Posted by Deborah Lee Jarrett
May 18, 2015 “Saratoga Springs police released the camera they had confiscated on Saturday, showing officer Nathan Baker pepper spraying a man sitting in his car before grabbing the man’s arm and twisting it out the window.
Officer Baker claimed he was arresting Adam Rupeka for disorderly conduct. Rupeka had flipped him off while driving past him.
And while the New York statute for disorderly conduct includes a line about making an “obscene gesture,” the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which encompasses New York, ruled that flipping cops off is protected by the Constitution.
And that is just one of many court rulings that decided the same, so Baker should have known better.
But he didn’t know or seemed to care, which, of course, gives us even more reason to want to flip him off.
But Baker was the one punished, if you want to call it that, when he was placed on paid administrative leave this week after police viewed the video.”
Photography is not a crime : http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2015/05/new-york-police-release-video-showing-cop-pepper-spraying-man-for-asking-questions/
I know what I posted yesterday. It makes it pretty clear that the cop knew too. They also , contrary to recent supreme court rulings, confiscated his cell phone.
This guy definitely gets a ” Bad cop, no donut” award.