"Whether one likes people who ride motorcycles is not the issue," Allred said. "Are people so blinded by their fears and prejudices in this case that they cannot see that before anyone laid a hand on Mr. Lien, that Edwin Mieses was run over and left severely injured? Where is the justice in that?"
But a retired Nassau County, New York, police officer told CNN that his review of the recorded confrontation showed the driver had no option but to run people down. In the beating, Lien suffered two black eyes and cuts on his face and side, requiring stitches, a police detective's criminal complaint said.
"In my opinion, he was in fear for his life. He had a baby in the car. I don't think that he believes he has any other option," said Lou Palumbo, who now runs a security business.
The real issue, he asserted, was "the volume of motorcycles."
If car drivers ever find themselves in such a situation, he said, "Call 911, No. 1, and just basically try to yield right of way to these bikes."