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Outside I noticed a silver van with nobody in it illegally parked across the street from my building. Sunny had been surveilled by a silver van in the days before his murder, so to be cautious I photographed the plates.The NY plates are number DMC 9287. Then I noticed that there was Police parking plate in the window, showing that the cop was from the 81rst precinct, which is in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
As I was taking the pictures a guy in a Yankees cap approached me and asked "you got a problem?". I said,"The van is parked illegally" ,and he replied "well, talk to the cop over there" I looked in the direction he was pointing and asked "who's the cop?". To my surprise he said "your *edit* mother!" I said "what?" and he repeated "your *edit* mother".
I realized this was the cop from the van. I asked "who are you?" and raised my phone to take a picture. The guy lunged at me and grabbed me by the neck, throwing me against the building. "You take a #ing picture of me and I'll #ing crush your face" he said. A woman and some kids were walking by and I yelled "call the police" The guy yelled mockingly "yeah call the police", to let me know that they would not interfere with their own.
As I walked away, he yelled, "you take a #ing picture of me and I'll #ing kill you!". I was able to get the info of a witness. To my surprise, he did not steal or smash my camera. I do not think he realized that I got clear pictures of his plates and a blurred picture of him.
Sunny was a dear friend, but he did not have a big enough sphere of friends to make problems for the cops when they killed him. He had no family, few professional colleagues and few friends. My waving a sign in protest would not have helped, but what I did help do was to bring his murder to the attention of the world.
I have no question that this cop was surveilling me because of my involvement with the Sunny case. He may have been casing my building for a way to get in. There is no question that many very bad people want me dead. Sunny was killed for exposing financial corruption. I have exposed murder.
The guy yelled mockingly "yeah call the police", to let me know that they would not interfere with their own.
I have some mostly good news and some bad news regarding the "undercover cop" incident. The good news is that the "police" goon who threatened to kill me the other day does not seem to be associated with the Sunny Sheu story. The incident turns out to be a bizarre confluence of coincidences and well-earned paranoia.
It turns out that the guy lives on my street (where I've recently moved). His wife is a cop from the 81st and he was illegally using her police placard to avoid getting tickets. When he saw me photographing his van, he freaked, perhaps because he thought I was going to get him busted.
HOWEVER, I must stress that the facts and allegations in the Sunny Sheu case are not paranoia or coincidence based, and my concern about possible retribution against me is well founded.