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Police Dump Water On Neighborhood BBQ

In a stunningly heartless move, police in Harlem, NY have just been caught on video destroying a neighborhood barbecue get together. They accomplished this by dumping water all over the hot coals (while food is on it and children are in line waiting). The video has gone viral with mixed reactions. Somehow there are large numbers of people defending the cops actions based on arbitrary city ordinances. Personally I have issue with police involving themselves in things that have no victim.  Why are the neighborhood "protectors" spending time bothering the peaceful members of their community? I'd be curious to know if there was even a call or if these cops just decided to serve this community by driving to a store and buying a gallon of water to dump on the BBQ. The local media have picked up the story and managed to twist it to make it look as if the police were the victim here.

The New York Daily news reports: 

The NYPD is investigating a Youtube video that shows a cop dumping water on a grill at a sidewalk cookout — and sparking angry words from Harlem residents.

In the one-minute video posted by a man calling himself “Israelite,” an officer from the 28th Precinct pours a jug of water on the coals.

The video was called “Racist cop pours water on cookout grill and denies black children of food.”

“That’s some real disrespect and s---, B,” one of the sidewalk barbecuers says, appearing to accuse the officer of “wilding.”

“There’s kids out here and everything, boss,” another says as a group of children pass by.

“Feel better?” a third says.

Someone throws what appears to be ice cubes at the officer. Later, someone throws a water bottle that hits the police officer in the back.

The officer goes to his car to leave before the video ends. The confrontation appears to have happened over the weekend.

“The commanding officer of the 28th Precinct has been made aware of the video and is conducting an investigation,” the NYPD said.

The cop likely was well within the law. James Long, an FDNY spokesman, said open flames are prohibited under the city’s fire code because of the inherent safety issues they present.

Barbecue grills cause more than 1,500 structural fires and 4,200 outdoor fires a year, the department said.

The post drew a variety of reactions, not all of them kind to the people barbecuing.

“It's illegal for a good reason,” wrote one. “No one should have a BBQ in the middle of a city sidewalk ... Those cops told you all repeatedly to stop it. What gives you special privilege? You should have been fined.”

Its very sad to see that we are so far down the rabbit hole at this point that fellow Americans will defend the cruel treatment of their fellow man by those sworn to serve. When did anyone ask the government to enact "rules" to protect us from ourselves? The way I see it, there are a select few authority worshippers in each town that can't get enough. They are at every city council meeting asking for more ordinances and more cops every week. Meanwhile the rest of us are enjoying life.  Sadly rather than moving to a secluded area, these people wish to control every aspect of our lives in order to feel "safe". Our officials are all too happy to oblige these sick people because it gives them something to do and makes them look as if they are needed.

We must take a look at where we are heading as a civilization. Every week these councils meet. Every day new "Laws" are passed. We are not moving to freedom. We are moving farther and farther away. With every passing day more and more is being accepted and we are moving farther and farther from any kind of "Free" country.

At least we can still use our strongest weapon in this battle. The camera. Always remember to film all of your interactions with these "officials". Its perfectly legal to video your interaction with an on the clock city/state employee. Don't wait for things to turn bad. The advice of The Freedom Paradox has always been to enter every interaction with a camera on FIRST. It places you in a position of accountability for them. If they know they are being filmed chances are smaller that things will get out of hand.

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Severin Freeman has been involved in activism for several years. He believes that all people should be treated totally equal and that no one has a higher claim to us or our freedom, than ourselves. He has played a role in the founding and growth of many activist groups across the Lehigh Valley area. His mission has become to expose those that would threaten our freedom and natural liberties.