NYPD Thug on Video

A New York City police officer is accused of harassing and then arresting a man who was recording a separate arrest inside a subway station on Saturday. The cop, identified as Officer Rojas, is also accused of then deleting the video of the incident from the man’s camera — but it was later retrieved using video recovery software.

Activist Shawn Randall Thomas claims he was standing roughly 30-feet away recording a different NYPD cop, who had detained a man for jumping a turnstile in the subway station. The officer seemingly had no problem with Thomas recording him.

The video is entirely uneventful for about four minutes. The officer who detained the turnstile jumper remained professional, calm, and collected as he asserted control over the situation. The suspect did not appear to be disorderly.

Then Officer Rojas is seen arriving on the scene, quickly taking notice of Thomas recording the arrest. Rojas can be seen on video pulling out his cellphone and recording Thomas, walking directly up to him and putting the phone directly in front of the man’s camera lens.

After about 30-seconds of silence, Thomas eventually tells the officer, “You’re violating my personal space.”

“You’re violating my personal space too,” Rojas replies in the video.

Thomas then requested the officer’s name and shield number, citing the NYPD’s “patrol guide” that states an officer is required to provide the information to citizens.

“What’s your name?” the officer says, declining to provide an answer.

Rojas is also heard asking Thomas why he is invading the officers’ personal space, to which he replied: “You walked 30 feet to me.”

The tense exchange continues for several minutes with neither man backing down. Rojas also tells Thomas that “maybe” he should just arrest him. Eventually, Thomas loses his cool and tells the officer to “back the f*** up” and get out of his personal space.

“This is my station, right here,” Rojas tells him.

“This is not your station, you’re a public servant,” Thomas shoots back. “This belongs to the public and you’re a servant, and you’re disrespecting me and you’re harassing me. Now again, can you back the f*** up.”

Shortly after what the officer described as the fourth time Thomas cursed at him, the video claims Rojas began his “unlawful physical assault” on Thomas. Because the video becomes shaky and then cuts off, it’s currently impossible to know for sure what occurred during the arrest. At this point we only have Thomas’s version of the arrest.

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Chicago Corruption Problem

The mayor of Chicago, Illinois is attempting to issue $900 million in bonds to save the fiscally-faltering Windy City, but a big chunk of that will likely be spent settling police misconduct cases waged against local law enforcement.

Chicago’s City Council voted on Wednesday this week in favor of borrowing a combined total of roughly $1.9 billion in area projects — $1 billion towards the Chicago Midway International Airport and another $900 million on a general obligation bond.

According to the Chicago Tribune, though, that money won’t exactly go towards investing in the city’s future. Instead, a large sum of what’s raised by that massive bond proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel will go into the bank account used by the city to settle its ongoing legal troubles surrounding the Chicago Police Department.

“Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration is making preparations to issue up to $900 million in bonds this year to lower some of its borrowing costs, push other debt off into the future at an overall higher cost, cover legal settlements and pay for construction, building maintenance and equipment,” the Tribune reported on Tuesday this week.

Later on in that same article, however, journalists for the papers added that upwards of $100 million of that will go towards the city’s legal issues, which, according to the paper, largely involves the CPD.

“At the same time, the city would take on between $90 million and $100 million in debt to pay off legal settlements made last year,” Hal Dar**** and Jason Grotto wrote for the paper. “The bulk of those settlements were made in connection with police misconduct cases.”

The city of Chicago spent almost $100 million in settling such lawsuits just last year, the Tribune reported on Wednesday, and is already on track towards accumulating similar legal bills during 2014: on Monday this week, a Chicago man filed a federal lawsuit against the city after recently being cleared of a double homicide, but not before spending 20 years in prison. Police officers beat him into confessing, the man, Daniel Taylor, claims, and suppressed evidence that would have otherwise proved his innocence.

Last month, prosecutors dismissed charges against Taylor’s co-defendant, Deon Patrick, and released him from custody after 21 years behind bars. That isn’t to say that these instances are anything isolated, or even new: in October, Alderman Howard Brookins introduced an ordinance intended to install a $20 million fund to compensate victims harmed by a wave of police misconduct in the city that stretched for nearly two decades in the 1970s under then-Police Commander Jon Burge, who is now serving prison time after being accused, then convicted of torturing confessions out of criminal suspects.

Another case filed in June by a Chicago man who claims he was sodomized by a police officer’s gun in order to coerce his cooperation is currently being heard in federal court as well.

Source: RT

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