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A peaceful protest against the city’s decision to budget $170 million to hire 1,300 new cops resulted in at least one arrest Tuesday night — because a protester sneezed.
“I was standing right next to him,” said Daniel Ismael Aguilar, who shot the video. “I saw him sneeze, but nothing even came out of his mouth – no spit or anything – and then the cop called to other cops and they all started chasing him.”
At the 19th Precinct, Inspector Grant told the protesters that the man would not be released with a Desk Appearance Ticket, as is protocol for the minor offenses protesters are typically charged with, because he would likely be charged with assaulting an officer for “spitting on a cop.”
Matthew Martinez, 23, was busted on the Upper East Side during a Tuesday night protest against the hiring of 1,300 more NYPD cops.
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But cops said Martinez spat at officers around 10 p.m. in front of Gracie Mansion — Mayor de Blasio’s home.
When they attempted to stop him, Martinez took off and jumped in a cab, police said. Cops caught up to him, but he resisted arrest by allegedly flailing his arms.
originally posted by: Liquesence
a reply to: highfromphoenix
I'm tired of them too. I'm even more tired of bad cops doing bad things when they're supposed to be bastions of respectability.
I don't think sneezing is an idiotic act, however. There appears to be no reason for that cop to start chasing that guy after he sneezed.
I would, however, like to know the *whole* story.