No one can deny that the NYPD’s ‘stop and frisk’ program is out of control, that it violates the ‘reasonable search and seizure’ clause in the Constitution, or that it targets minority males, mostly blacks and Latinos. But the question remains: what are people doing about it. Well, the ACLU in New Jersey created an app that allows you to tape police undetected, and a couple in Harlem tried to police the police. That act, however, landed them on police ‘wanted’ posters:
A couple in Harlem has received unwanted attention from the NYPD for policing the police. Police have branded them “professional agitators” for portraying cops in a bad light. The couple is also under fire for posting the home addresses of the officers, according to the site, DNAInfo.com.
Matthew Swaye and Christina Gonzalez have been featured on NYPD mug shots and officers have been warned to be on guard when the couple is nearby.
“Be aware that above subjects are known professional agitators,” the flyer said.
“Above subjects MO is that they video tape officers performing routine stops and post on YouTube,” the sign said. “Subjects purpose is to portray officers in a negative way and too deter officers from conducting there [sic] responsibilities.”
DNAinfo says that sources who saw the poster said that it looked like the couple was wanted.