One less dangerous criminal to worry about

A New York City police officer I wrote about several months ago who was recorded attacking a cyclist, and who then submitted an affidavit saying the attack went the other way around, has finally been fired. Not charged with criminal assault or anything, but it's more than they usually get.

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The Power of YouTube !

The Power of YouTube !

NYC Entrapment Program

Have you heard about the way they've been entrapping people in NYC lately.

The arrests have been documented by Duncan Osborne of the Gay City News over the last several months. Police are allegedly using handsome young undercover cops to cruise middle-aged gay men, offering to go home with them for consensual sex. As they leave the store together, the cop offers to pay the man for the sex, confusing the victims who can't imagine why the younger man would make such a proposal. Then, as they walk out of the store, the victim, despite never having agreed to any exchange of money, is surrounded by undercover cops, handcuffed and charged with prostitution.

Busted by youtube

You know, youtube is a really useful thing. There have been so many controversial cop videos on it that resulted in justice that would have otherwise happened. Think about the California subway beating that made national attention. There was even one in my home state about a Baltimore city cops abuse that resulted in firing and arrest.

The video I saw

showed that the officer started toward the curb on his right and then the bicyclist turned toward the curb in order to cut him off and force the officer to yield right of way.

I suspect the officer was pragmatically (not officially) fired for being stupid by walking in the street and then causing an incident that embarrassed his department. Been there, done that, never got fired because I retired before the last hammer fell.