New York cop to be fired for pepper-spraying and attacking CopBlocker who flipped him off

shutterstock_170726201-800x430A New York judge has dismissed the case against Adam Rupeka, a man from Troy who raised his middle finger in the direction of a cop — and who got pepper sprayed in the face, assaulted, handcuffed, and detained in return, the Saratogian reports.

On Thursday, City Court Judge Jeffrey Wait dropped all charges against Rupeka, which stem from a traffic stop earlier this month by Saratoga Springs police officer Nathan Baker.

Baker has reportedly been on administrative leave since supervisors learned of his May 16 attack on a citizen who had committed no crime. Still a member of the force, Baker is now suspended without pay pending a disciplinary hearing to take place within the next 30 days. The Saratogian reports that Police Chief Greg Veitch “will be seeking Baker’s termination.”

Rupeka says he will pursue a civil case against Baker, and is weighing legal options regarding action against the department.

Earlier this month, Rupeka — who works for CopBlock, police transparency advocate — was driving “near the Hampton Inn in downtown Saratoga Springs,” with two running cameras set up in his car. As he passed by, Rupeka flipped off a cop to test whether the officer would respect his first amendment right to free speech.

The officer, who happened to be Baker, did not.

In a WNYT video clip of the incident, Baker approaches Rupeka’s car after pulling him over, and demands the citizen’s license and information. Through an open driver’s side window, Rupeka tells Baker he will do that, if Baker can “articulate what crime I’ve committed.”

Baker articulates, “Step out of the vehicle,” as he removes a can of pepper spray from his pocket and begins shaking it. “You’re under arrest for disorderly conduct,” Baker says, and sprays burning liquid directly into Rupeka’s face.

Commanding Rupeka again to “step out of the vehicle,” Baker grabs Rupeka’s arm, and twists it backwards out the window.

“You gonna comply?” Baker demands, twisting Rupeka’s arm farther upward and back. Rupeka, whose head is pressed against the steering wheel at this point, grits his teeth and emits a painful groan: “I can’t.” The officer twists the driver’s arm still more until Rupeka relents, and exits the vehicle with Baker still pulling on his arm.

The video clip ends with Baker putting Rupeka in handcuffs and escorting him away from the vehicle.

Baker charged Rupeka with disorderly conduct, having an obstructed view, resisting arrest, and obstruction of governmental administration.

On its Facebook page, CopBlock describes itself as “a decentralized project supported by a diverse group of individuals united by their shared goal of police accountability… documenting police actions whether they are illegal, immoral or just a waste of time and resources then putting direct pressure on the individuals responsible (ideally while recording and then later sharing), we can work together to bring about transparency and have a real impact… We do not “hate cops.” We believe that no one – not even those with badges – has extra rights. The failure to realize and act on that is to our detriment. By focusing the disinfecting light of transparency on public officials we safeguard not just our rights but those of future generations.”

Watch a Saratoga Springs, New York police officer attack, pepper spray, and detain a driver he’d pulled over for allegedly giving him the middle finger:

Originally posted at by Joan Shipps.

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  • Common Sense

    I guess when you are unemployable, you file lawsuits. Like Adam….and Pete…..and Ian…

  • Yes, and every blue moon an asshole wearing a blue costume and funny badge gets his stiupid ass canned for behavior that you seem to endorse with virtually every comment you make.

    Its something, but he should, as well, be charged with assault and be forced to pay his victim from his own pocket.

    You see, dumb ass, had you any real defense that wouldn’t sound ludicrous, you would not have to use a fallacy to misdirect from the information provided in this post.

    But that is what you do. Bullshit, no matter how fucking stupid it makes you appear.

  • simpleton

    There would be no lawsuit if that cop had skin that was a little thicker than a coat of paint. He could have just bit his tongue, taken a few deep breaths, let the guy keep driving down the street and he would still have his job, his pension, and not be a youtube celebrity asshole. Please tell me this makes a teeny tiny bit of sense to you.

  • Common Sense

    I’ve already made my view in this clear when it was first posted. Feel free to look it up.

    The DA made a motion to dismiss and the chief moved to term him. Perhaps he’s a bad egg, perhaps not. Maybe he’ll get termed and maybe not.

    Oh and it’s not misinformation, it’s factual, all three have been plaintiffs.

    Oh, and on a side note, I know it bothers you to no end. That’s why you continue to reply. You can’t ignore it. You can’t stop yourself.

  • Shawn

    Simpleton has it. If the cop had been lawful in his conduct, no one could sue. This is on the officer, not the finger flipper.

  • JC

    Typical copblockers. There is no excuse to flip off LEOs or anyone for that matter. I seriously doubt the officer will be fired. Copblockers are just not high enough on the list for anyone to care.

  • IamTheCoon

    If I don’t like someone that is more than enough reason for me to flip the bird. It’s treated as an opinion in terms of freedom. If anyone can say what they want with their mouth then they can certainly make any gesture that doesn’t articulate any physical harm to the intended person.

  • SineNomine

    The cop shouldn’t just be fired, he should face criminal charges for battery, kidnapping and false imprisonment.

  • Common Sense

    So when there’s a “lawful” shooting by police, then no one can sue?

  • Patrick H.

    Ok so the cop admits disorderly conduct. Seems the a breach of his 1st amendment, charge the officer with disorderly conduct, and his body being his own property was unreasonably searched and or seized. Just sayin.

  • Patrick H.

    Fuck you asshole I’ve seen LEO’s flip people off.

  • Patrick H.

    When you think about he was fleeing from the officer, no threat. The officer chased him down to attack him. THREAT!!

  • Patrick H.

    Officers are employed and file lawsuits all the time. Hmmm?

  • Patrick H.

    Officers are employed and file lawsuits all the time. Hmmm?

  • Patrick H.

    What yer saying is the cop knew better but chose a crimminal path over Pride? One of the seven deadly sins I might add.

  • Patrick H.

    Truth is the officer should have just flip him off back. Then what? Most of the public uses the bird so it cant be dangerouse so what was he protecting other than pride. Hitler was prideful.

  • Laura W

    It never ceases to amaze me how police departments are always
    saying how they don’t understand why people aren’t more sympathetic when a
    police officer is injured or killed. Well it is their fault. Social media has
    exposed their brutality towards people and their pets on a daily basis and with
    everyone armed with a camera they will continue to be exposed. Their own actions
    have desensitized people to what happens to them—-and for those who aren’t
    yet desensitized it is just a matter of time. Police openly break the law
    without consequences daily as evidenced by all the available video online and
    they wonder why they are not given any respect. You have to give it to get it.

    A policeman used to be someone you could look up to and go to for help but not
    anymore. Now people tend to take care of themselves rather than call the police
    due to their lack of trust in the police. I have known some very good policemen
    in the past but can’t say too much about now. I keep seeing the words “Police
    State” used to describe people’s respective police department which doesn’t
    bode to well for policemen. Again you have to give respect to get it…….

  • Shawn

    Because we just need cops with no self control? His actions were criminal, whatever you think of the copblocker. And it isn’t about how high up a copblocker is. It is what standard is expected from a cop.

    And while you are concerned about a cop getting flipped off, try considering how foul mouthed cops get with people from behind their badges.

  • Shawn

    What? Are you trying to pretend this cop’s actions were lawful? Whatever lawsuit comes of this, the cop caused it. All he had to do is what he would expect anyone else to do, ignore it.
    On the street, if I responded like this cop did, how would that have ended for me? Criminal charges. It wouldn’t even be about getting fired, it would be what punishment a judge gave me.

  • Aaron Davison

    Everyone needs to ignore this jc fella t and common whatever the fuck his screen name is. They are only here to instigate if it’s for they’re own personal pleasure that just makes them slightly fucked up in the head !! If an organization or company puts them up to it well it’s useless even reading they’re one sided comments either way I’d say quit responding to theyre crap and let them fade away

  • JChatesamericaanditsppl

    If you hate this country and its founding document so much why don’t you just leave?

    I think some place like Russia would be more inline with your thoughts and point of view.

    Typical commie thinks his wants n needs are more valueable then anyone else’s.

    I don’t know if you have seen or heard but tin badges don’t grant extra rights.

    Denounce your american citizenship and move to a more oppressive governing country. Sense you want so bad for a master to control and rule over you. I get it some people just can’t live free.

  • corkie

    You’re going to get fired and maybe even charged with a crime soon.

    Now, admit that the Supreme Court creates law.

  • u

    As the pendulum swings, how much blood will be shed?

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    Torture is such a wonderful teaching tool. It brings out the creativity in even the most docile of teachers. Do you ever wonder what type of student you would be? I would bet your patience wouldn’t hold too long.

  • JCisGAYforPAY

    I believe he is an enemy of the state, if I’m not mistaken, the current term is terrorist. He should be dealt with swiftly and with extreme prejudice.

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    Common is here to play the devil’s advocate. the others however should be ignored, you are correct. They won’t be tho, people that are upset about the current atmosphere of police behavior are going to be inflamed by their comments. I use the forum to just release the hate, rather than letting it build.

  • DeadPigGoodPig

    All threats must be eliminated. The only good pig is a dead pig.

  • :)

    Hey, hey. Don’t lump Hitler in with these morons, he wasn’t near as bad as these fuckers. I mean he had his quirks, but jeesh……

  • WD!

    Your life must be so sad, badge worshipping fucktard

  • WD!

    Funny picture, I believe they were flipping off the local PD in that scene

  • Aaron Davison

    Why they continue to comment on every post just baffles me. They are without a doubt feeding the hate. And you my friend obviously don’t need fed anymore hate lol. But seriously it seems as though they are engaged in some shady shit and as much as I want to respond to them I just can’t stoop to there level anymore

  • MikeK

    JC you will be caught one day because you are as dirty a cop as they come

  • Yankeefan

    I bet you were pissing your pants at being able to offer your standard troll lines on a topic like this. Weren’t ya slappy?

  • steve

    You purposely went out of your way to create the situation.What did you think would happen. If you did this to a Hells Angel do you think he would listen to your banter about the Supreme Court or would you be in a worse situation. I agree the cop went too far but you antagonized the situation. Then you write this article as if your entirely innocent of doing anything.You filmed this from the beginning to end. Your purpose was set and you poured gasoline on the fire. Perhaps anyone else would have kicked your ass for the nasty gesture.

  • steve

    One thing for sure is don’t pick a fight with them it will never end up with any other way than you loose for being stupid.

  • steve

    Common Sense is good for this site.

  • Denise

    The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) features “The Law Enforcement Oath of Honor” on its website. This is the oath that all LEOs in Florida are required to take when being sworn. I believe it’s used throughout the country. If a rookie swears to uphold the Constitution, but does not understand it for lack of training or intelligence, this oath is meaningless.

    On my honor,
    I will never betray my badge,
    my integrity, my character,
    or the public trust.
    I will always have
    the courage to hold myself
    and others accountable for our actions.
    I will always uphold the constitution
    my community and the agency I serve.

  • weThePolice

    Exactly, the officer held “others accountable” for disrespect of police

  • RaymondbyEllis

    No, you actually file lawsuits when you think you’ve been wronged. In this case you want to maintain arresting someone for flipping off a cop is right? What happened to settled law?

    What’s worse, the cop used the fiction cops are often accused of as the “contempt of cop” charge. There was only one peace disturbed, the cop that may now be fired.

    The rule of law applies in this case, not hurt feelings. The cop wasn’t following the rule of law, he was following his rules.

  • RaymondbyEllis

    Of course, when the professionals do it they’re unprofessional.

    Standards? We don’t need no stinking standards.

  • RaymondbyEllis

    When it’s in scare quotes, yeah.

  • RaymondbyEllis

    It would be unprofessional, it would leave him unable to make up a charge, but it would be funny. Personally, if I were disposed to flip off cops, I’d laugh my ass off at a flip back, and follow with a thumbs up and a wave. Human a human.

    Still, it would be unprofessional of the honor and integrity crowd upholding the highest ideals.

  • RaymondbyEllis

    A good reason to never make a civilian’s arrest over being flipped off. Just sayin’….

  • RaymondbyEllis

    Obviously you’re not for the rule of law. One, you support a cop acting unlawfully, and two you think the rule of law only applies to some.

    “Copblockers are just not high enough on the list for anyone to care.” Yep the groups that aren’t liked enough shouldn’t have the support of the law. Damn, spoken like a true un-American.

  • Common Sense

    “Release the hate,” wasn’t that in a movie, Tom Green with a boa about to eat a mouse or something?

  • StBernardnot

    Did you read the article? Looks to me like the pig came in second. By the way. A pig (working as a bouncer) picked a fight with me, one evening. He came in second, too. F all you copsuckers

  • StBernardnot

    Now that’s FUNNY!

  • StBernardnot

    Does it hurt to be so stupid?

  • weThePolice

    Wucha mean??? I feel fine, much better than that moron who got a face full of pepper spray and a tweaked elbow for disrespecting his superiors. Since your the one that is whining and spinning fairytales about beating up police officers, your obviously the one suffering from a painful stupidity

  • StBernardnot

    Superiors? That’s funny. Copsucker

  • steve

    And his behavior got him in trouble.

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  • Joseph Murray

    ‘anyone else’ would have been arrested for it too. Unless they’re a cop, of course.

  • Michael Loflin

    ONE ON ONE YOU ARE A PUSSY That is why you pigs have to bully and gang up on people

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