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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Update On Roosevelt Island Public Safety Deli Incident - Does Video Show Fabricated Public Safety Testimony About Incident?

During the April 21 Roosevelt Island Public Safety Rally and March presentations, Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Common Council Member (and member of Public Safety Committee) Frank Farance charged that the written testimony given by Public Safety officers about the December 9, 2012 incident at the M&D Deli was fabricated.

Mr. Farance compared the written Public Safety report obtained through a Freedom Of Information Law request with security video taken at the time of the incident to show differences between the video and the testimony.

Here's Mr. Farance's presentation.

This previous post shows the deli security video of the incident. (Click on Full Screen to enlarge)

Part 1. According to Mr. Farance:
This is the first person being arrested.  The key points are the employee P and employee Q in the next two videos.

Part 2. According to Mr. Farance:
In this video while person X is being arrested, employee P is trying to keep his friend, person Y, out of the arrest process.  At time 02:14:39, you see Public Safety officer #3 come back, holding a cup of coffee in hand, then put the coffee on the top of the fridge and arrest employee P who was trying to protect Public Safety.  By 02:15:02 employee P is already handcuffed and not resisting arrest, but at 02:15:06 PSO #3 is striking employee P with a baton on his knees.

Part 3 According to Mr. Farance:
As Public Safety officers are walking out with Person X, Person Y, and employee P handcuffed, at 02:16:47 the second employee Q appears to ask (presumably) about why they are taking the other employee.  The last two Public Safety officers then arrest employee Q for asking about his fellow employee.

Here's more video of the April 21 Roosevelt Island Public Safety March and Rally.


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CheshireKitty said...

I find the comparison between the report and the video chilling since it represents official "lying". I hope that this story reaches the investigative bodies that are looking into PSD since it graphically illustrates both the problem of PSD brutality and official corruption.