by Jim Dwyer

“[T]he president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, Ed Mullins, has said that Ms. Zucker was a casualty of blowback from the police ticket-fixing indictments in the Bronx.”

This may be true, if by “blowback,” Mr. Mullins means “petty, vengeful asshattery.”  The suggestion that this situation was somehow caused by the fact that police officers are being charged for ticket-fixing is ridiculous to the point of offensiveness.  The real problems in this case are:

1.  That Ms. Zucker and her companion were cited for trespassing at all, when they were clearly cooperative with the officers who told them the park was closed, and likely lacked reason to know they were trespassing;

2.  That Ofc. Durrell insisted on arresting Ms. Zucker instead of allowing her companion to go retrieve her ID;

3.  That the arresting officers threatened Ms. Zucker’s companion with a Disorderly Conduct charge if he persisted in asking where she was being taken (especially as this might have allowed him to deliver her ID, and make giving her a Desk Appearance Ticket, instead of holding her until Monday, reasonable);

4.  That it is quite common for people who are arrested over the weekend to be held for 36 hours, or more, before being arraigned and (most often) released.

Though it certainly would have been nice of officers at the precinct where she was held to have realized the ridiculousness of the charge and released her, that is really the least problematic aspect of this event.  Prosecutions for ticket-fixing, usually based upon friendship or celebrity, clearly have no bearing on the problems listed above, and to suggest that they do is, at best, akin to blaming the victim, and, at worst, suggests that the police will be extorting us by arresting rich white girls making arrests for every petty offense until the charges against them are dropped.

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