Mayor Candidate Records a Police Beating, Gets Arrested for “Menacing” the Cops Involved


A few days ago, NYPD Chief Phillip Banks issued a memo reminding police officers that people have the right to fill them while they’re on duty, and that they can’t interfere and try to stop it from happening. It took only three days since then, unfortunately, for that memo to be forgotten.

Yesterday, an previously New York Mayor candidate named Randy Credico was arrested and jailed for recording the aggressive arrest of a man by officers in street clothes. While on his way to a campaign interview, Credico saw the two officers taking control of the man at the Van Cortland Park subway station, located in the Bronx.

The charges Credico himself was arrested on were for “menacing a police officer, obstructing government administration, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct”; basically, they’re the same exact charges you’d hear anyone being arrested for when they start recording a police officer. It seems that if filming them isn’t against the law, then they find a way to get you in handcuffs regardless. Credico, who has avidly been outspoken against the city’s “stop and frisk” policy already, make sure the details to the incident were no secret.

With what’s happening in Ferguson right now already, it doesn’t help that the man Credico filmed being arrested was an older black man, as well. Credico’s recent run-in with the police is only going to fuel more outrage against the NYPD, and it’ll most likely only help Credico in his campaign. With how much coverage stories like these receive, people are only going to get angrier, and there’s plenty of good cops out there that are going to start getting heat because of it. If the NYPD wants to be smart right now, it needs to make sure that things don’t like this happen; if not for the sake of citizens, then for the sake of their own police officers. It’s not right for tension like this between civilian and authority to exist when one is meant to protect the other, and kindling that tension only makes that job harder to uphold.

[Via Photography is Not a Crime, photo by torbakhoper]

  • Shannon Der Aldinger

    I hope he gets elected so he can *really* menace the NYPD.

  • Ralph Hightower

    Seems like any photographer wanting to photograph police activity in NYC needs to carry with them the New York City Police Chiefs order.

  • BLSS

    Not to stir the pot here but this site has changed from DIY photography to “police are the enemy” as of late. Any ideas as to why?

    • Alex_L_H

      I’m sorry, I couldn’t hear you over the sound of your stirring.

    • Frank

      In all seriousness, I’m also quite tired of these articles. There’s no shortage of websites out there that cater to the pissed-off photographer; I’d rather come here for the DIY projects.

    • thesmoothone

      it is a photography website and they are referring to photography in the article. If you want the exact facts of the arrest you should look that up elsewhere

    • sircracked

      I hate to say it, but DIY’er types are the ones MORE likely to encounter these kinds of problems, so it seems entirely apt here. Photogs with an established relationship with a news organ or even ones using professional gear out in public for “normal” (read, not photojournalism) shoots get much more respect, because A)pissing off an actual news corporation is a much dicier deal than busting some freelancer or public journalist, and B)expensive gear commands respect and gives legitimacy, rightly or wrongly. For a prime example, look at the actual story of the two journalists arrested last week covering the Ferguson matter. A phone call from the news organ they were related to and suddenly it was “oops, we must remind those forgetful officers not to do that, Sorry!” and they were released, no charges. I know these guys weren’t necessarily photographers (I actually don’t know for sure either way, actually), but the point is, you think that works with someone who’s simply interested in getting pictures of the event for self publishing or even a freelancer?

      And in general a photographer going out and doing a shoot of relatively benign things, say, a location shoot for engagement photos, or whatever, is a lot less likely to get hassled the more “pro” his/her gear looks. Does anyone ever actually check if what is an apparent film crew that is working actually has a permit or whatever, absent some obstruction or disruption of streets or other operations? Unlikely. But are they more inclined to check out something like a student project or something being done on a shoestring? Of course they are. Should either one have more rights than the other? Not in the slightest. Whatever rules apply to one should apply to the other (for any activities that are substantively the same). Do they? Not even close.

      That’s why, unfortunately, it seems like DIY needs to have at least some info and coverage on photography and police, and photography and public perception. Because it affects people at this level much more than at the level where there’s simply money and power to be thrown at the problem of annoyances like police and bureaucracy.

  • Jeffrey Guyer

    His mayoral campaign was last year– there is no current NYC mayoral campaign. Look at the date on the poster. He is currently a candidate for Governor– although the former comedian isn’t considered to be much of a political threat.

    • BLSS

      So again why are we perpetuating this crap? Can’t we all go back to DIY muslins? :-)

  • jason bourne

    “the right to FILL them when they’re on duty”?