NYPD Creates Posters Featuring Anti-Brutality Activists’ Photos And Personal Info

You may not be a criminal suspect, but the police will feature you in a “wanted” poster if they don’t like you. Via DNAinfo New York:

The NYPD has created a “wanted” poster for a Harlem couple who film cops conducting stop-and-frisks and post the videos on YouTube — branding them “professional agitators” who portray cops in a bad light and listing their home address, DNAinfo.com New York has learned.

The flyer featured side-by-side mugshots of Matthew Swaye, 35, and his partner Christina Gonzalez, 25, and warned officers to be on guard against them. It was spotted by multiple people, including the couple, when it was taped to a podium outside a public hearing room in the 30th Precinct house last Thursday, where residents met for precinct council meeting.

“Be aware that above subjects are known professional agitators,” read the flyer, which bears the NYPD shield and a seal of the NYPD’s Intelligence Division. It also gave the home address of the couple.

“Above subjects MO is that they video tape officers performing routine stops and post on YouTube,” the sign said. “Subjects purpose is to portray officers in a negative way and too deter officers from conducting there [sic] responsibilities.”

The flyer also listed the name and cellphone number of a Sgt. Nicholson in the 30th Precinct, and implored cops to “not feed into above subjects propaganda.” Nicholson did not respond to a request for comment. The NYPD also did not respond to repeated requests.

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    You know, with guys like Mitt Romney wandering around impersonating officers, I think it’d be in everybody’s interest for all forces to mandate a public, online registry of OFFICERS, including photos and badge #’s.  What objection could they have to that?

    • LanceHardpound

      That doesn’t already exist?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Savio/100001826954767 Daniel Savio

    lmao, they portray cops in a bad light…by filming them.  Let’s think about that for a second.

  • arghh

    ooh we got ourselves a new regime brewing!   Oh the irony, totalitarian America, about time.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Wrapped in a what? Carrying a what?
    Fascism doesn’t even seem to need the disguise anymore.

    • Jin The Ninja

       nope, institutional blue works perfectly.

      • Anarchy Pony

        When they switch to grey we’ll be in real trouble.

  • http://twitter.com/alizardx A.Lizard

    “People always get the kind of local government they deserve.” E.E. “Doc” Smith

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    > branding them “professional agitators” who portray cops in a bad light

    that’s surely a crime
    only cops are allowed to be professional agitators
    and portray themselves in a bad light

    and congratulations to the video vigilantes
    but how long before they die in some tragic accident?

    • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

      We both know thats exactly what NYPD has in mind. Pass the names and faces around…and hope some fella on shift catches the two in a discreet location sometime.

  • http://twitter.com/radiorev radioreview.us

    So what is Sgt. Nicholson in the 30th Precinct’s cell phone #?

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