So this is from a year ago, but the response of NYPD at the time is timeless. Ex-Tennis Star James Blake Testifies Against NYPD Police Officer in Mistaken Arrest – NBC New York
So a cop mistakes a tennis pro, James Blake (now ex-pro) for a suspect. Without identifying himself, throws Blake to the ground and handcuffs him. Do I need to mention that he is black?
Other cops show up and ignore Blake’s protests. Finally a superior shows up, realizes the mistake and lets him go. (Up to this point they are acting like a bunch of idiots, but haven’t crossed over to acting like hoodlums.)
After the story circulates, THEN the cops begin acting like hoodlums – and lying about the encounter to protect (they think) their asses.
Responding to reports of the encounter, the NYPD initially added insult to injury by claiming Blake had only been detained for a couple minutes and was never manhandled or handcuffed, he says. He decided to seek out hotel security, which showed him the video proving he was slammed down and kept cuffed at least 10 minutes.
You would think that this far into the new century that cops – especially in a big city – would KNOW that they are probably on camera. But that didn’t stop the knee-jerk reaction of deny, deny, deny. Of course when the video came to light, instead of looking like idiots, they start to look like a criminal conspiracy.
They could have short-circuited 85% of this mess if A) someone had checked the guy’s identity, and B) they had apologized for their mistake. Instead, they doubled down on being idiots by refusing to apologize, and then proceeded to lie about what actually did occur, which is idiotic, but goes enough beyond just plain stupid.