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Thursday, May 7, 2015

NYPD Cop Tries to ‘Cop a Feel’ on a Woman, Her Friend Tries to Film it, So they Assault and Kidnap Him


New York, NY– A video released last week has once again caught the police in a lie. Two NYPD officers were caught assaulting a man for filming an officer who was inappropriately touching his female friend during a stop and frisk.
Jason Disisto and his friends were hanging out on a sidewalk on March 12, 2014, when Officer Jonathan Munoz walked up to Disisto’s female friend, grabbed her wrist, and began to put his hands inside her sweater.  Concerned about what he is seeing, Disisto borrows a cellphone and attempts to begin filming the interaction. This is something that we are all well within our rights- and frankly morally obligated- to do.
Seeing that he is about to film, another officer on the scene, Edwin Flores, confronts Disisto.  The situation escalates very quickly as two officers are seen assaulting the man and attempting to steal his phone.  Disisto is then arrested, as the police claimed that he had lunged at the officers and attempted to punch them with a closed fist.
The blatant lies by the NYPD officers are completely disproved by three security cameras that captured the incident from multiple angles.
After the officers handcuff Disisto and put him in the back of the police vehicle, they throw the cellphone out of the window and break it.  He was charged with obstructing governmental administration, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.
Criminal charges against Disisto were ultimately dropped, yet no charges seem to have been filed for the officers who assaulted, kidnapped, and destroyed the property of an innocent man.
“I was shocked. I was scared, shocked. I had a whole bunch of feelings all mixed up,” Disisto told NBC.
Unfortunately, it’s more than “just a few bad apples” as the police and their supporters like to claim.
In 2014, the Civilian Complaint Review Board investigated 42 cases of individuals recording the police over the course of just six months, in 27 of the cases, police were accused of reacting inappropriately to the camera presence.
On Tuesday, a civil rights law firm, Rankin and Taylor, filed a lawsuit against Officer Munoz, Officer Edwin Florez, a third unidentified officer, as well as the NYPD on behalf of Disisto.  The firm is also representing six other cases of police misconduct in response to being filmed.
The lawsuit accuses the department of having a “de facto policy” of “making retaliatory arrests against people who lawfully photograph, document or record police activity.”
“The ability to record their conduct to create objective evidence of what our government is doing is absolutely essential for the safety of all New Yorkers,” Rankin told NBC.


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DigitaA North Carolina police officer who received a reportedly free cup of coffee while in uniform is suing Starbucks, claiming he burned himself when the hot beverage spilled on him after the cup allegedly collapsed in his grip.
This case is reminiscent of the 1994 lawsuit filed against McDonald’s where a jury initially awarded an injured customer nearly $2.9 million after the chain refused to settle out of court.
This new lawsuit is playing out in a Raleigh courtroom and testimony is expected to begin later this week.
Matthew Kohr, who is a lieutenant for the special operations division of the Raleigh Police Department, received a cup of coffee at a local Starbucks branch in January 2012, according to the lawsuit obtained by ABC News.
PHOTO: The incident allegedly happened at the Peace Street location in Raleigh, North Carolina, (pictured) but the suit is filed against the coffee giant.
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When he went to pick up the cup, the lawsuit states, the lid popped up and the cup folded in on itself, spilling the hot coffee on Kohr's thigh and groin area.

Kohr claims the burn aggravated his Crohn’s disease and caused him to have surgery that led to the removal of a portion of his large intestine, the lawsuit states.
The suit alleges he was not the only one who has suffered from the burn because his wife has lost her "intimate partner.”
They are seeking $750,000 from the multibillion-dollar, Seattle-based coffee giant to cover the cost of legal and medical fees and damages, according to ABC affiliate WTVD-TV.
A Starbucks spokesperson told ABC News the safety of their customers and employees "is our top priority" and the company denied any wrongdoing.
"We believe our store partners did nothing wrong and are prepared to present our case at trial," the spokesperson told ABC News.
The barista who served Kohr the coffee, the branch manager, and the paper cup company were all initially named as defendants in the case but it has now been amended to name Starbucks as the only defendant.
Kohr and his lawyers did not immediately respond to ABC News requests for comment and they were expected to be in court today during jury selection.l Reporter