It started with two New York City police officers trying to handcuff a man in a Harlem subway station while another man recorded from a respectable distance.

It ended with more than 25 NYPD cops swarming the station to help detain the guy, who wasn’t exactly fighting the cops, but wasn’t allowing himself to be handcuffed either.

It was only natural that one of the arriving cops ordered the man with the camera out of the station, even though he was passively recording the interaction.

We can only imagine the beating they gave to that man once the camera had been whisked away.

Perhaps that’s jumping to conclusions, but that’s what happens when you throw a blue cloth over transparency.