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The arresting officer came by the cell, Samantha Zucker said, to make snide remarks about finding her with a friend in Riverside Park after its 1 a.m. closing.
“He was telling me that I needed to get a new boyfriend, that I should get a guy who takes me out to dinner,” Ms. Zucker said. “He mocked me for being from Westchester.”
Early in the morning on Oct. 22, a Saturday, Ms. Zucker, 21, and her friend Alex Fischer, also 21, were stopped by the police in Riverside Park and given tickets for trespassing. Mr. Fischer was permitted to leave after he produced his driver’s license. But Ms. Zucker, on a visit to New York City with a group of Carnegie Mellon University seniors looking for jobs in design industries, had left her wallet in a hotel two blocks away.
She was handcuffed. For the next 36 hours, she was moved from a cell in the 26th Precinct station house on West 126th Street to central booking in Lower Manhattan and then — because one of the officers was ending his shift before Ms. Zucker could be photographed for her court appearance, and you didn’t think he was going to take the subway uptown while his partner stayed with her at booking, did you? — she was brought back to Harlem.
There she waited in a cell until a pair of fresh police officers were rustled up to bring her back downtown for booking, where she spent a second night in custody.
The judge proceeded to dismiss the ticket in less than a minute.
News about the Police Department lately could run under the headline of the daily Dismal Development, starting with a judge declaring Tuesday that an officer was guilty of planting drugs on entirely innocent people and continuing back a few days to gun-smuggling, pepper-spraying and ticket-fixing.
TomorrowPlusX (_) 130 points 6 hours ago (152|23)
When I was growing up in the early 80's, my dad told me the reason America was great was because, unlike the communist countries, no cop could ever demand your papers. You had an unassailable right to not have identification on you (obviously, barring driving), should you choose.
He called it 'freedom', and I think it might not have been as true back in the day as he believed, but it sure as # is gone now.
The only appropriate response is a slow clap. I ask again ATS, why do we put up with this? What can we do to fix it?
Originally posted by Mizzijr
Well there is a law saying that I.D. must be present. Thing is, it's not court worthy if you're caught without one. Only an asshole cop would arrest somebody for not having I.D.