To Serve…..

(NEWSER) – A civilian review panel tasked with investigating complaints against New York City cops has spotted a trend: NYPD officers knocking cellphones and other video recording devices out of the hands of concerned citizens. In a three-year analysis of complaints against city officers starting in 2014, the Civilian Complaint Review Board discovered 257 complaints that contained 346 allegations of officer interference with civilian recordings of police actions, LawNewz reports, citing a CCRB report. In addition to knocking devices out of civilians’ hands, those acts of interference included verbal directions to stop recording, obstructing sightlines, and threatening to arrest or detain civilians for recording police actions. All told, 46% of the complaints alleged physical interference.

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3 Responses to To Serve…..

  1. gamegetterII says:

    I figured there would have been a hell of a lot more complaints about NYC cops considering the number of cops on the force.
    There’s more NYC cops than the population of most of the towns/townships I’ve lived in.
    I bet Cleveland cops have as many or more complaints about preventing citizens from recording them. I’ve seen Cleveland cops knock actual video cameras out of guys hands. Back when cameras used film, they would open the camera and pull the film out so no pics could be developed.

  2. Unclezip says:

    Gamegetter: You may remember the previous dictator of NYC bragging about how he had the seventh largest army on the planet. There’s a of of those tax feeders out there.

  3. Anon says:

    If you’ve ever seen the complaint form/book, and you may have i dont know, but it is extremely wordy and trivial but insteada just the facts, ma’am, it has all manner of trivia and can be sent back or dismissed for lack of clarity or detail. I fielded many verbal complaints from citizens who said it was more trouble than it was worrh to fill all the shit out. I told them all, if you dont play by their rules we all lose. If you fill it out they will assign it to someone to look at it. Most of the time the whole shift knew what happened cause there was only 3-4,5 on duty in our little county. Weren’t many complaints and the only one i know of personally caused a sgt to become a patrol dep w/ loss of sgt pay. It wasnt a violent issue either just an exercise of unauthorized authority.

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