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MSNBC opinion host Chris Hayes was chided by an NBC reporter for hyperventilating that the NYPD had “kidnapped” a thug who was wanted in connection with five criminal incidents during which the transgender hoodlum destroyed multiple police cameras.
MSNBC and NBC News are sister networks, so the rebuke by NBC News reporter Tom Winter was like a sibling squabble.
The brouhaha erupted after Hayes stoked left-wing hysteria by tweeting: “This is kidnapping.”
Hayes was reacting to a video showing NYPD officers arresting a man who identified as a transgender woman. The suspect resisted arrest as a crowd swarmed around the police.
this is…kidnapping https://t.co/iT7SDb5RWx
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) July 28, 2020
This is what the transgender female suspect did to multiple police cameras, which help identify rapists and murderers.
The #NYPD welcomes peaceful protests.
However, damage to NYPD technology that helps keep this city safe will never be tolerated. These cameras are vital resources which help prevent and solve crimes throughout the city. pic.twitter.com/dwv5vkhQiP
— Chief Rodney Harrison (@NYPDChiefOfDept) July 29, 2020
The New York Police Department issued a statement explaining what happened.
The NYPD tweeted: “In regard to a video on social media that took place at 2 Ave & 25 St, a woman taken into custody in an unmarked van was wanted for damaging police cameras during 5 separate criminal incidents in & around City Hall Park. The arresting officers were assaulted with rocks and bottles.
In regard to a video on social media that took place at 2 Ave & 25 St, a woman taken into custody in an unmarked van was wanted for damaging police cameras during 5 separate criminal incidents in & around City Hall Park. The arresting officers were assaulted with rocks & bottles. pic.twitter.com/2jGD3DT3eV
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) July 29, 2020
The NYPD noted that its Warrant Squad uses unmarked vehicles to apprehend wanted felons because criminals avoid marked police cars.
“The Warrant Squad uses unmarked vehicles to effectively locate wanted suspects.”
The New York Police Department added that the arrest took place “behind a cordon of NYPD bicycle cops in bright yellow and blue uniform shirts.”
When she was placed into the Warrant Squad's unmarked gray minivan, it was behind a cordon of NYPD bicycle cops in bright yellow and blue uniform shirts there to help effect the arrest.
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) July 29, 2020
Chris Hayes was blasted for his false and dangerous mischaracterization of the arrest as a “kidnapping.”
NBC News reporter Tom Winter remarked: “It could also be undercover detectives from a Warrant Squad making an arrest with probable cause for someone wanted for 5 specific crimes wearing visible weapons and vests in a car immediately surrounded by uniformed police officers with NYPD written on the back.”
It could also be undercover detectives from a warrant squad making an arrest with probable cause for someone wanted for 5 specific crimes wearing visible weapons and vests in a car immediately surrounded by uniformed police officers with NYPD written on the back. https://t.co/CsKt5QMSmZ
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) July 29, 2020
Attorney Robert Barnes quipped: “Another bad legal take from the media. Arresting suspected criminals is not kidnapping.”
Another bad legal take from the media. Arresting suspected criminals is not kidnapping. https://t.co/WtNv57aJPv
— Robert Barnes (@barnes_law) July 29, 2020
Senator Ted Cruz— an attorney who has argued nine cases before the U.S. Supreme Court — tweeted: “Odd term for an arrest.”
Odd term for an arrest. https://t.co/BkJDebNdMW
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 29, 2020
While Chris Hayes and other Twitter leftists got triggered because the NYPD van was unmarked, it bears noting that the Warrant Squad’s use of unmarked vehicles is a longstanding policy. It is not a new policy.
Moreover, countless police cars have been vandalized and set on fire in Democrat-run cities amid the Left’s unhinged rioting.
So it makes sense to sometimes use unmarked squad cars since leftists are destroying these taxpayer-funded assets.
(** Language warning)
The NYPD says 303 police cars have been vandalized since May 25, causing nearly $1 million in damage.
Taxpayers have to pay for the destruction caused by violent Antifa and Black Lives Matter parasites.
NYPD says 303 of its police cars have been vandalized since George Floyd’s May 25 death, causing $1 million in damage https://t.co/N9uisJK1xt
— 𝙼𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚂𝚒𝚜𝚊𝚔 (@mikesisak) July 28, 2020
Police officers have also been ambushed and murdered thanks to the Left’s demonization of cops through the Marxist Black Lives Matter movement.
John Cardillo, a former NYPD officer, recently shared a disturbing incident where an angry black man threatened to beat up and kill New York City police officers as they quietly stood patrol.
This is what NYPD cops are enduring daily.
Yet when they use appropriate force, they’re prosecuted. pic.twitter.com/N3noMmpT9r
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) June 9, 2020
Race-baiting leftists on cable news and on social media are cheerfully promoting these kinds of group beatdowns of police officers.
NYPD Cop attacked in the Bronx. I guess the critics will now say he overreacted. NYPD Cops defend yourselves, you are alone! pic.twitter.com/424w5bZbC6
— SBA (@SBANYPD) June 2, 2020
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