NYPD cop arrested in motorcycle-SUV assault case
NEW YORK (AP) — An undercover detective who investigators said was off duty when he was recorded on video pounding on an SUV as a biker rally spiraled into violence was arrested late Tuesday.So, not only did he wait three days to say anything about the event, he lied about his participation. He claimed that he didn't say anything at the time because he didn't want to blow his cover, but claimed to not have been involved. Hey, dumbass, there were dozens of helmet cameras there and all kinds of people uploading stuff to YouTube. To say nothing of the fact that he was freely associating himself with the kind of element that performs illegal street stunts and gang attacks on innocent motorists.
Wojciech Braszczok surrendered to face riot and criminal mischief charges, New York Police Department spokesman John McCarthy said.
I guess Lien is lucky that he didn't get shot.
But we're supposed to just blindly put our safety in the hands of the police, right? We are supposed to beat our swords into plowshares and give up our arms, singing Kumbaya and living in a gun-free world, all because the police are the unassailable protectors of life and limb. Except, of course, when they're part of the angry mob smashing your property and curb-stomping your head in because you had the audacity to get in the way of their stunts.
What's most disturbing to me is that this guy is a 10 year veteran of the force. He's not some raw recruit, fresh out of a tour of Afghanistan who came back to the states and became a cop in his early 20s. Not that it would make what he did any less wrong, but it's a lot easier to see how a young guy just starting out might make this mistake easier than someone that has put half a career into police work. 10 years as an NYPD cop should have been long enough for him to have seen when this event went from a group of friends having fun on motorcycles to annoying the general public to assaulting the general public.
I hate to paint with a broad brush, or extrapolate one cop's bad judgement to the entire NYPD. It's interesting to see that he has been arrested; of course, he'll be out in picoseconds and I'll fall over dead of shock if he's actually fired for this. Well, fired for longer than it takes for the union to sue for him to get his job back at least. I'm sure he'll get a few months off with pay, then be quietly reinstated with no time lost. Hopefully they'll tell him to be more careful and not participate in full-on criminal activity on camera any more.
Remember this story, though, the next time some doe-eyed liberal gun grabber tells you that the police will protect you so you don't need a gun...
That is all.