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Man Arrested By Syracuse NY Cops In Retaliation For Legally Filming The Police

On Thursday, police in Syracuse NY arrested a man who had committed no crime whatsoever and was legally filming them perform a pat-down on another man that had been detained.

Maurice Crawley was standing across the street peacefully filming a traffic stop when one of the officers involved began telling him not to speak to them, even though Crawley hadn’t done so previously. After Crawley asked him to repeat himself because he hadn’t heard him, the officer began threatening him as he crossed the street and placed Crawley under arrest.

Both filming the police and speaking out loud in public (or even actually cursing at police officers) are protected acts under the First Amendment. So, it’s pretty clear that this cop had no valid justification for arresting Crawley.

Via NYDailyNews.com:

Maurice Crawley, 52, was streaming live on his Facebook page Thursday when one of the officers across the street shouted that if he said “one word,” he’d be arrested.

Crawley asked the officer to repeat himself, and the cop walked across the street and placed him under arrest while swearing at him.

“Don’t f—— move, you understand me?” an officer can be heard saying in the video, obtained by Syracuse.com. “Don’t you f—— move, I am going to f— you up.”

In the four-minute video, as a white officer and a black officer can be seen arresting the motorist, Crawley says “see what’s going on with these boys, make sure they’re doing everything they’re supposed to be doing.”

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Crawley later zooms in on the black officer handcuffing and searching the man who had been in a car that was pulled over. Crawley can be heard referring to the officer as an “Uncle Tom,” but it doesn’t appear that the officer heard his comment.

After being forced to spend the night in jail for the non-crime of asking a cop what he had said, Crawley was released after attending court and pleading not guilty on the false charges of “obstructing governmental administration” and resisting arrest.

Neither officer has been identified yet, but the Good Cop who didn’t actually arrest Crawley was obviously distracted momentarily during the time that the Bad Apple he was working with conducted a hostile, vindictive, and illegal arrest on someone who hadn’t committed any crime at all.

Meriden CT Police Department Sued For Brutally Beating A Car Passenger

The post below was shared with the CopBlock Network anonymously by a reader using the pseudonym “Accountability,” via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

Robert Seagrave filed a federal lawsuit against three Meriden police officers stating that on the night of July 15, 2010 one thuggish police officer purposely slammed his head on the sidewalk and knocked him unconscious as the other police officers stood by.

Robert was sitting in the back-seat as a passenger in a car driven by his friend Rocky Nuckols, which was stopped by Officer Kathyria Maldonado in Meriden.

Officer Kenneth Egan responded to the scene as back-up with Officer Vasco Lacerda. He demanded Robert exit the vehicle and place his hands behind his back.

When Robert reached into his pocket to pull out his wallet, Officer Egan suddenly attacked and physically assaulted Robert by slamming Robert head first down so that Robert hit his head on the sidewalk.

After the gratuitous attack was over and Robert was unconscious, Officer Maldonado called an ambulance to take Robert to the hospital.

Robert lost consciousness after the assault and regained consciousness in the emergency room. He had lacerations to his head, face, nose, and left eye.

The thug police then decided to tack on bogus charges and Robert was charged with interfering with police and subsequently released on a $5,000 bond. Those charges were later dropped to creating a public disturbance and it seems Robert paid a $100 fine.

Via the Record-Journal:

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MERIDEN — Another lawsuit has been filed against members of the Police Department, this one by a Higganum man who says he was badly injured during a 2010 arrest.

Robert Seagrave, 54, filed the federal suit against officers Kenneth Egan, Vasco Lacerda and Kathyria Maldonado on Monday, claiming they violated his civil rights by using unreasonable force during an arrest. He is represented by attorney Sally A. Roberts, who is pursuing several lawsuits against the city and the Police Department.

City Attorney Deborah Moore declined to comment on the suit Wednesday, citing policies on pending litigation. Police Chief Jeffry Cossette has repeatedly declined to comment on the specifics of brutality allegations, but has defended the department’s actions.

None of the officers named in the suit responded to a request for comment Wednesday.

Seagrave alleges that at around 1 a.m. on July 15, 2010, he was sitting in the backseat of a car being driven by a friend, Rocky Nuckols, in the area of South Grove Street and Hanover Street when Maldonado pulled them over. Egan and Lacerda arrived as back-up officers, and all three passengers were ordered out of the car.

Seagrave says he reached for his wallet in his back pocket to provide his identification as Egan was performing a pat-down search. Egan then allegedly slammed Seagrave to the ground, with Seagrave’s head hitting the sidewalk.

Egan’s report stated that Seagrave acted aggressively during the incident and hit the ground as officers attempted to subdue him. Seagrave did not file a complaint with the department after the incident, according to Roberts.

According to the lawsuit, the blow caused Seagrave to lose consciousness; he woke up at MidState Medical Center. He suffered cuts to his head and face, and needed stitches near his left eye.

He was charged with interfering with police, but Seagrave’s lawyer said that charge was later dropped to creating a public disturbance, and he paid a $100 fine. A search of the state’s judicial branch website found that Seagrave has served prison time on multiple counts of driving under the influence, but shows no convictions since 2003.

According to a report filed by Egan, he ordered Seagrave, Nuckols and an unidentified third passenger out of the car after noticing that Nuckols, who was heavily intoxicated, reached for a large ratchet handle on the passenger side floor. An unlabeled prescription bottle full of pills was found in Nuckols’ pocket, and Egan ordered him to sit in the back of a police cruiser, according to the report.

A check of the unidentified passenger turned up nothing suspicious, so Egan turned his attention to Seagrave, who was also heavily intoxicated and unable to respond to basic questions. Egan wrote that as he performed a pat-down search, he asked Seagrave to hand over a pack of cigarettes he was holding.

Seagrave refused, Egan wrote, and “tensed up” as he tried to pull the cigarettes from his grasp. He told Seagrave to relax, but Seagrave pulled away and began moving toward Maldonado, according to Egan.

“Seagrave was aggressively swinging his arms at this point, yelling about handcuffs, so I quickly wrapped my arms around his waist and took him to the ground where I could gain control and compliance over the aggressive male,” Egan wrote.

Egan said Seagrave hit his head on the sidewalk during the struggle, and that an ambulance was called to take him to MidState. He later spoke with Seagrave at the hospital, where Seagrave stated he could not remember the confrontation, admitted he had had too much to drink and apologized to Egan, according to the report.

Nuckols was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drugs near a prohibited place, operating under suspension and driving while intoxicated, for which he was sentenced to 18 months in jail. There is no record of the third passenger having been arrested.

In an email to the Record-Journal, Roberts said her client never apologized, and was subjected to unfair treatment despite not having been engaged in any criminal activity.

“It is not a crime to have had a few beers and to be seated in the backseat, not behind the wheel,” she said.

Lacerda, Egan, and Maldonado remain on the city force. Egan is on administrative duty while state police investigate the April 21 death of Raul Rosado, who police say attacked officers with scissors before being shot.