NYC Cops Harass Club Owner Whose CCTV Footage Overturned Drug Conviction
July 4, 2008
Posted by Cory Doctorow
Law enforcement LOVES surveillance cameras -- except when those cameras are used to surveil dodgy busts and get them overturned:
Last year, New York police officers were seen dancing in the streets just before arresting four men in a city nightclub on charges of selling $100 worth of cocaine. It took six months and the men's life savings, but their names were finally cleared when prosecutors took the unusual step of announcing in court that the men had committed no crime.
That's because club surveillance video shows that the undercover cops had no contact with the accused men in the two hours they were in the club.
Now, club owner Eduardo Espinoza says the police are retaliating against him.
[Photo by Joi]