An Afternoon With the NYPD

The explanation from the YouTuber:

Here’s the scene:

We were enjoying the nice spring weather from our balcony. A friend was visiting on his bike, and he rode up on the sidewalk from the street to our front door. In NYC this is illegal. You are supposed to stop in the street, get off the bike and walk it on the sidewalk. Although he was merely coming from the street up to our front door, those few second were illegal. NYPD rolls up and tickets him for this ($150 fine or appear in court!).

Meanwhile our neighbor walks by while this scene is unfolding. They exchange some banter. We all laughed. He keeps walking.

From there everything escalates… Seems completely unnecessary to me…

At the end of the day, he was charged with harassment, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Welcome to an afternoon with the NYPD

11 Comments

  1. Seems like there would be better things for a dozen cops and three police cars to be dealing with. I just hope that New York isn’t one of the states that makes it illegal to video record police officers.

      1. Another thought re: recording police officers

        I wonder if that applies to fixed CCTV cameras, or just to portable handheld types? From what I’ve read about Maryland and Oregon, the legalities revolve around wiretapping (voice recording) If it becomes a crime to record police at all, there going to have issues with the hundreds of thousands of CCTV cameras. Police officer walks into a bank, and they have to turn the cameras off?

        On the other hand, if it only applies to handheld cameras, I say put CCTV everywhere! Install a couple cameras in your car for those enjoyable roadside chats. Get a nice camera at your front door. If you happen to live in a 2-party-consent audio recording state, don’t get cameras with microphones.

      2. Excellent point about CCTV cams. What about the dash cams in police cruisers? Sounds like an Onion report: every cop is now required to arrest him/herself daily!

  2. Basically the cops have enough of a wide array of tiny, subjective laws to charge you with that if they want to arrest you, they can always find something to charge you with. Talking too loud = disturbing the peace. Saying anything against the police with in their earshot = harassment. Not producing ID when asked (for no reason) or asking why you’re being detained = resisting arrest, failure to comply with an officer’s orders, etc. It’s bullshit and a great many cops are overly aggressive, anti social douche bags to begin with.

  3. The problem of police abusing their power, harassing citizens for petty nonsense, all the while completely neglecting their duty of actually preventing serious crimes and protecting people has become so prevalent and ingrained in US police culture, that it’s pretty much beyond control. It’s getting to be that your only defense is to stay in your home and barely speak. Which seems to be exactly what the police and government want everybody to do. Stay in your house, watch TV, pay your taxes, and don’t you dare object to authority…..

  4. I hadn’t heard of this law, which worries me. I wouldn’t want to get ticketed for a law I didn’t even know existed. How do the lawmakers expect people to comply with laws if they don’t teach the public about them? Or maybe it’s all part of a nefarious plan…

  5. You know, I think they had every right to arrest the guy. They asked him nicely to present his ID and he refused. Instead of resisting and arguing, he should have just complied with their request. It’s a shame that some people aren’t capable of positively contributing to our society.

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