A long-shot candidate who hopes to be the Democratic nominee for New York’s gubernatorial race was arrested when he attempted to film police officers in a subway station as they detained an African-American subway passenger.
Capital New York reported that comedian and activist Randy Credico was passing through New York City’s Van Cortlandt subway station when he saw a group of men in plain clothes appearing to harass an “older black man.”
Credico took out his phone and began to film the men, who turned out to be NYPD officers assigned to the transit system.
Calling from a holding cell in the Bronx, Credico told radio host Fred Dicker, “The guy got right into my face, and says, ‘You’ve got to move back.’ The next thing you know I got arrested.”
“This is something out of a Dostoevsky book,” he added.
Police told the New York Daily News that Credico appeared to be intoxicated during the confrontation.
“Are you going to put that black man in a f—–g chokehold,” a witness quoted Credico as saying. “You probably have a small d—.”
Credico ignored warnings to back away and when police advanced on him, he purportedly pointed the ferrule of his umbrella into a police officer’s face.
Police arrested him and charged him with a felony count of menacing a police officer, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.
A police spokesperson also told Capital New York that Credico had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court from 2012.
Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins released a statement decrying Credito’s arrest as an abuse of police power.
“Americans have the constitutional right to videotape cops in public places. Such taping is critical to help reduce the problem of police violence against citizens, particularly people of color and those who politically dissent,” said Hawkins.
[image of Randy Credico via Facebook.com]