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Activists to Mayor Adams: Free the Disco Trike or face bike swarm – UPDATED

Posted by on January 30th, 2012 at 12:44 pm

(Graphic: PDX Bike Swarm)

After Dan Kaufman’s Disco Trike was confiscated by Portland police during protests last Wednesday, activists are now increasing pressure on City Hall to release it.

In a blog post this morning, PDX Bike Swarm claimed that, “the police had no reason to confiscate it and we want it back.” In addition to impounding his trike, Kaufman says police ripped his video camera out of his hand and handcuffed him.

Now PDX Bike Swarm has issued a threat to Mayor Sam Adams:

If the Disco Trike is not released by Friday, February 3rd, in full working condition, the PDX Bike Swarm will be forced to swarm the mayors office to ask more directly for its release. Anybody that wants to join the swarm is more than welcome, as we know the Bike Swarm are not the only ones that really appreciate the Disco Trike’s presence. Hopefully it won’t come to this, but if it does, stay tuned for details… We are giving the mayor a choice: either release the Disco Trike by Friday, or we will swarm to its defense!

Mayor Adams is aware of the situation and tweeted this a few minutes ago:

Adams’ attention to this issue might have something to do with the fact that the confiscation of the trike found its way onto the front page of widely read politics blog DailyKos on Thursday.

In addition to having his trike impounded, Kaufman was given a citation for “Unlawful Operation of Sound Producing Equipment.” His court date is February 13th. Kaufman also caught some of the incident on video:

Stay tuned to the Free Disco Trike Facebook page for updates or follow #freesdiscotrike on Twitter.

UPDATE, 1:37pm: Dan Kaufman has been notified by Mayor Adams that the trike will be released today. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Just remembered this video I shot of the Disco Trike in action back in June 2008!

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  • JP January 30, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Why do I sense a future episode of Portlandia somewhere in this

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    • Kristen February 1, 2012 at 10:30 am

      Because Portlandia practically writes itself.

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  • RyNO Dan January 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    How do you reach DanK ?? Have you ever heard of facebook message ? OMG/Duh.

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    • Joe Rowe January 30, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      Hey Sam, as Dan Savage says. Google Freking Exists.

      Go to google: dan kaufman portland


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  • Joe Rowe January 30, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    “No law shall be passed restraining any of the inhabitants of the State from assembling together in a peaceable manner to consult for their common good;” Section 26, Article 1 of the Oregon Constitution.

    The sound law is being used to squash the rights of people to assemble for their common good, and the sound law applied in this way is trumped by the Constitution.

    I’ve seen that trike do good and great things to keep people in a peaceable manner. Oakland should learn to play music to keep the peace.

    The PDX cops are bullies in this case. The cops might have a case if Dan was out on a solo joy ride and not out for the common good. The cops might have a case if Dan was violating the rights of other people, but all the cops have here is bullying. They single out leaders in an attempt to get others not to come out. This old trick is known to people who wrote the Oregon Constitution.

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    • bikeyvol January 30, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      It’s a sad day when the confiscation of a material item is viewed as preventing people from assembling in public places.

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    • GlowBoy January 31, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      The Sound Law also has been found unconstitutional with respect to free speech, at least in some instances.

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  • Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) January 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I’ve just published an update… Mayor Adams has contacted Dan Kaufman and says his trike will be released today.

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    • Spiffy January 30, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      awesome news! I’d like to see the pictures of that reunion…

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  • Joe Rowe January 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    It would be nice to have charges dropped. Any news on the citation?

    The video also shows the cops used the horses with an excessive abuse of power. The video also cuts out when the cop horses surrounded Dan. My guess is that Dan did not cut the video voluntarily.

    The potential for a tort claim here is high.

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    • bikeyvol January 30, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      Sorry, I fail to see *where* in the video segment that was posted here that the police were using their horses “excessively”? They don’t appear to be trampling anyone, or anything for that matter.

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    • Charles Johnson October 10, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      got the update, good news, finally? 🙂

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  • Dude January 30, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    This is all a whole lot underwelming. It looks like the police are just tring to do their job. Hopefully they will be allowed to do their job.

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  • jimbobpdx January 31, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    The Silliness!

    But it did give Bike Snob a great opportunity to have great fun with his Portland friends in Tuesday’s blog. So yeah.

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  • Nick V January 31, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Ridiculous in so many ways……

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