In One Eye

Tuesday, April 12, 2005
As one of the handful of people who didn't get arrested in New York in August (I ascribe this non-event to the fact that I had to leave the city on Tuesday, just before everything hit the fan), this story from today's New York Times surprises me not a whit.
A sprawling body of visual evidence, made possible by inexpensive, lightweight cameras in the hands of private citizens, volunteer observers and the police themselves, has shifted the debate over precisely what happened on the streets during the week of the convention.

For [the] 400 ... arrested that week, video recordings provided evidence that they had not committed a crime or that the charges against them could not be proved, according to defense lawyers and prosecutors.

Among them was Alexander Dunlop, who said he was arrested while going to pick up sushi.

Last week, he discovered that there were two versions of the same police tape: the one that was to be used as evidence in his trial had been edited at two spots, removing images that showed Mr. Dunlop behaving peacefully. When a volunteer film archivist found a more complete version of the tape and gave it to Mr. Dunlop's lawyer, prosecutors immediately dropped the charges and said that a technician had cut the material by mistake.
"Cut the material by mistake," my ass.

It's clear that the NYPD and the fascist Bloomberg had an agenda that week that couldn't hold up in court.

It sure would be nice if there were some way to sue the bastards for the horrible treatment suffered by hundreds of law abiding citizens during that summer week.