Aggrieved Residents Who've Had Enough Drive Off Rogue Cops: You Know You're Doing Wrong - Go Home

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Photos from Copwatch footage

The ultimate in community policing - aka a fed-up community ordering over-the-top NYPD to bugger off - went down in Harlem last week when a plainclothes cop and his partner tried to manhandle, terrorize and arrest a 14-year-old girl on the street, reportedly for pushing an alarm on a police call box. Michael Barber of the Copwatch Patrol Unit was filming the increasingly chaotic scene as a burly cop dragged two young girls to his car, grew enraged when passersby urged the girls to get his name and badge, and began scuffling with the girls and the growing number of spectators - including a heroically mouthy woman who keeps screaming at him for laying hands on a young girl and making the babies in the crowd cry. “You know you’re doing wrong!" she shouts. "GO HOME!” At which point, remarkably, they do. Watching the footage, posted by Copwatch and the Free Thought Project, is chilling, especially when the clearly-out-of-control cop charges the girl and the crowd; by now we all know that anything can, and often does, happen in such fraught circumstances. This time, though, thugs are no match for the righteous wrath of a community. Take note. Howard Zinn: "Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience."

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