Video Shows NYPD Lied, Filed False Charges for Assault

Activists have taken to recording everything that goes on at an annual Puerto Rican Day gathering in Brooklyn because the police routinely bust in and cause havoc. Good thing, too, because it saved a young man falsely accused of assaulting a police officer from going to prison. This is a repeat from pretty much every fucking day ever.

Prosecutors are dropping charges against 17-year-old Enrique Del Rosario related to assaulting a police officer after video contradicted their claims.

The incident took place at Brooklyn’s Puerto Rican Day parade on June 8. Dennis Flores, founder of the neighborhood police watchdog group El Grito De Sunset Park said police descended on the revelers in the evening, something that’s become expected. “We’ve been documenting this every year,” Flores told ThinkProgress. “The neighborhood gets flooded with police officers. Young kids are marching, waving flags, and cops are corraling them, pushing them around, like it’s a nuisance to have them out celebrating their culture.”…

Rosario wasn’t afilliated with El Grito, but he also happened to be filming when an officer shoved the woman standing next to him. In fact, Flores said that’s why he was targeted. Rosario’s lawyer Rebecca Heinegg said several officers then attacked Rosario, slamming him against the gate of a closed store and beating him with batons. “Basically, my client was a victim of a gang assault by the 72nd Precinct,” Heinegg told Max Jaeger for The Brooklyn Paper.

Once the attack started, Flores said, police began pushing people back and macing them to keep onlookers and cameras from seeing what was going on. Flores said that the injury police blamed Rosario for was caused by another cop. “This officer swung his nightstick and missed, hit another police officer across the head,” Flores said.

How many times does this have to happen — I’ve reported on literally hundreds of such incidents over the last decade and I’ve hardly caught them all — before we simply stop giving police officers the benefit of any doubt on what they say? There’s video at the link above, which begins with an officer telling someone that it’s illegal to record them, which is a lie and a blatant constitutional violation. But if you think anyone will be held responsible for any of this, you’re kidding yourself.

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  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Things like this make me sick! What happened to Law? What happened to Justice?

     

    When are we as a society going to wake up, face the hard truth, and ban camcorders?

     

    If this keeps up, something serious could happen, like an actual riot of protesters viciously walking down the street and holding up signs with no thought to the terrible consequences of their actions, and then the police would have to crack down.

    Thank God they have all this practice.

  • blf

    You have a circular jerk squad of judges, prosecutors, and policegoons.

    The prosecutors depend on the goons for cases, and the judges for “wins”.

    The goons depend on the prosecutors for those “wins”, and so don’t go after corrupt prosecutors or judges.

    The prosecutors pay quid pro quo and don’t go after corrupt goons or judges.

    The judges ensure any prosecutors or goons inexplicitly brought before them are not too inconvenienced.

  • dugglebogey

    It is coming to the point where the police have so little credibility that none of their actions will be legitimate anymore unless they have the offense caught on video.

  • Artor

    Holder is making noise about disbanding the Ferguson PD. When is he going to do the same for the much worse NYPD?

  • Trebuchet

    @2: The judges also depend on endorsement by the police and prosecutors as “tough on crime” so they get re-elected.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    It is coming to the point where the police have so little credibility that none of their actions will be legitimate anymore

    In that regard, the US would be like most of the rest of the world.

    What people don’t understand is that the police are doing their job. Their job is to preserve the establishment, squash dissent, and keep the wheels on the cart long enough for the elites to live their lives in peaceful prosperity. They work for the elites, not the people. Nobody in their right mind (except their paymasters) should trust them; they are parasites on society.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    When is he going to do the same for the much worse NYPD?

    If the NYPD starts messing with Wall St fat cats, then they will be disbanded. Until then, no chance.

  • grumpyoldfart

    …before we simply stop giving police officers the benefit of any doubt on what they say?

    Dream on sunshine. That is never going to happen.

  • http://www.aquaticape.org anthrosciguy

    It is coming to the point where the police have so little credibility that none of their actions will be legitimate anymore unless they have the offense caught on video.

    It seems, and it should seem to cops, that they’re the ones who benefit the most from properly done dash and uniform cameras. As seen in Rialto, California, where police use of body cameras not only dropped police use of force (“Officers’ use of force fell by 60%”) but public complaints against the police (“public complaints against officers plunged 88%”). http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/04/california-police-body-cameras-cuts-violence-complaints-rialto

  • canadiansteve

    Marus Ranum #6

    What people don’t understand is that the police are doing their job. Their job is to preserve the establishment, squash dissent, and keep the wheels on the cart long enough for the elites to live their lives in peaceful prosperity. They work for the elites, not the people. Nobody in their right mind (except their paymasters) should trust them; they are parasites on society.

    Over the top much??

    As much as there is a multitude of problems with police, this is too far. Who are these paymasters you speak of? Conspiracy theory much?

    The real problem with police right now is lack of funding and lack of accountability. If they were funded without connection to confiscation and tickets then the unreasonable side of that would be greatly diminished. If behaviour policies that are already in place were enforced then the rest of the problem would clear up. Bad policy (driven by right wing ideology) has created the situation, not conspiracy.

  • Ichthyic

    You know, I would have agreed with you about the over the top consipiracy theories about the use of modern police as status quo agents…

    if there wasn’t a long history of the FBI using them to do just that.

    and if there wasn’t a currently open to the public federal donation program involving military equipment being sent to police departments all across the US.

    you know, you’re not paranoid if there actually IS someone following you…

  • Ichthyic

    …now Kobach saying that Obama will prevent African Americans from ever being prosecuted?

    now THAT’S an over the top conspiracy theory.

  • comfychair

    canadiansteve @10:

    So, what you’re saying is, it’s just an old fashioned extortion racket? Just give them more money and they’ll stop taking out their frustrations on whoever happens to be within range?

    And to anyone who has had their eyes opened by the Ferguson report, please understand the DoJ could have picked any small-medium sized town anywhere in Real America and found basically the same situation. It is not an isolated incident, they are not special. They are the norm.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Over the top much??

    No. You need to read a bit of American history – specifically regarding how the police were used to break strikes during the early attempts of labor to organize, and how they were used to enforce jim crow laws in the south. The FBI’s charter, from the beginning was monitoring of “radicals” – i.e.: people who were interested in changing the status quo.

    I wouldn’t know if “conspiracy” is the right word, but when you have the White House giving secret orders to the government’s secret police, to coordinate actions against dissidents and protestors, why do you call it, “patty cake?”

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    (Great irony that you ask me that on the 50th anniversary of ‘bloody sunday’ march on Selma)

  • lofgren

    No. You need to read a bit of American history – specifically regarding how the police were used to break strikes during the early attempts of labor to organize, and how they were used to enforce jim crow laws in the south.

    I don’t think it even matters how the police were used in the past or what how their charters were written. It’s inevitable that a police force that benefits from the status quo will evolve to protect the status quo. It’s inevitable that people who benefit from the status quo will provide benefits to the police force to incentivize them to protect the status quo.

    Body cams seems like a good step in the right direction but ultimately what is needed is a an actual mechanism to make the cops answerable to the people they patrol. Basically if we’re going to have this going on:

    You have a circular jerk squad of judges, prosecutors, and policegoons.

    The prosecutors depend on the goons for cases, and the judges for “wins”.

    The goons depend on the prosecutors for those “wins”, and so don’t go after corrupt prosecutors or judges.

    The prosecutors pay quid pro quo and don’t go after corrupt goons or judges.

    The judges ensure any prosecutors or goons inexplicitly brought before them are not too inconvenienced.

    We should at least slip the people the goons terrorize into the circle jerk somewhere. They’ll still end up having to eat the cookie at the end but at least they can get something for their trouble once in a while.

  • laurentweppe

    Over the top much??

    Not that much: Police in Western Europe was originally founded in the late middle ages to fight “vagrancy“, that is to forcefully drag runaway serfs back to their lords estates, and its american counterpart was formed from the same template.

    Sure, modern police is supposed to serve the public, but it’s a rather recent notion, and you still find way too many influential people who want cops to remain uniformed medieval enforcers.