This afternoon, the NYPD fulfilled its promise to punish the city's "knuckleheads" by crushing a massive pile of confiscated dirt bikes and ATVs with a bulldozer—and because they were essentially meting out justice at a monster truck rally, they streamed it on Facebook live.
The crushening happened at Erie Basin Auto Pound in Red Hook, and begins at about the 2:25 mark. But don't skip ahead: you must first reckon with how much fun NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is having.
First, Bratton walks along the line of condemned bikes and ATVs, gazing into their guilty faces, a final requiem for the damned.
Then, at the 58 second mark, the commissioner takes his perch atop a two foot metal podium, literally seizing the moral high ground. He rests his fists atop the podium's protective barricades before waving a checkered race flag.
"Just like the Indy 500," Bratton says, a bit nervously, because he is the civilian leader of a massive armed force, standing on a podium, conducting wanton destruction for our entertainment.