Leftist Protester Caught on Video Allegedly Trying To Cut NYPD Car Brake Lines
By C. Douglas Golden
Published July 22, 2020 at 7:38am
In whats easily the most repulsive example of anti-police sentiment in New York City and in a category with much competition a left- wing protester is under arrest after he was allegedly caught on video trying to cut the brakes on a New York Police Department car, the New York Daily News reports.
Jeremy Trapp, 24, had taken part in the Occupy City Hall protests a mini-CHOP encampment that had been set up in the backyard of Gracie Mansion demanding the defunding of the NYPD. Apparently, that wasnt yielding results fast enough for him.
So, according to a police detective who said he caught Trapp in the act, he was found underneath an NYPD van on Friday. They stopped him before he got in the van, and they took a pair of scissors from him.
A senior police official says a mechanic confirmed the brake line damage that would have prevented the van from coming to a stop, WNBC- TV reported.
Well, that is, if he cut the right wire.
According to the Daily News, Trapp wasnt exactly an expert on how to potentially injure and/or kill police officers; authorities said he ended up cutting the wire that measures the speed of the wheels, not the one that would have disabled the brakes.
That said, police said he intended to cut the brakes, and that means hes going to be facing a whole host of charges specifically, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, criminal tampering, auto stripping and obstructing governmental administration.
The 24-year-old was released without bail (of course) and wont be back in court until December.
This isnt the only auto tampering that the NYPD has faced, mind you. In June, Police Benevolent Association head Pat Lynch warned the unions 24,000 members that lug nuts were being loosened on the personal vehicles of police officers, according to the New York Post.
In a message to members, Lynch said the lug-nut loosening was a clear act of sabotage and that officers should carefully inspect both Department vehicles and their personal vehicles for any potential sabotage. Any sabotage or vandalism MUST be reported to command supervisors immediately upon discovery. Stationhouse security MUST be given the highest priority at all times and at all NYPD facilities.
And then there was the vacant NYPD cruiser that was firebombed with a Molotov cocktail allegedly by a human rights lawyer, Urooj Rahman. If that case wasnt strange enough already, Rahman ended up being bailed out by a former Obama administration official, Salmah Rizvi.
Those were in the early days of the recent spate of protests, however.
The Occupy City Hall contingent features the ultras of the movement. Theyre not quite hangers-on, since there are still plenty of demonstrations and encampments. However, theyre the sort of leftists who thought Mayor Bill de Blasio wasnt draining enough money from the NYPD, having >a href="https://www.westernjournal.com/ap-de-blasio-agrees-slash-1- billion-nypd-city-council-debates-budget/? ff_source=Email&ff_medium=newsletter- CT&ff_campaign=dailypm&ff_content=conservative-tribune">only chopped $1 billion from the departments budget.
So, they brought their tents out to Gracie Mansion, set up camp and set up their own autonomous zone although, this being New York City and property sizes being what they are, it was quite a bit smaller than its counterpart in Seattle. Similarly, the encampment changed its name, shifting from Occupy City Hall to Abolition Park.
According to NY1, de Blasio was loath to do anything about the graffiti-laden health-hazard eyesore at least, anything that officially had his name attached to it.
There is a balance we always strike between the right to protest and especially public safety, and I always put public safety first while respecting constitutional rights, the mayor said Tuesday during a media briefing. That decision will be made by the NYPD as things emerge. Were looking at the situation every day.
According to WNBC-TV, n the early hours of Wednesday morning, things had apparently emerged enough that the NYPD, clad in riot gear, looked at the situation and decided it was time to clear the place out.
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