Police Abuse

Man Arrested in Syracuse While Filming Cops Arresting Someone Else

Officers tells man, doing nothing obvious requiring arrest in video other than filming, he will "fuck you up" if he doesn't instantly comply.

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Video sent live initially to Facebook Live, shot by a man with a group called "OG Against Violence" which is deliberately designed to keep a citizen eye on possible police misconduct, shows the man being arrested by a Syracuse, NY, officer for no obvious crime other than filming the officer conducting a roadside arrest across the street.

The video:

After being ordered to not speak by the officer and threatened with arrest if he did speak, for no obvious reason, the videographer says he didn't hear the officer.

The officer then strides across the street toward him and grabs him and arrests him, with the camera falling to the ground.

The audio on the clip features the officer saying that "don't fucking move you understand me…or I'm-a fuck you up." When the filmer begged for some mercy on the basis that he claimed he wore a defibrillator, the officer admitted: "I don't give a fuck. I told you to stop fucking coming around here," indicating that perhaps cop-filming activism had something to do with why the officer was annoyed enough with him to arrest him for no apparent reason.

The official charges were "misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and obstructing government administration," as Syracuse.com reports.

That report from Syracuse.com gives the official reason for the arrest in addition to the charges. It's quite compelling:

City Court Judge Mary Anne Doherty read from the charges filed against [Maurice] Crowley. According to the criminal complaint, Crowley stood across the street during a police drug investigation. Crowley used his hands to make a "circle motion" and made "tornado comments" while officers conducted a search, Doherty said.

Crowley's actions presented a dangerous situation and interfered with the investigation, the complaint said.

Doherty said Crowley is charged with resisting arrest for refusing to put his hands behind his back or over his head when an officer attempted to handcuff him. When an officer grabbed his elbow he "tensed up" and was then tackled to the ground.

The audio seems clear, and while the filmer was grousing about police misconduct and "Uncle Toms" (the arresting officer was black) prior to being arrested, I could not make out any "tornado comments."

The "Photography is Not a Crime" website, where I first found the clip, insists their sources say the arrested videographer was named Crawley, not Crowley, as the Syracuse.com site reported. An earlier Syracuse.com report also calls him Crawley. He faces a court date on August 25 but was released from jail.

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23 responses to “Man Arrested in Syracuse While Filming Cops Arresting Someone Else

  1. Gotta love it when “resisting arrest” is the only charge.

    1. The only thing I gotta do is die, X.

    2. I don’t much care for the cut of your jib, citizen. Move along or face the short blue cock of the law.

    3. I find it baffling that if you resist an unlawful arrest, welp now suddenly you’ve done something wrong. It’s basically submit or else, which is not the way it’s supposed to go.

      1. That’s the way it was under the Common Law. Unfortunately the police lobby passed laws making their word law. Resisting arrest is a felony, even if the police lacked probable cause for the arrest in the first place.

        1. It depends on jurisdiction:
          http://www.governing.com/blogs…..a-law.html

  2. Crowley stood across the street during a police drug investigation. Crowley used his hands to make a “circle motion” and made “tornado comments” while officers conducted a search, Doherty said.

    Crowley’s actions presented a dangerous situation and interfered with the investigation, the complaint said.

    So making circular hand motions and comments presents a dangerous situation and interferes with an investigation?

    Doherty said Crowley is charged with resisting arrest for refusing to put his hands behind his back or over his head when an officer attempted to handcuff him. When an officer grabbed his elbow he “tensed up” and was then tackled to the ground.

    So not moving a muscle or tensing up when grabbed is “resisting arrest”?

    Holy shit, but these cops are some fragile fucking flowers.

    Here’s hoping the idiocy of these cops makes Mr. Crowley a rich man.

    1. Too bad it will be the taxpayers making Crowley a rich man.

      1. ^ This.

        Until the settlements are drawn directly from the police’s pension fund the boots on the ground will never actually care about reigning in their behavior.

        1. Pension fund? Fuck that. 50% garnishment of paychecks from all officers in the department until the award is paid off. Make it hurt.

  3. According to the criminal complaint, Crowley stood across the street [and] used his hands to make a “circle motion” and made “tornado comments”

    Case dismissed!

    *** pounds gavel ***

    Prosecutor will approach the bench ….

    1. Prosecutor will bend over for the ass-fucking with Tiger Balm and 40 grit.

  4. The audio on the clip features the officer saying that “don’t fucking move you understand me…or I’m-a fuck you up.”

    The officer then added “It’s a-me, Mario! Wa-hoo! Here we go!” as he wrestled the man to the ground.

  5. Typical thug cop but will BLM give a shit? He is black after all.
    I don’t get the tornado reference. What’s the relevance?

    1. Obviously, the officer was merely enforcing common sense assault-weather laws.

    2. Yeah, can’t say I’m familiar with the term “tornado comments” either.

      The judge sounds like a lickspittle.

  6. Cop’s use of “fuck” should result in serious punishment/demotion. Unprofessional as fuck.

  7. It’s just a few bad apples.

  8. WTF is a tornado comment?

    1. I’ve lived in Oklahoma my whole life and the only real tornado comments I can think of are “Is it headed this way?” “Did you see that?” and “I’m out of beer,” or some variation thereof of these types of comments. I fail to see how any of them (save for some form of “oh shit! Did you see that?”) would apply to an arrest.

  9. This is why public sector unions should all be abolished. The tax payer reaps no benefit from them, and typical is a loser for a government funded special interest.

  10. Huge jerks get constitutional rights too. It’s unprofessional to arrest an ass for being an ass and the videographer was being an ass when he called the black police officer Uncle Tom. Perhaps the police officer heard him and took exception?

    The price of liberty is that the videographer jerk will probably get a payoff for his provocation. There’s a right to photograph in public and video public servants doing their job in public. The cop needs to better understand the job he signed on for.

  11. Huge jerks get constitutional rights too. It’s unprofessional to arrest an ass for being an ass and the videographer was being an ass when he called the black police officer Uncle Tom. Perhaps the police officer heard him and took exception?

    The price of liberty is that the videographer jerk will probably get a payoff for his provocation. There’s a right to photograph in public and video public servants doing their job in public. The cop needs to better understand the job he signed on for.

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