Cyclist who ‘kicked little girl to floor on Christmas Day refuses to apologise’
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A cyclist who seemingly deliberately stuck out his knee to knock over a child that was blocking his way "refused to apologise" when confronted by her dad.
In the footage, recorded by dad by Patrick Mpasa on Christmas Day at a nature Park in Belgium, a cyclist is coming down a path behind his wife and daughter ringing a bicycle horn.
Instead of waiting for the infant to be pulled out of the way, he goes down the side and seemingly deliberately puts his leg out, striking her in the back and sending her flying onto the snow-covered ground.
Moments before he knocks her over, he shouts in warning: "Attention!"
Patrick, who managed to catch up with the man, said: "He explained what happened and asked us to withdraw the complaint to police, but he showed no remorse and did not apologise."
He decided to share the footage on social media asking if people agreed that he was right to complain to the police.
Public prosecutors have confirmed they are aware of the video and are looking into the incident.
The family believes if the man had accidentally knocked over the little girl, he would have stopped to check that she was okay instead of just speeding off.
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He said that he was not seeking revenge but wanted to share the images on social media to "raise awareness" about dangerous situations on the road.
He said: "A lot of people tell me that I should have hit him, but I don't agree and in any case, I was in front of my children which would have made things even worse for them.
"I also don't want a witch hunt, I just want him to apologise."
The local cyclist Association GRACQ which has seen the video describe the man's behaviour as "unacceptable".
They said he had an obligation to give priority to weaker road users, which in this case was the people walking.
He said this also applied on nature reserves.
They said they understand that cyclist do not want to have to stop, but that did not justify knocking the child over.
It was not revealed whether cyclists were allowed on the path which was at a nature reserve in Jalhay which is a municipality of Belgium in the country's Walloon Region.
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