27 July 2006

Taking Pictures of Police Lands Man in Jail

A Philadelphia man was arrested by police for taking a picture of officers while they were arresting a neighborhood drug dealer.

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.


Anonymous said...

I bet you what really happend is he mouthed off to a cop and the cop called his bluff.

Anonymous said...

I bet overzealous jaded officers think they can violate civil rights and intimidate people.

This isn't the 70's, chief. You've got to use what little brainpower you've got left and make smart decisions, not emotional ones.

I hope that little Mexican uses his ACLU winnings to pay a coyote to bring his whole family over the border to a town near you.

Rue St. Michel said...


Go fuck yourself, "chief"

What about the rights of the officers?

He can use his ACLU-Asshole buddies all he wants .. he's still gotta hire an attorney and deal with the consquences of his actions.

I bet in your world only cops and Bush would be encumbered by consequences. Go back over to dailykos or prisonplanet.com or whatever site you let yourself get 'educated ' at and remain an ignorant goof.

Anonymous said...

I like the way you immediately engage in ad-hominem attacks on my 'liberal' character. Coupled with the stereotyping displayed in your painfully unfunny commentary, I'd say there's no hope in helping you see the light. Anyway, I'll try.

1. Did the kid break any laws?
2. Di...Oh, wait. That's the show-stopper right there. One question, one answer.

Why you would spend your time creating a fictional story 'based on tru events' is beyond me. Even more pathetic is attempting to create hype on other police sites for your creative writing.

Fuck me? No, fuck you and people such as yourself who think you have the power to illegally violate the rights of innocents by attempting scare tactics and abusing power.

On second thought, come arrest me for taking legal pictures of you. You and this perp MOS can be co-defendants at the trial, and can carpool to the unemployment agency afterwards.

Now, it's probably time to ban me and erase this message. GG, hero.

Rue St. Michel said...

I don't ban posters nor do I erase messages, especially ones as deluded and adolescent as yours. You can say all you want about what your beliefs are about the case - that is your right. But I said that I was not there and do not know exactly what happened at the scene. At least I'm honest enough to say that I am just giving my opinion. And I'll go further and say I have an agenda - would you be so bold? I take the side of the police, you take the side of the offender(s).
I don't like liberals, I don't like leftists, I don't like socialists, and I don't like anyone or anything involving the ACLU.
It is all too easy to be gullible and naive and fall into the trap that it is all the police's fault. It sounds like you've had some negative experiences with law enforcement. That is too bad. There are bad apples in every barrel but the vast majority of cops are good, decent hard-working people.
Maybe that's because I prefer order over chaos. Now run along little clown, your circus is pulling out.

DeaconBlue said...

God bless the Police!

Sabian said...

Welllllll Mr. ACLU Chief....You clearly have no clue. These animals NEVER do anything wrong, do they?.....

Why don't you go bond Flaco out and maybe he'll give you a break on some liberal weed, rock or blow. Go fuck yourself!

Anonymous said...

I find this new law in Philadelphia interesting. I don't know how constitutional it is though, As far as I know,there is no expectation of privacy on a city street even for the Police.