A couple in Harlem has received unwanted attention from the NYPD for policing the police. Police have branded them “professional agitators” for portraying cops in a bad light. The couple is also under fire for posting the home addresses of the officers, according to the site, DNAInfo.com.
Matthew Swaye and Christina Gonzalez have been featured on NYPD mug shots and officers have been warned to be on guard when the couple is nearby.
“Be aware that above subjects are known professional agitators,” the flyer said.
“Above subjects MO is that they video tape officers performing routine stops and post on YouTube,” the sign said. “Subjects purpose is to portray officers in a negative way and too deter officers from conducting there [sic] responsibilities.”
DNAinfo says that sources who saw the poster said that it looked like the couple was wanted.
“I thought: ‘Why isn’t anyone arresting them?’” someone said at the meeting. “When you see something like that, you think there’s a reward out for the person on the flyer.”
Gonzalez saw the poster and also put that onto Youtube.
“Someone is going to look at that and see my face on what looks like a wanted poster,” said Gonzalez. “Anyone who doesn’t know about our videos and know us will look at those mugshots, read about us being so-called agitators who interfere with police activity, and see criminals.”
Thus far, the couple has gotten no response from police about the poster. It does appear to be a violation of their civil liberties, making them seem to be criminals when they’ve done nothing wrong. Twenty years ago, home video cameras changed the world during the Rodney King case. Now, YouTube and flip cams are doing the same. When police are being closely monitored doing their jobs, it’s interesting that they don’t appreciate the scrutiny.