A New York City man filmed his distraught response to the sight of local police putting a man inside what he described as a “body bag” after handcuffing him.
“I don’t have a problem with law enforcement and I very much support the NYPD on the whole,” the videographer told Gothamist. “But I do have a problem with inhumane tactics and from what I could tell this mad was being treated like an animal…not a human being.”
The video, posted on Thursday, shows a group of officers wrapping the detainee up in what’s referred to as an “EDP bag,” short for “Emotionally Disturbed Person.” The videographer states that the person, seen laying on the ground, had already been hit with mace on top of being handcuffed.
“There is quite literally a live human being f*cking trying to move,” he says. “What the f*ck is that?”
The bag was also placed over the unidentified person’s head, which the videographer — who identified himself only as Mike — described as “the craziest sh*t I’ve ever seen done to somebody in my whole f*cking life.”
According to Gothamist, EDP bags were designed for use by the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit. A department spokesperson said that they are ventilated, allowing detainees to breathe. Officers are instructed to use them “when an EDP is violent and may cause harm to themselves or others.”
However, two sources Gothamist contacted — a psychiatric emergency room worker and local attorney David Rankin, who has pursued police misconduct cases in the past — both questioned placing the bag above the detainee’s head in the incident Mike filmed.
“It is not something I have heard of happening before,” said Rankin. “It does seem odd.”
Watch the incident, as posted online, below.
Trump is becoming more hawkish on Iran — and he’s running out of options: report
So far, one of the only pieces of good news in the escalating tensions between the United States and Iran is that President Donald Trump has been reluctant to use military force, taking his cues in part from Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has personally warned him that it would end his presidency — resisting the urges of his most trigger-happy advisers like John Bolton.
Now, however, the president appears to be having second thoughts as it becomes clearer that he will not be able to broker a better deal than President Barack Obama's nuclear agreement, and is starting to view the conflict more hawkishly, reported CNN's Kaitlan Collins on Monday.
‘They are lemmings’: Democratic strategist blasts Republicans as ‘the party of cowardice and complicity’
In a CNN panel Monday, Democratic strategist Maria Cardona unleashed on the way Republicans are continuing to give President Donald Trump a pass on his racist attacks on four congresswomen of color.
In a press availability, Trump told reporters that the four women are changing the Democratic Party, saying no one knows how to handle them.
After playing the tape, one of the panelists off-camera could be heard saying, "He's such a liar."
"It’s so insulting that he even talks about these four young women of color as 'people who need to be handled,'" Cardona said of Trump's casual misogyny. "They are elected members of Congress. They deserve respect. What I think really drives this president crazy is that they are young, and they are women of color, and that they are doing things that really take him off of his message. And they are also exposing what many of us have already known — that he is a racist, that he has taken a playbook out of the handbook of white supremacists telling them to 'send her back.' And then — then using that at his rallies and saying he doesn’t agree with it."
‘Trump will be glued to the screen with an IV drip and a catheter’ when Mueller testifies: GOP strategist
President Donald Trump will be glued to his television during former special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony before Congress, Republican strategist Rick Wilson predicted on Monday.
On Wednesday, Mueller is scheduled to appear before the House Judiciary Committee in the morning and then the House Intelligence Committee in the afternoon.
"This is also a moment where the preeminence of television in our political lives is going to come to the fore," Wilson said. "And Donald Trump knows this."
"That little nervous moment this morning, where 'I might watch a little' — no, Donald Trump will be glued to the screen with an IV drip and a catheter," Wilson predicted.