else might wear. (I hope she’s wearing a helmet up top though, just for her sake)

      What’s especially obnoxious is that men wear skin-tight shorts that outline their junk pretty well when they ride bikes. But of course only women have to be more demure in public.

    • damsko

      sorry…but isn’t this just guerilla marketing for the bike???

    • miinxi

      I bet her was like ” I should give you a ticket for being FINE in that there skirt” and she flipped, made a fuss people overheard and he changed the story to look like a good protective cop saving unbeknown civilians from her and her DANGEROUS good looks. hahahaha

    • Carmen

      What he meant was that, HE was distracted, he is one perverted cop. Ew.Most likely jealous that others will get to see her. Maybe it’s just cause I live in california, and it’s no big deal when someone wears skirts or shorts, but I honestly don’t thnk it would cause cars to crash.