A 52-year-old black man in Syracuse, NY was live streaming a random traffic stop arrest on his Facebook page Thursday when police officers decided to arrest him as well. As a result, the Facebook live video has gone viral.
Maurice Crawley was on the other side of the road from where the traffic stop was taking place. He decided to live stream the event when it was evident that the two police officers were arresting the black man who was driving the car. The officer who made the arrest was black. In the video Crawley is heard calling the police officer an ‘Uncle Tom.’
About a minute later the black police officer begins yelling across the street at Crawley, ”Hey! Say one word and your ass is going to jail, just so you know.”
“I didn’t hear you!” Crawley yelled back. “Say it again, officer. I’m sorry, I didn’t hear you!”
Not happy with the response, the police officer crosses the street towards Crawley and tells him to turn around and give up his hands. Crawley obeys the order, and in doing so drops the camera. However, the audio continues to stream. He can be heard telling Crawley, “Don’t f***in’ move, you understand me? Don’t you f***in’ move, if you do I’m gonna f*** you up.”
Crawley then tells the officer he has a defibrillator in his chest. “I told you to stop f***in’ coming around here,” the officer tells Crawley.
Black Lives Matter protested Friday morning outside of the Onodaga County Justice Center in Syracuse. According to Syracuse.com, BLM leaders claim that Syracuse Police Chief, Frank Fowler, said he is deeply troubled by the video and that the department is conducting an internal investigation into this incident.
Crawley, who spent the night in jail, appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and interfering with an investigation. He was later released.
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