New York Congressman Peter King was so proud that he got to play cop for a day.
But that was before a reporter called him out for accompanying cops on a fugitive raid inside a private residence with a videographer in tow, which happens to be a violation of federal policy.
Once King realized he had committed a blunder, the republican quickly removed the Youtube video that he had tweeted to his followers Tuesday.
But it was too late because Nick R. Martin of Talking Points Memo had already downloaded the clip.
Now the U.S. Marshals Service is investigating why King and the videographer were allowed to record inside the suspect’s private residence.
According to TPM:
“The policy restrictions which prohibit individuals who are not U.S. Marshals employees or Task Force Officers from filming inside a private residence are intended to be in place during all ride-alongs,” U.S. Marshals spokesman Jeff Carter told TPM in a statement. “We are currently investigating this matter to determine exactly what happened in this instance.”
King’s office did not respond to TPM’s request for comment.
Criminal defense attorney Bruce Barket, from King’s home area of Long Island, N.Y., watched the unedited video, which TPM obtained from King’s YouTube page before it was removed, and said it could be a problem for law enforcement, particularly since it was edited.
“It turns out maybe more often than not that the camera is not the policeman’s friend, so I find it curious that agents would say, come along, witness congressman, and bring your video crew so you can observe us engaging in whatever conduct we’re engaging in,” Barket said. “The fact that they’ve edited some raises some questions about what they were doing.”
Barket also questioned why King was wearing a police coat and badge, wondering if that didn’t come close to the crime of impersonating a police officer.
I am not alarmed as Barket over the fact that the video was edited. Most people would rather not see an elongated raw clip complete with camera shake and pointless pans.
I just find it a little ironic how camera friendly these cops were, even to the point of breaking federal policy, when you know damn well if you were a citizen standing on the sidewalk recording them breaking the door down, they would probably come after you.