A New York City cop named Delgado was shaking down a citizen when he noticed another citizen video recording him, so he gave him the old, “do me a favor, put the camera down” routine to which the man asserted his right to record.
That, of course, prompted Delgado to arrest the videographer on baseless charges, including a charge of “attempting to create a dangerous situation.”
Ed Garcia Conde was also arrested for carrying an open container of alchohol.
Conde insists he was carrying a broken bottle of beer inside a plastic bag to a garbage can when he came across Delgado being aggressive to the citizen, which prompted him to pull out his phone and begin recording.
Conde, a community activist in the Bronx, elaborated on the incident on his blog.
The other accused gentleman verbally acknowledged his fear and nervousness at Sargeant Delgado’s aggressive, disrespectful attitude so I began to record the incident (watch the video here on YouTube) which is well within our constitutional rights. After perhaps 10 or 15 seconds of recording, Sargeant Delgado told me to put the camera down. I refused to do so and verbally invoking my right to record the incident which only angered him and he called to the two officers under him and slammed me against the Bronx Documentary Center, rattling the windows, and proceeded to handcuff me.
After about 5 minutes, I was hauled down to the 40th precinct on Alexander Avenue and 138th Street and processed to be put in the cell with other gentlemen who had, according to them, been similarly harassed or stop and frisked – including a volunteer fireman.
Before I was put into the cell, I was taken into the bathroom by the arresting officer (Sargeant Delgado did not want to do the dirty work and ordered the officer to fill out the paperwork) and told to remove my coat for a search. The officer was visibly upset that he was even doing this and I took the opportunity to speak candidly with me and he closed the door so we wouldn’t be overheard.
He said, “OK, I’m supposed to search you for anything illegal but I know you’re okay.” and with that he didn’t. All he did was remove my shoelaces and as he was doing so I asked him if he was a rookie because Delgado was making him do the dirty work. He smirked and said, “No, I’ve been in the force for several years but I’m new to the 4-0. Came over from Brooklyn.”
Delgado works out of the 40th Precinct in the Bronx, which is headed by Deputy Inspector Christopher J. McCormack. The precinct can be reached at (718) 402-2270.