Watch: The Story Behind #BLM Protesting the Jailing of a Black Man Who Filmed a Police Arrest

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 1: Protestors rally during a protest against police brutality at City Hall Park, August 1, 2016 in New York City. The protest was organized by Millions March NYC, who are calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to fire NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and end 'broken windows policing.' (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Watch: The Story Behind #BLM Protesting the Jailing of a Black Man Who Filmed a Police Arrest

Here's how the Syracuse PD has responded.

Published August 1, 2016

One afternoon in Syracuse, NY, Maurice "MO DreamChaser" Crawley pulled out his phone to record an arrest he witnessed. However at some point, Crawley became the subject of his own video when an officer approached him and arrested him. 

Crawley is a member of the "OG Against Violence” group, an anti-violence peace organization. In an effort to record police activity and behavior, Crawley streamed the video to Facebook Live. A few minutes into the video, Crawley is engaged by an officer and then arrested.

He was charged with second-degree obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest. The criminal report claimed the police felt that Crawley has often appeared at the traffic stops of officers and that his presence prevents “a public servant from performing an official function.”

However, in the video, there is no distinct evidence that Crawley did anything to inhibit the ability of the officers. And yet, he was still aggressively apprehended.

When it comes to resisting arrest, the officers claimed that Crawley put his hands above his head so that he could not be handcuffed. However, once again there is no corroborating evidence to support the claim. In fact, from the audio, it does not sound like the officers had any difficulty detaining Crawley.

After Crawley was taken to the Onondaga County Justice Center, Black Lives Matter protesters congregated outside in protest until Crawley was released an hour later.

The protesters came to spread the message that the problem has nothing to do with a lack of Black officers on the force because Crawley’s arresting officer was Black. The problem is systematic and needs to be addressed.

The Syracuse Police Department says that they will start an internal review of the arrest made as well as the video taken by Crawley. 

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)


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