The NYPD petty arrest hiatus is over after a video emerged showing a group of cops ganging up on a man standing outside a store for apparently tossing a cigarette butt on the sidewalk, pouncing on him, then piling on him with their body weights while ordering him to place his hands behind his back.
Cigarettes. NYPD. Sidewalks.
What could possibly go wrong?
Fortunately, this man did not get choked to death but if it takes almost ten cops to arrest a man littering a Brooklyn sidewalk, then it’s clear that the NYPD refusal to arrest people for minor crimes as a way to protest against the mayor is officially over.
It is not clear when the incident took place but it was uploaded Tuesday to the Facebook page of El Grito De Sunset Park, a community activist page from New York City.
The page states the man was arrested for tossing the cigarette, but one commenter named Edgardo Gonzalez claimed the suspect flicked the cigarette butt at the officer.
However, the video doesn’t show that at all.
In fact, the video doesn’t ever show him holding a cigarette.
He is just talking on the phone as the cops gather around him, trying to stare him down before eventually moving in on him after two minutes, so he probably refused to pick it up, turning into a contempt of cop arrest.
The NYPD is obviously making up for the revenue they failed to generate for the city during their protest against Mayor Bill de Blasio, whom they blamed for encouraging a psychopathic man to drive up from Baltimore last month and kill two of their fellow officers.