August 17th, 2014

NJ Cops Intimidate, Threaten to Arrest Man for Recording Violent Arrest 51

By Andrew Meyer

“Turn your phone off and walk away.”

Nyle Fort, a research assistant at Princeton University, was walking home when a voice from a megaphone boomed out “Stop running or I’m going to shoot you!” The threat came from an unmarked police car, according to Fort:

“my heart stopped. i turned around and saw a black boy, who shared my complexion and hairstyle, running from the car, and 3-4 other white male police officers. after tackling him to the ground and calling him a “dirty motherfucker,” they pulled what looked (and smelled) like a bag of weed out his back pocket.”

Fort starting taking video as the boy was being forced into a police car. When the officers noticed Fort recording they immediately approached him. Ironically, the first officer to confront Fort asks “Can I help you with something?” before threatening to arrest him and lock him in a jail cell.

“You know you can get locked up. You’re impeding an investigation. Turn your phone off and walk away.”

A second officer also threatened to arrest Fort, asking “You want to be part of the investigation?” Of course, the officers have no lawful ability to arrest Fort, as Photography Is Not A Crime. Fort, knowing the law, asserted his right to record, saying “This is within my rights. I know my rights.” A third officer warned Fort to stay a “Stay a safe distance back,” meaning “Don’t get close enough to capture damning audio or video of us abusing a suspect.”

A final word from Fort: “As I stood there and filmed, I couldn’t help but think of Michael Brown, of Eric Garner and of the nearly 1 million black bodies currently locked up in cages all over this country. I mourn for this brother, my brother, who today become another victim of the war on drugs, of the prison industrial-complex.”

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  • Police Lie

    why do black people only care when whites arrest black people ? why do black people kill so many black people and not seem to care ?
    how many blacks will be killed by blacks this weekend in Chicago ?

    • http://www.policemisconduct.net Film The Police Always

      Because you’re a racist and black people are treated like shit by the cops. White cops harbor so much hate and disdain for blacks that they are all in need of psychiatric help.

      • Police Lie

        white cops treat black people better than black people treat black people.
        do the police kill 10 black people every weekend in Chicago ?

        • http://www.policemisconduct.net Film The Police Always

          The people killing each other in Chicago didn’t take an oath to Protect & Serve. People kill for various reason, and some of those killers are prominent figures that have not been born into poverty. Police have been killing people and getting away with it and enough is enough.

    • (justsomeguy151 is a gay turd)

      Blacks don’t kill blacks because they are black. It is a result of the fighting between gangs over the drug trade. Police kill blacks because their skin in dark. If you can’t figure out that difference, you are a moron.

      • James M Morriss

        Yes, The gang in the Blue/black uniforms against everybody not in them.

    • Pragmatic Liberaltarian

      Why are you an ignorant POS?

    • Richard Lord

      In communities of color black criminals commit crimes on black people in white communities white criminals commit crime against white people’s, the only factor involved is where the people live.

  • http://www.policemisconduct.net Film The Police Always

    A few more pussy’s with badges. My god I hope these fucktards eat a whole lot of that CiCi’s pizza special that was recently served in Las Vegas.

  • emw12
  • Guest

    “Turn your phone off and walk away.”

    Here’s another direct quote that police officer, and all police officers once said, swore, in fact.

    “I will support the Constitution of the United States.”

    He, and all the rest, are traitors. Traitors to their oaths. Traitors to their duty. Traitors to their country.

    • ur next

      The new police oath is,”They will comply, or they will die”.

      • jcfromnj

        Snappy ! LOL

      • James M Morriss

        You did not make that up. I’m pretty sure I saw it an the fender of a black and white…..

  • Almighty Shux

    “As I stood there and filmed, I couldn’t help but think of Michael
    Brown, of Eric Garner and of the nearly 1 million black bodies currently
    locked up in cages all over this country. I mourn for this brother, my
    brother, who today become another victim of the war on drugs, of the
    prison industrial-complex.”

    both criminals. still feel the same way after the cops released the robbery video M.B. committed just before he got shot, eh? Stay out of trouble and give the respect the cops want you to give them and you stay out of jail. You’re no freedom fighter.

    • Guest

      This piece of shit traitor in uniform didn’t ask for respect. He gave him an unlawful order to stop recording. He violated his oath, his duty and this person’s Constitutional rights. He doesn’t deserve any respect. He doesn’t deserve to wear that badge.

    • That guy

      Go fuck yourself, scumbag. I wasn’t aware shoplifting or selling loosies were crimes punishable by the death penalty. And of course, cops aren’t supposed to open fire unless there is immediate physical danger to themselves or the public, ya fuckwit.

      • Fedup

        I’m very much conflicted over the whole Brown thing. While I agree that cops are scum in general, after watching how Brown manhandled the owner of the QT store for simply trying to get him to not steal stuff, I can’t imagine how Brown acted after being told not to block traffic. Does that warrant a fatal use of force? It depends. If he’s willing to shove a guy 1/3 his weight and size into the food rack at the store, what does he do to a guy who’s barking orders at him, still sitting in his car… A guy that could quite possible represent the force that will put him in jail for stealing said items? You’ve got a caged-animal syndrome happening on a cop who probably didn’t know the fight-or-flight (or in Brown’s case, simply FIGHT) situation of the guy in the street.

        I tell you, if someone as big and ape-ish was pounding on me, or turning to put a pounding on me (watch the video again of how Brown was leaving the store with his prized Ciagarellos, and then went out of his way to double back and terrorize the shop owner), I would most certainly EMPTY my magazine in him. When asked, “Why did you shoot him 9 times?” The answer is, “Because I didn’t have 10 bullets”.

        Not defending the cop, but I can see how this gorilla of a guy could be threatening enough to warrant deadly force. Just wait until we get the whole story. Right now, the public is reacting on the same race-baiting hype that we saw with Zimmerman… We’re going strictly off of the statements of dreadlock wearing thugs (who helped in the robbery) and others who have a dog in the hunt (Sharpton, et al).

        • Kerfuffulator

          Nothing to suggest bias by calling Brown an animal or a “gorilla”. I mean, obviously.. you just believe in calling a spade a spade.. amirite?

    • Guest

      Maybe you’ll get lucky and get shot next time you jaywalk or drive over the speed limit. After all, that’s what you get for being a “criminal.”

    • Joe

      “Stay out of trouble and give the respect the cops want you to give them”

      Apparently cops’ idea of “the respect the cops want you to give them” must be asking you to suck their dicks, considering how eager you are to fellate them.

    • (justsomeguy151 is a gay turd)

      Since when did stealing from a store become a Capital Offense? Riddle me that dimwit.

    • BabbaZee

      Wait till the SWAT team makes a mistake and breaks your door down at 2AM when they were really supposed to be murdering your “criminal” neighbor

      http://www.businessinsider.com/9-horrifying-botched-police-raids-2012-2?op=1

      My father was NYPD 1959-1979
      I do not hate cops
      it’s a whole new world now
      Somehow he managed to never kill anyone over a cigar or a cigarette or a bag of weed

      • jcfromnj

        That world is gone. The new ” Barbarians ” have taken over. The real truth to their value
        is that you could replace all those cops today, and tomorrow it wouldn’t make a shade of difference and no one would really care.
        They are part of the replaceable world of “public servants” that we live with.

        • BabbaZee

          yup

          the steroids don’t help either

    • Rick Hiltz

      respect is earned not given and for the most part i don`t see the road pirates earning anything based on their behavior except a bullet

    • James M Morriss

      The very video the cops are trying to use to discredit Michael Brown is the most damning piece of information they have released. It clearly demonstrates the the man was unarmed.

    • Kirkus1964

      “give the respect the cops want you to give them”

      Why don’t you blow them while you’re at it.

    • James M Morriss

      Give them the respect they want…. and the cash. Don’t forget the cash payments.

  • Ron

    They are hyped up on the red cordial.

  • Falutin Free

    Well, the cops in NJ have admitted on camera that they don’t have to follow the Constitution, so color me not surprised anymore.

    • James M Morriss

      Follow it? They can’t even spell “constitution”.

  • ENTWAFFNUNGDERGESTAPO!

    more nazis to hang

  • hands up no video

    They are just trying to avoid another Fallujah, Missouri.

    • jcfromnj

      More than that. There was a very public Newark New Jersey Video recording case that forced Newark to publish a guide line for cops on the right to video record. They just don’t want to go through the bad publicity of Newark and the cash settlements.
      If they were really convinced in their position they would have taken down Fort, and he would have the distinction of first hand knowledge of “Jersey Justice”
      YOU MIGHT BEAT THE RAP, BUT YOU WON’T BEAT THE RIDE.
      Yea, New Jersey …gotta love it.

  • jackassletters

    Must have been some skunk assed weed if he could smell it from where he stood.

    Also, first sentence in your penultimate paragraph makes no sense. It doesn’t parse. I think you left out a few words.

  • James M Morriss

    “Do you want to be part of this investigation?” must be Jersey cop lingo for “Are you lookin’ at me… ARE YOU LOOKin’ at ME?!?”

    They were getting in the car and went out of their way to harass, attempt to intimidate, and just generally pound their chest and roar. (Like the animals they are.) But it didn’t work. Knowledge and strength of character prevailed. Either that or Nyle just couldn’t run draggin’ those big stones that he obviously has.

    • inquisitor

      Accurate evaluation, couldn’t have put it better myself.

  • Pragmatic Liberaltarian

    Step 1 to reigning in police power is to end the war on drugs.

  • Pragmatic Liberaltarian

    Where’s the rest of the video? Did Fort stop recording or did the cops fold their cards and leave him alone?

  • James M Morriss

    Farther down in the comment Michael Brown’s and Eric Garner’s Crimes as an excuse for their deaths. In both cases the victim’s dastardly deeds were not capital offenses.
    I have not heard that Eric Garner was actually doing anything illicit on the day he was strangled and left to die in the hands of inept and uncaring EMTs.
    As for Michael Brown…
    First: The cops has said (in his ever changing narrative) the robbery played no part in the stop. Second: The very video the cops are trying to use to discredit Michael Brown is the most damning piece of information they have released. It clearly demonstrates the the man was unarmed.

    • Fedup

      I can’t wait to see the autopsy report. “Witnesses” claimed that he was shot 8 times, in the back. Yet, the photo of him lying face down in the street shows no blood on his back. The same “witness” who saw the whole thing unfurl, was the same dreadlock wearing kid in the video with Brown strong-arming the store owner. That, in my mind, lessens the credibility of that witness.

      I’m NOT defending the cops, but I am defending against the same type of “Zimmerman/Martin” rush to judgement in the court of public opinion. The fact that the video of the robbery was known by the City, State, and the Feds, and yet the Department of Justice – run by AG Eric PlaceHolder – requested that the City NOT release the videos, tells me that the there is an ongoing attempt to prevent the facts from getting to the public.

      Yes, the fact that Brown robbed a store has no bearing on the events that happened on the street. But knowing the character of Brown, helps paint a better picture of how he might have reacted when a cop approached him. Think about it… If you just robbed a store, and a cop approaches, you have a great incentive to do whatever it takes to prevent getting caught.

      The responding officer reportedly did not know that Brown was a suspect in the robbery when he approached, but according to news accounts, that cop was en route to the QT store to take a report on the robbery. Allegedly, it was while going to the QT, that he saw Brown swaggering down the road blocking traffic – ordering him to get out of the road. I’ve seen reports that, at some point during the altercation, noticed the cigarellos in his possession. Perhaps that’s when things went south quickly.

      If it turns out this cop has a broken nose, and signs of battery like George Zimmerman had, and all the shots were to Brown’s front side, how will we feel about the incident? Keep in mind, if you shoot someone while they have their hands up, the bullet holes in the shirt will not line up with the wound unless the arms are up. So it’ll be very easy to prove whether his arms were up. But with the DoJ running interference on anything that might portray the robber as anything other than a victim, we may never know.

      The fact that the cops were demanding people delete their videos, stop recording, or even confiscated cameras (reportedly), is the real travesty. If that really happened, imagine how we’d get the real story vs. what the system is trying to portray now.

      • jcfromnj

        The “things going south scenario” and cigarellos could prove to change the landscape on this. It’s called a “parallax view”
        you change your position of observation,and you see the event from a different perspective.

    • http://cynicalinny.blogspot.com/ Cynic in New York

      Garner’s “crime” was selling loose cigarettes on a street corner, therefore bypassing taxes. Those of us who believe in liberty call this peaceful free market activity. The NYPD released information that Garner has been arrested before in order to discredit him in the public circle. They want to make Garner look like a thug looking for trouble to change the tune from “this man was murdered by cops” to “he’s a damm thug, he got what he deserved”. While Garner’s arrest record may or may not make him look like a criminal (so far I have not seen what other things Garner was arrested for in the past). selling loose smokes to people willing to buy them doesn’t justify murdering him.

  • Fedup

    It looks like the second cop defused it quickly by saying, “you have to stay back or you’ll be come part of the investigation”. Good thing too, because the first cop was about to have an abrupt change in his career had he proceeded. It looks like the new Mayor is siding with the public against police brutality (at least from the Eric Garner case). Cops aren’t so sure the Mayor has their back, and this “stand down” we just witnessed in this video shows it.

    My hat is off to Fort. Watching these guys start to circle him looked eerily similar to the Garner take down. If it hadn’t been for that one cop cracking, it might well have turned out the same way.

  • StreyDawg

    I don’t know how you guys do it anymore.

    Every video that comes up on PINAC, I just want to post a comment that says;

    Dear Cops,

    Eat shit and die.

    Sincerely,
    Streydawg.

    There is nothing respectable about being a cop in America anymore, and the thought of anyone even attempting to legitimize the profession or the process just nauseates me.

  • Beauford T. Justice

    Hopefully some of these dickheads are starting to learn that we are allowed to record them and that with today’s technology, it’s not going away anytime soon.

  • steveo

    Ok, Lebowski, I want you stay out of my quiet beach community!!! Did I make myself clear?

    I’m sorry, I wasn’t listening.

  • jcfromnj

    Ok, I know that living in New Jersey is like watch paint dry, but every once in a while some interesting situations do occur.
    In the September/October time line the Second Amendment Society (Gun Owner Rights) and the Fully Informed Jury Association
    (Jury Nullification) are going to enlighten the prospective jurer’s of Atlantic City on the upcoming high profile Shaneen Allen gun carring across state line’s case.
    This is a prime opportunity for me to get into some substantial public video recording testing. I’m going to to have multiple backups and an alternative system to upload video. I’m going to confront the AC PD on their Video recording policy (they don’t have one) prior to this to and get them on the record one way or the other.
    I’m NOT going to get caught short on this.

  • Bruce

    But Bush/Barack PNAC IS!

  • Harry Bolzitch

    A previously unnoticed detail in a background conversion of a video taken minutes after the Ferguson shooting could change the course of the investigation into Mike Brown’s death …

    @6:28/6:29 of video:

    #1 How’d he get from there to there?

    #2 Because he ran, the police was still in the truck – cause he was like over the truck

    {crosstalk}

    #2 But him and the police was both in the truck, then he ran – the police got out and ran after him

    {crosstalk}

    #2 Then the next thing I know he doubled back toward him cus – the police had his gun drawn already on him –

    [there is dispute here whether he says "doubled back" or "coming back."]

    #1. Oh, the police got his gun

    #2 The police kept dumpin on him, and I’m thinking the police kept missing – he like – be like – but he kept coming toward him

    {crosstalk}

    #2 Police fired shots – the next thing I know – the police was missing

    #1 The Police?

    #2 The Police shot him

    #1 Police?

    #2 The next thing I know … I’m thinking … the dude started running … (garbled something about “he took it from him”)

    http://tinyurl.com/kt7tpj9

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