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May 31, 2016 (Mimesis Law) – NYPD cop Risel Martinez had a pretty bad day. According to the New York Times, it all started at 6:40 pm on May 19. Officer Martinez and his partner were in Harlem, where they’d stopped the driver of a double-parked Hyundai.

Apparently, the cops weren’t fully absorbed in their work: when a couple of dirt bike riders rounded the corner and “encircled” the officers, they captivated the cops so thoroughly the Hyundai driver and his companion managed to get away on foot. (It later turned out the car was stolen and contained weed & ammo. Oops.)

Things got even more serious when the bikers refused to stop and took off in the opposite direction. Martinez and his partner – knowing that the New York State DMV refuses to certify dirt bikes for on-road use – were faced with a conundrum. Which of these vile criminals would they let escape, and which one would they hunt down themselves?

In other words, it was time for a split-second decision. Martinez came up with a plan: they’d radio other cops for help, then go after the bikers. A bystander caught them on video as they raced down the street after 21-year-old Dayshawn Bettway, the slowest of the dirt bike criminals. It looked so cool, it hardly mattered that the cops were breaking Patrol Book rules on high-speed pursuits and department policy on chasing dirt bikes. After all, it’s not like the NYPD ever killed anyone under identical circumstances.

The cops wound up chasing Bettway into a project. Martinez and his partner took him down in the lobby, surrounded by curious residents who started recording the arrest on their cell phones. Among them were Calvin West, who told NY1 that the cops were punching Bettway in the head before people started recording, 17-year-old Eric Worrell and 19-year-old Jahnico Harvey.

As NYPD Commissioner Bratton reminded us in the wake of the Martinez incident, there are few things cops fear more than people exercising their rights and recording them in the performance of their duties. In Bratton’s words:

When you interfere with a police officer making a lawful arrest, you with your cameras attempt to really get into it — I’m not talking about standing back 10, 15 feet — or incite by yelling and screaming, raising the tension level, then you are creating circumstances that are dangerous for the public and dangerous for the police officers.

Martinez “raised the tension level” by drawing his gun, pointing it at Worrell – a peaceful bystander – and yelling at him to “back up! BACK UP!” Worrell’s recording shows him wavering, yet standing his ground, as the cop threatens him with the pistol.

But the iniquity of Martinez was not yet full. As he was exiting the project, he had to pass Harvey, who, like everyone else, was standing peacefully in a corner with his cell phone out. For some unfathomable reason, Martinez walked slowly past Harvey, then spun and sucker-punched the teen in the face. A cell phone video shows Martinez leaping on Harvey as he reels from the blow, then dragging him to the ground and cuffing him. Harvey was arrested and charged with contempt of cop menacing and disorderly conduct; as of yet, there’s no record of the charges being dismissed.

Even Bratton couldn’t explain this one away, and after the videos blew up on the internet, the NYPD took away Martinez’ badge and gun. So far, so everyday police brutality. But now it’s time for things to get magical.

Cop Watch activist Steve Cruz was posting videos of the incident to Instagram when he got a follow notification from someone who looked a lot like Martinez. After confirming that the Instagram account belonged to the cop who brutalized Harvey, Cruz downloaded everything he could find on Martinez’ page. Cruz has now shared his finds with the rest of the internet, and the results are amazing.

Here’s video of Martinez dressed up as Batman while lifting weights, telling us he’s the hero that we deserve.

Here’s him dressed up as Thor in a prison cell.

Here’s Martinez in a Bane mask.

Then there are the videos of him driving around in his patrol car while recording himself on his phone, in violation of both Patrol Book rules and state distracted-driving law.

Finally, there’s this compilation video, courtesy of NYPD Exposed. The whole thing’s worth watching, but the last part, where Martinez makes good on the headline, is especially enjoyable.

Needless to say, Martinez shouldn’t be on the force. He should be in prison. And given how much they hate looking bad on viral video, it’s possible the cops won’t close ranks around their disgraced comrade this time.

After all, how much more embarrassing does it get?

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  • Truth before narratives
    3 June 2016 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    The guys on dirt bikes were absolutely in the wrong to be circling those cops. Bottom line. This is not the way to establish the much needed changes regarding abusive cops. Hating all cops is not a good strategy either. This is just an excellent way to derail the situation. Sure, it appears a hostile abusive cop was involved however there are good cops working and without the actions of cop Martinez (who is black or biracial apparently) how could you even begin to justify harassing those cops like that? What a shit show all the way around.

    Endangering the lives of cops is not ok.

    Provoking cops is not ok.

    This is not the way to get things accomplished.

    Let’s look at the criminal records of the dirt bike riders while we are at it shall we?

    Seek the truth even if it’s the last thing you hoped it to be.

  • Truth before narratives
    3 June 2016 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Wow. I watched the Martinez videos https://youtu.be/Se7nji83hfw he is a goofball and you guys are using that to tear him down? Ironic to me, and I am very angry about police abuses- have been since 1984- if you go to the facebooks of the majority of the ‘victims’ this site defends (not saying they aren’t victims) you’d find lots of photos of people with guns, doing Gang signs, people glorifying violence and hostility and at times they post their support of what amounts to criminality whereas this Martinez is just making an ass of himself in costumes and wigs. Huge difference there! Cops have a hard job and its getting harder every day since they are now being targeted (all cops not just the bad abusive ones). People are calling for their deaths so im pretty sure that has only exacerbated the situation! Yeah your ‘ammo’ to discredit him is lacking. And I’m no fan of the policies police work under. I want change but this is BS.

  • David Meyer Lindenberg
    3 June 2016 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    TBN, with respect, it’s you who’s derailing the issue here. It doesn’t matter whether the dirt bikers were dyed-in-the-wool criminals or innocent as lambs. Nor does it matter that Martinez is Hispanic.

    Martinez drew down on, then assaulted, random bystanders filming him. The best way for the NYPD to show that Martinez’ actions don’t reflect on his fellow cops would be for them to fire him, and not stand in the way of his prosecution.

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