Harassment by the 13th Precinct

Harassment by the 13th Precinct

Harassment by the 13th Precinct

Harassment by the 13th Precinct

Harassment by the 13th Precinct

Harassment by the 13th Precinct

Harassment by the 13th Precinct

Harassment by the 13th Precinct

July 7th, two members of the No Police State Coalition were arrested at the Free Speech Speakout, held in Union Square. Both members were arrested while not even using the bullhorn(an issue that brings the police at odds with the group). One member was arrested for what the police say is harassment and another member was arrested while he was holding the bullhorn. During the arrests, other members and the general public, showing their outrage over the arrests, were physically pushed around by the police. Later in the night, several members and group supporters witnessed Parks Department police confesicating someone's scooter at the park and proceeded to document it. A 13th Precinct police officer by the name of James, who arrested a NPSC member earlier in the day, then proceeded to approach a teenager filming the Parks Department cops, placed his hat over the camcorder and told her to stop filming because it was illegal to film undercover cops. "They have families" he said. This action by officer James was inherently illegal as there is no law stating that you cannot film undercover cops. A lawyer was later contacted to confirm this. When the girl refused to back down, James resorted to harassment. The girl responded and James asked "Is that the best you can do?" repeatedly while being inches from her face, clearly trying to get anything for an arrest. A crowd gathered around the two facing off and more cops came on the scene. A police officer by the name of Perez then informed the girl with the videocamera that if the crowd did not dispurse, SHE would be arrested for disorderly conduct. Still refusing to backdown, the girl escaped arrest because James was subsequently pulled away from the argument by a fellow police officer. This is evidence of the constant harassment in the Union Square area, not just of members of No Police State, but the general public as well as the Critical Mass that departs from that park. A complaint will be filed against the officer. Credit: Photos by Tomas Melchor