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Richmond Police collide with two bikes in two weeks. (There's video.)

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Last week we posted the above video of a Richmond Police cruiser driving over a tall bike as its rider dismounts. (The impact is at the 1:45 mark. The video comes to YouTube courtesy of F.T. Rea.) The collision took place May 25 in Carytown during a protest against Monsanto. Protester report the cyclist was cited for riding against traffic.

This weekend police were involved in a second collision with a cyclist, this time in the East End. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports "a preliminary investigation by the department’s crash team indicates a Richmond officer was driving on North 23rd Street at Fairfield Avenue when the bicyclist passed a stopped vehicle at the intersection and his bicycle slid partially under the cruiser." The paper, citing a police spokeswoman, says the cyclist was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

We've reached out to the department for comment on the two collisions.

Update: Department spokeswoman Dionne Waugh says in an email investigators aren't releasing more details at this time. She didn't identify the cyclist or the officer. She says the department's crash team believe the officer was the victim in the incident and charges are pending against the cyclists.

The headline on this story has been changed to reflect the fact that police say the officer in the most recent incident wasn't at fault.

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