I was threatened with arrest for dancing in public. I was, admittedly, quite drunk at the time. The thing is, this was in a college town on a Friday night. If simply being drunk was the full extent of what was necessary to be arrested in said town, a lot of people would be in a lot of trouble. Apparently some behaviors trigger irrational anger in some cops.
Which sounds more likely: Some NYC cop felt like fucking with random people and tackled a guy, or two drunk ass adults were causing a mess on a Subway platform, the cop asked for their ID, they couldn't provide, and then became belligerent when the cop asked them to come with him back to his post so he could run their info?
Now ask yourself, which one sells papers
Daily Mail story, which if your not form the UK translates as " (insert anything from immigrants to soup here) GIVES YOU CANCER, AIDS AND WILL MAKE YOU INFERTILE!" type journalism. In other words, pure scaremongering horseshit.
Probably a metric feckton of stuff they *haven't* reported, so cannot take seriously until an impartial news company takes up the story., The fact they probably haven't (to my knowledge) suggests it isn't as bad as they make out.
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That they were initially charged with resisting arrest but the charge was dropped almost immediately speaks volumes. This is a cop fucking with people, with near certainty.
I've had my share of run ins with the NYPD. Not for criminal activity, but just under circumstances that I had to deal with them. I found them to be lazy, to abuse their powers, and pretty much retarded.
Stories like this aren't making cops any more likeable to me. :P