Monday, July 07, 2008

A Jack-Booted Update

The good officers at the NYPD's 110th Precinct have apparently made it their business to attempt to run a law-abiding bar owner's establishment into the ground by regularly stopping by his place to repeatedly write him violations for such heart-stopping felonies as running out of soap and towels in the bathrooms.

Why does Eduardo Espinoza get such loving attention from the local cops? Because the surveillance tape from his club decisively proved that last week's Jack-Booted Thug of the Week award winners lied through their teeth about buying drugs from four innocent men in Espinoza's joint. The four fibbers' fellow foul-ups seem to have taken it personally that Espinoza turned over the tape to the defendants' lawyer, enabling the mouthpiece to fatally (and correctly) attack the undercover officers' credibility:

"Espinoza said he thinks police are retaliating against him because of a strange phone call he received shortly before the harassment began.
A man who identified himself as the officer who made the drug arrest in his club demanded to know if Espinoza had taped the events of that night.
'I said I already gave it to the defendants," Espinoza said, 'He said, 'Oh s--t.' He hung up.'"

It's really sad when one feels compelled to tape one's phone conversations with the local constabulary in order to protect their rights and credibility.

"'Every two to three weeks, there's cops in here, searching the bar. If there's no violation, they'll make it up. I lost all my clients - everybody's scared to come in my place right now.'"

That's the spirit, guys. Carry the water for your dirty compadres until the peasants will have no choice but to assume that all cops are dirty.

"Most of his summonses have been tossed"

Of course they have. This is nothing more than straight-up harassment by the cops. Is the crime rate in Queens so low as to leave police officers there free for regular bathroom inspections of one nightclub? I highly doubt it.

It's absolutely sickening that the NYPD brass is allowing the continued harassment of a hard-working, law-abiding man solely because he provided the evidence that simultaneously cleared four innocent men while at the same time exposing four lying public "servants".

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