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The NYPD Is Ready For Its Angry Close-Up

05.08.09 Bucky Turco

We’re not sure if the cops are doing anything illegal here or if the peaceful Indian man’s meddling questions were inappropriate, but the whole ordeal just feels a bit wrong. Between the shrieking woman, who was in the process of being placed under arrest, and the overly-aggressive, chest-jabby Asian cop, watch communication spectacularly breakdown at the Herald Square subway station on Friday night. Press play and make note of these timestamps below:

  • :03 Police officer takes out his phone to begin recording the incident for what appears to be his own personal amusement after telling the suspect “your nuts.”
  • :23 Off camera you can hear the cop say, “This is definite YouTube stuff.”
  • :45 He adds, “Woo I got that good one,” when she starts screaming.
  • :51 When asked what she did, he says, “She didn’t pay her fare, and went crazy, kicked the cops books, she did a karate.”
  • 1:02 The Indian gentleman asks the Asian cop a question he responds forcefully, “Sir mind your own business. Sir mind your own business. I’m not supposed to answers questions like that unless you’re a freaking lawyer,” emphasizing the point with some pokes to the man’s chest.
  • 1:16 Cop responds, “You got a problem? You’re gonna get locked up now, alright. You don’t ask questions like that, you’re not a lawyer. Listen you ain’t hear what happened. Did you see her kick someone. You got a problem now, hold on. Did you see what she did? Then why would you get involved if you didn’t see it? It doesn’t matter. Did you see what happened.”
  • 1:40 The cop pushes the old man into the metal barrier, he falls to the ground off camera. You can hear it.