Yes, you can definitely (and reasonably) criticize Sung Ho Cho for riding his bike in New York’s Ft. Washington Park after dark. But he’s a New Yorker with all of the rights and privileges pertaining thereto. And in exchange, he’d apparently bought into the Bloomberg/Kelly party line that the police are there to protect you, which means you have no need to carry a firearm. After all, they’re always only minutes away. What can possibly happen in that short a time? According to nydailynews.com, “Cho was riding on the Hudson River Greenway near W. 164th St. after sunset on Aug. 24 when he was sent flying to the ground by a clothesline that thieves had set up between two trees.” . . .
Cho said three men beat him until he was semiconscious. One attacker even used brass knuckles, causing serious lacerations.
“I’m thinking, ‘I’m bleeding to death,’ ” Cho, 40, of Fort Lee, N.J., told the Daily News, showing off a grotesque rope scar on his neck. “I didn’t know if I was going to make it or not. Thank God I’m alive.”
The News piece details other similar attacks that have taken place in the same area, all after dark. All tell similar stories. All except one.
One cyclist said he wishes the thieves would come for him — because he’d have a surprise for them.
“I ride with my gun,” said Jose Urena, 44, a Corrections officer from the Bronx. “It’s very scary on this path at night. That’s why I never leave my gun behind.”
It’s nice that as a corrections officer, Urena has the option of armed self defense that’s denied the majority of his fellow New Yorkers. Meanwhile, Cho’s found himself an attorney and is suing the city over the lack of police protection in the park.
“They created this situation that was completely unsafe,” said Cho’s lawyer, Rosemarie Arnold. “They set the stage for this robbery to occur. They wrote the script for this assault and the attackers just played the part.”
And Cho is prepared to play his, too.
“I would not go back on that trail again at night unless I had a firearm with me,” he said.
Good luck with that, Mr. Cho.