The story, of course, portrays the arrestee as some poor, innocent person who happened to be sitting quietly on his back porch, reading a compilation of Lord Byron's poetry and sipping Chamomile tea when jack-booted, government thugs jumped his back fence and dragged him to their cruisers and arrested him.
Poor little Neffy -- the police hurt his feelings, while they arrested him "for no good reason."
|Cruz, 21, told the NBC 10 Investigators that police arrested him last Wednesday for taking a picture of police activity with his cell phone. |
Police at the 35th district said they were in Cruz's neighborhood that night arresting a drug dealer. Cruz said that when he heard a commotion, he walked out of his back door with his cell phone to see what was happening. He said that when he saw the street lined with police cars, he decided to take a picture of the scene."I opened (the phone) and took a shot," Cruz said.
Moments late, Cruz said he got the shock of his life when an officer came to his back yard gate."He opened the gate and took me by my right hand," Cruz said. Cruz said the officer threw him onto a police ca, cuffed him and took him to jail. A neighbor said she witnessed the incident and could not believe what she saw."He opened up the gate and Neffy was coming down and he went up to Neffy, pulled him down, had Neffy on the car and was telling him, 'You should have just went in the house and minded your own business instead of trying to take pictures off your picture phone,'" said Gerrell Martin.
Cruz said police told him that he broke a new law that prohibits people from taking pictures of police with cell phones."They threatened to charge me with conspiracy, impeding an investigation, obstruction of a investigation. They said, 'You were impeding this investigation.' (I asked,) "By doing what?' (The officer said,) 'By taking a picture of the police officers with a camera phone,'" Cruz said. Cruz's parents, who got him out of jail, said police told them the same thing."He said he was taking pictures with his cell phone and that was obstructing an investigation," said Aracelis Cruz, Neftaly Cruz's mother. The NBC 10 Investigators asked the ACLU union how they viewed the incident."There is no law that prevents people from taking pictures of what anybody can see on the street," said Larry Frankel of the American Civil Liberties Union.
This is just another liberal, snowjob fluff piece. Here are my thoughts on why Neffy went to jail.
I wasn't there and I don't purport to know exactly what happened but here's my educated guess (based on my experiences). Neffy was in his backyard chillin with some of his homies, one of these homies being the local drug dealer. When a car rolls down the alley, drug dealer homie goes over and sells the driver some weed. Undercover police who have been surveilling 'drug dealer' for a while roll in from both sides of the alley and arrest drug dealer homie. Neffy starts to complain to the officers about how they don't need to be puttin handcuffs on my boy like dat and starts yelling and inciting the other gangbangers who are in the yard with Neffy. Neffy states that he's going to file a complaint against the police for brutality because day have no right to come in my yard like dat and whips out his cell phone to snap a picture of the police officers.
The police don't like to have their pictures taken because, as soon as a photo of a cop doing his job gets taken, all kinds of fictional stories of what was happening at that "kodak moment" start to get invented - mostly and exclusively to the detriment of the aforementioned officers.
So it is completely understandable why Neffy went to jail. Neffy went because he decided to insert himself into a situation where he didn't belong. The police don't suffer fools lightly and Neffy went to jail because he's a fool. I'd love to see his criminal background. I'm sure there is one.
A photo of the miscreant:
Note to Neffy: Next time don't stick up for your asshole drug dealing buddy - shut your mouth, get in the house and let the police do their job. You can't have it both ways. Police officers hear it all the time; citizens complaining about a lack of police presence and then complain when officers actually start making arrests!
Good job, Philly PD! Keep up the good work.