NEW YORK (PIX11) - The viral video set of an intense debate over where to cast blame, and who to criminally charge.
The Manhattan DA’s Office gave us the answer Friday, announcing a fourteen-count indictment of 11 bikers who surrounded an SUV driver and his family on the Henry Hudson Parkway, before yanking him out of the vehicle and beating him in retaliation for allegedly mowing down one of the bikers.
PIX11 spoke with Allen Edwards on the phone. He’s the biker seen banging on the rear driver’s side window and now faces a first degree gang assault charge — although he maintains he did not take part in the assault of SUV driver Alexander Lien.
Edwards is now cooperating with the prosecution.
“I was thinking, I was screaming at them to stop and leave him alone,” said Edwards.
Several bikers have already gone on record saying they acted in retaliation for Lien allegedly running over one of the bikers on the highway.
Among the accused is 32-year-old undercover NYPD police officer Wojciech Braszczok, who faces additional first degree assault, riot, and coercion charges. He is due back in court on Nov. 20th.
If convicted, the undercover cop could spend up to twenty-five years in prison.
“He’s not involved in the attack on this man. As a matter of fact, he’s trying to save that man,” said Carney.
Allen Edwards’ attorney, John Carney – says there’s evidence in this case that will clear his client’s name.
“I was just told that there is more video available, and I will be getting that video very shortly, and it does include, apparently, my client begging them to stop this assault,” said Carney.