Thug cop chokeholds CBS reporter: "I hate the press and I can do whatever I want."

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44 Responses to “Thug cop chokeholds CBS reporter: "I hate the press and I can do whatever I want."”

  1. delt664 says:

    We need to hold those responsible for enforcing law to a higher standard, rather than no standard. Assault, battery, unlawful detainment. If I did this, thats what I would get. Put this cops ass in jail.

  2. Gulliver says:

    Officers should be required to frequently attend lectures that stress their responsibility to the public, their duties, ethics, conduct- and the laws. This should happen monthly- and weekly for problem officers. If they do not take these sessions seriously they should lose their jobs on the spot. When a cop commits an offense they should be held accountable for it and punished like anyone else. This could cost money? Yes it would, and it would be a better use of our tax dollars than allowing wingnuts and loose cannons like that to patrol our streets.

    Here is a better idea. Fire jokers like this in a New York minute and charge them with aggravated assault. Then fine them, use the fine to award damages to their victim and sentence the fracker to a thousand hours community service picking up litter. For more serious cases humiliate the criminal cop with a few lashes in a public square. Stand back and watch the abuses plummet. No tax dollars required for useless group-hug programs they won’t ever take seriously, and we get cleaner highways as a bonus.

    Welcome to America, where we sentence violent criminals to group therapy and lock pot smokers up for life!

  3. billstewart says:

    So was the cop suspended _with_ pay, or _without_? Too often it’s the former.

  4. technosean says:

    I am losing all faith in the police.

    How do I regain it?

    • Anonymous says:

      remind yourself that you don’t live in newark

    • Ipo says:

      I swear not all cops are bastards. Really, it’s true. Just a huge majority of them are.
      (at least not all the time)
      Technosean, could brainwashing with implementation of electroshocks and waterboarding help you at all? It”s currently still being used with varying degrees of success.
      =[

      • delt664 says:

        If those that aren’t bastards don’t act against those that are, then they are complicit and therefore bastards by proxy, no?

  5. Anonymous says:

    The video is down – anyone know where I can find it?

  6. pmocek says:

    “video no longer available due to copyright claim by CBS”

  7. Anonymous says:

    I didn’t hear him say “I hate the press” in this video, did you?

  8. PaulR says:

    I’m not an American, I’m not sure which Amendment that one is…

    • egoVirus says:

      1st amendment, maybe a little 4th amendment too.

      Hope this guy liked having a job, that was f-ing ridiculous. Imagine how that particular officer behaves when not on camera…

  9. emmdeeaych says:

    Old saying: You can beat the charges, but you can’t beat the ride.

  10. PaulR says:

    The “I can do what I want ['cuz I'm a cop]” Amendment, not that Free Speech one.

  11. Anonymous says:

    It’ll really be terrible when that cop is placed on paid leave for a couple of days!

  12. bkad says:

    I was going to chime in with my opinion… but wait a minute, this happened in October 2009? A little old, isn’t it? How is this post anything more than trolling at this point? And you almost had me.

  13. Anonymous says:

    This was settled for an undisclosed amount about two weeks ago. The info is publicly available on the Court’s ECF/PACER site.

  14. Gulliver says:

    It”s currently still being used with varying degrees of success.

    Nah, don’t believe the hype. Torture just elicits what the victim thinks the torturer wants to hear.

  15. CatherineCC says:

    Great job further alienating the public, you dipshit.

    I’m firmly convinced that it’s a good thing though – many of us today sit entrenched in this denial that law enforcement is handled appropriately in the USA and that police officers deserve respect and trust (when the truth is, they’ve earned neither and have repeatedly spit on the public when we’ve tried to hold them accountable)

    Anything that hastens the inevitable schism between the public and law enforcement is a good thing. It’s slowly happening, there is more distrust, less cooperation and the realization by more and more people that law enforcement is the enemy and not our friend.
    But we’re going to have to hit rock bottom before things get better.

    And apparently these cops are only too happy to sow further seeds of distrust. Here’s to you, big guy!

    • egoVirus says:

      I have to disagree. We’re all in it together, and that includes those who police us. If anything, the police need more support since they don’t make a community, we do, together. Mutual cynicism is what lead to this incident. This guy should def lose his job since he clearly cannot shoulder the burden of responsibility that being a cop demands. But suing the city only ends up costing the community more of the resources it needs simply to function. America’s police state needs to be dismantled, but that’s not gonna happen by polarizing opinion, and forcing people into defending their core beliefs.

      • CatherineCC says:

        If they police want community support, they need to do a lot better. But instead, we’re seeing more and more aggression, more open arrogance and further militarization of police forces.
        Things are not going in the right direction and that’s not an accident.

    • Anonymous says:

      Are you like a super villain or something?

  16. wetdog2 says:

    Cory Booker reacted quickly and the officer was suspended: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2008/10/newark_special_police_officer.html

    The cameraman filed suit with the city of Newark:

    http://www.aclu-nj.org/theissues/policepractices/thesettlementprojectcitize/day11quodominevcityofnewar.htm

    I couldn’t find how it was resolved.

  17. Salguod says:

    Since this happened years ago, we can read helpful updates like this one: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/11/camerman_files_suit_against_ne.html

  18. Anonymous says:

    That is the first Amendment.

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    The police officer has no right to privacy in a public place. The courts consistently rule in favor of a persons right to film anything and anyone who is in a public place with the possible exceptions of so called “sensitive places”.

  19. wetdog2 says:

    Apparently the case was dismissed earlier this month but I can’t access the details:

    http://www.law360.com/cases/4d4400054ba4c60f1100004c

    I’m cool with that so long as the cop was suspended.

    • Stonewalker says:

      Why are you cool with it? That cop assaulted the camera man. He should be tried for assault and battery. He had no justification. He was abusing his power. Fire him and charge him with the appropriate crimes. That’s what I would be cool with.

  20. Thebes says:

    I guess the cop CAN do anything he wants. I never heard about him being prosecuted. If a “mere taxpayer” with a sidearm on their hip choked someone for taking their picture, that criminal would do hard time. Instead the piggie got some paid vacation and a meaningless mark in his personnel file.

    Not all cops are bad. Probably only about a third of cops are thugs. But the “good cops” almost always cover for their “brothers in blue”.

  21. theducks says:

    The case was also used as part of the justification for requesting a Federal Special Prosecutor to be assigned to look at the Newark PD, recently – http://www.wnyc.org/blogs/wnyc-news-blog/2011/may/09/newark-pd/

  22. pmocek says:

    I didn’t catch it at the link Rob provided, but this seems likely to be the same video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSsGrIf8F0M

  23. Malcolm Phoenix says:

    Another big man with a gun.

  24. MarkM says:

    It’s a win/win.
    After the cameraman starts a civil suit vs. the City of Newark,
    the cop gets disciplined or fired,
    the cameraman gets beaucoup in the settlement.

  25. robulus says:

    “Protesting against senseless violence”

    Oh, the irony!

  26. sharkzombie says:

    It is a “lie agreed upon” that the police exist to enforce the law. Their primary goal is to ensure order. When they perceive a threat to order, or to their authority, they will act as this officer acted.

    Not that this doesn’t suck for the reporter(s).

    • Milo says:

      Dead-on.

      The office put the male reporter in a chokehold. Why? Fuck you, that’s why. And more people would understand this if they realized that the other lie-agreed-upon here is ‘constitutional rights’.

      The reporter might have the right to video the police officer, but that’s in the world of words. The officer had the will and the might to stop him, and he did. The only plausible reason the officer stopped was that his frontal lobes, while demonstrably sluggish, eventually grasped that any further escalation would invite the municipal might of the Newark government, i.e. his higher-up.

      /bitterness

      Or maybe he stopped because he felt guilty for betraying the trust of his fellow citizens.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Abuse like this is one of the few things that makes me angry.

  28. Anonymous says:

    You have cops who are aware of their responsibilities and do a good job. Then you have the ones like this guy- who do not care- and treat law abiding members of the public as criminals or a potential threat. They seem to think that a badge is a license to bully. It’s scary when cops do not know the law and it leads to incidents like this. We have people being tazed or shot while in handcuffs for traffic stops or misdemeanor charges. People accused of minor infractions are treated like armed robbery suspects. This zero tolerance “I can do what I want” attitude on the part of police needs to stop. He was not stopping a crime- he committed the crime of assault when he used a choke hold on a member of the press- a camera man who was merely doing his job. I am glad he was suspended. How can we respect the police when they have officers who conduct themselves in such a manner? It would be a good idea to implement mandatory regular psychological evaluations, and performance and conduct reviews for officers. Officers should be required to frequently attend lectures that stress their responsibility to the public, their duties, ethics, conduct- and the laws. This should happen monthly- and weekly for problem officers. If they do not take these sessions seriously they should lose their jobs on the spot. When a cop commits an offense they should be held accountable for it and punished like anyone else. This could cost money? Yes it would, and it would be a better use of our tax dollars than allowing wingnuts and loose cannons like that to patrol our streets.

  29. EH says:

    Yep, any one of us did that and we’d be in jail.

  30. ad_absurdum says:

    Did any one else notice that the witness’s name (at 1:12) is named “Street Doctor”?

  31. Anonymous says:

    “I can do anything I want.”

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