Video: Cop promises videographer he’ll be raped in jail

From The Gothamist:

Late Friday night/early Saturday morning, the NYPD raided Surreal Estate, an underground party club in Bushwick. Witnesses say that when police arrived, the hosts refused to let them in, demanding to see a warrant. The police then forcibly entered by kicking down doors and breaking through windows. Once inside, some attendees say police unleashed pepper spray. We’re told ten arrests were made and nine were charged with Obstruction of Governmental Administration (among other charges), but the real fun happened outside, when camera gadfly Vladimir Teichberg pestered an anachronistically dressed plainclothes cop, who promised Teichberg he’d be raped in jail if didn’t disperse.

Wylie Stecklow, a civil rights attorney representing Teichberg and the Glass Bead Collective, tells us that while it’s unclear if laws are being broken, “policies are being broken. I believe the officer can be investigated for misconduct. There needs to be a CCRB investigation, because this officer was clearly being discourteous. Telling a videographer he would be abused in prison and be arrested when he’s not breaking any laws… This seems to me to be—while not necessarily illegal—certainly not within the bounds of the Courtesy, Professionalism, and Respect that the NYPD has promised his citizens. That the same office tells another female over and over that she is ugly, that is incredibly is discourteous.” (We’ve reached out to the NYPD for comment; we’re waiting to hear back.)

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