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Video: NYPD Sergeant Browbeaten Inside Precinct Station House

August 17, 2018  | 

VIDEO: NYPD Sergeant Browbeaten Inside Precinct Station House

An NYPD sergeant was browbeaten inside the 28th Precinct Station House in Harlem by a man who was reportedly there to pick up a motorcycle that police had seized as evidence in an ongoing investigation.

Sergeant Freddie Lopez can be seen on video attempting to quiet the man and prevent him from recording the confrontation on his mobile phone — the NYPD Patrol Guide states that filming inside a police precinct is prohibited, and those who do so can be arrested.

"Sergeant Lopez...he can suck a big fat f______ d___," the man yells. "You're supposed to be here to serve and protect, right? You’re not serving and protecting s___!"

The video of the incident has gone viral, with thousands of comments made on social media.

The man continues to use profanity to demean Sergeant Lopez, who eventually closes the gap between the two men and orders the man to stop filming.

The man does not comply, and eventually Lopez can be seen returning to his desk and picking up the telephone. It is not clear who he called or what he was saying.

The video ends before the man leaves, but it is reasonably clear that the man was not taken into custody.

Some personnel in the NYPD are not happy about that fact.

"A lot of bosses have seen the video and they are not happy at all about this," one high-ranking officer told the New York Daily News. "He should have taken some action. It was inside his own house."

Comments (8)

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Trigger @ 8/17/2018 2:18 PM

But would have the brass supported the officer?

Jon Retired LEO @ 8/17/2018 3:11 PM

Yeah right no matter what he did it would have been damned if you do or damned if you don't. This was another set up by activists.

Andrew @ 8/17/2018 4:16 PM

The problem is that Sgt. Lopez wasn't ready for the confrontation. He didn't have his facts straight. Said it was illegal to film in there, but it's not. If it's in the patrol guide, that's not the law. He couldn't answer the jerk's questions. That's the problem. He should have told the guy to shut up and leave and told him if he persisted, he would be arrested for trespassing. If he was still standing there running that mouth, he should have been arrested right then for trespassing. You don't have to put up with that ridiculousness.

Trigger @ 8/18/2018 3:43 AM

As my original post stated, would the brass back him??

Walt @ 8/18/2018 5:36 AM

No officer should have to put up with that kind of abuse in their own house. The officers I worked with would never take that and would rather go down trying than just let that POS talk to them that way. Some people require that the cops show them their way.

William @ 8/18/2018 6:57 AM

If it’s not permitted to video that’s enough to throw him out or charge him, when he starts talking about the officer and a dick and in his house, need to do something for respect of yourself, badge and your house.

Grey Bear @ 8/20/2018 10:51 AM

While I fully agree that the SGT should have tossed this clown, and hope that he stumbled against the doorframe on his way out, I'm sure that boot-licking Mayor deBlasio would have certainly thrown him, and his bosses, under the bus had he done so. Damn shame when you have to put up with being disrespected in your own house just because your political bosses are spineless weinies.

kojack58 @ 8/20/2018 2:12 PM

The one thing that nobody has mentioned this gentlemen was on camera there in the precinct. The Sgt should have asked him to leave politely and if he refused in that disrespectful manner. You utilize the force continuum to arrest the subject for trespassing and I am sure resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer and then stick it to DeBlasio.

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