If Trump's Feds Can Kidnap People Off The Streets, NYPD Don't Mind If It Do!
Yesterday, during a protest in NYC, plainclothes NYPD officers grabbed a teenage trans woman and threw her into an unmarked van. Videos show men wearing shorts and T-shirts grabbing Nikki Stone, 18, and throwing her into a white Kia minivan. At no point is she shown a badge or warrant, told why she is being kidnapped, or read her rights.
cops kidnapped my friend off the street. literally all she was doing was pointing out the unmarked car https://t.co/QfeGMFWWRd— midwinter Kay (@midwinter Kay) 1595981507.0
None of the videos of the event make the NYPD look any better.
After videos of the "arrest" went viral and people questioned whether Trump's fascist goons had invaded the city, the NYPD confirmed that disappearing people is not limited to the feds — regular cops can do it, too!
According to the NYPD, they had a warrant for Stone's arrest because she had "damag[ed] police cameras." (They did not stop to tell her this as they kidnapped her.) The NYPD also appeared to try to justify the arrest by claiming that the protesters "assaulted" the NYPD thugs with rocks and bottles.
Let's go to the tape!
@NYPDnews nypd assaulted with bottle https://t.co/n5Il5zfJJ8— Reed Dunlea (@Reed Dunlea) 1595984324.0
Yeah, looks like some lives were definitely at risk from that plastic Dasani bottle rolling towards their feet.
AOC and the ACLU weighed in yesterday.
Our civil liberties are on brink. This is not a drill. There is no excuse for snatching women off the street and t… https://t.co/F1wmA5qdom— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1595999048.0
As did several New York City Council members.
Agree with @CarlinaRivera here: with anxiety about what’s happening in Portland, the NYPD deploying unmarked vans w… https://t.co/bGOOn8epLM— Brad Lander (@Brad Lander) 1595987052.0
And the Manhattan borough president.
We can’t let what is happening in Portland happen here. Part of police accountability is ordinary citizens knowing… https://t.co/WkMUMLp5QH— Gale A. Brewer (@Gale A. Brewer) 1595987358.0
The mayor, on the other hand, was nowhere to be seen. Despite calls for accountability, Bill de Blasio's initial reaction was to bury his head in the sand. As reported by Gothamist,
Asked about the incident, Mayor Bill de Blasio's deputy press secretary, Julia Arredondo, forwarded links to the NYPD's statement on Twitter. She did not respond to an inquiry about whether de Blasio had personally seen the video, or if this was an appropriate arrest of someone accused of criminal mischief.
Later Wednesday morning, he finally released a mealy-mouthed statement saying it had been "the wrong time and the wrong place to effectuate the arrest," but ultimately defending the officers.
"I want to affirm very clearly, no one is allowed to damage police property. That is a real offense, that is an offense that can lead to an arrest," said de Blasio. "There's lots of powerful ways to make an impact without damaging any property. If you damage property, it will lead to consequences."
After Stone was disappeared, the other protesters continued to Washington Square Park, where they were greeted by the NYPD with pepper spray and more arrests.
They just rushed us, tackled us, maced us, beat us with batons. We fell back and they followed us to Madison Square… https://t.co/Yx1lQRExXH— RebeccaaabolitionNOW (@RebeccaaabolitionNOW) 1595975264.0
New York City Councilmember Carlina Rivera announced Wednesday morning that Stone had been released.
We’ve just received confirmation that Nikki has been released. Thank you to all the advocates who have been bringin… https://t.co/yHQ5G1OyMx— Carlina Rivera 利華娜 (@Carlina Rivera 利華娜) 1596000380.0
Stone has been charged with five counts of vandalism and "criminal mischief." So clearly she is a super violent criminal who needs to be ambushed by secret police while exercising her First Amendment rights.
While all eyes are on the federal goon squads in Portland and other cities, this is a great reminder that feds are not the only thugs in law enforcement.
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