Tags: Law Enforcement | nypd | black lives matter | undercover | protests

Documents: NYPD Infiltrated Black Lives Matter, Gained Access to Texts

Image: Documents: NYPD Infiltrated Black Lives Matter, Gained Access to Texts
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

By    |   Tuesday, 04 Apr 2017 01:59 PM

Undercover New York City Police Department officers infiltrated Black Lives Matter activists, according to records obtained by The Guardian.

The records were produced because of a February court ruling, and show the scope of NYPD surveillance of Black Lives Matter protests in 2014 and 2015.

According to emails, undercover officers posed as protesters within small groups, which allowed them to gain access to details about demonstrations. The officers shared information about locations of certain protesters at certain times. The emails appear to show that officers were trusted enough by the protesters that they took photos of protesters' phones or were part of group texts involved in planning, the Guardian's report said.

"That text loop was just for organizers, I don't know how that got out. Someone had to have told someone how to get on it . . . We clearly compromised ourselves," Elsa Waithe, a Black Lives Matter organizer, said in the Guardian's report.

Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD detective sergeant, said the infiltration was standard practice.

"If you take out the biggest mouth, everybody just withers away, so you concentrate on the ones you believe are your organizers," he said.

Attorneys said that the NYPD might not have been acted within their legal bounds. Guidelines say that the department can formally investigate protests "when facts or circumstances reasonably indicate that an unlawful act has been, is being, or will be committed."

"If they're not talking about any crimes being committed, they're going to have a difficult time defending this. Some may say this is good police work, fine, but good police work or not, we have rules against this kind of thing in New York," Giacalone said.

For protesters, the infiltration raises issues of trust.

"It's really hard to organize when you can't trust each other," Waithe said.

"Black Lives Matter is a political critic of the NYPD, and undercover infiltration of BLM is political action by the NYPD. The documents uniformly show no crime occurring, but NYPD had undercovers inside the protests for months on end as if they were al-Qaeda. That is not law enforcement," attorney David Thompson said, according to New York Daily News.

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

 
1Like our page
2Share
Newsfront
Undercover New York City Police Department officers infiltrated Black Lives Matter activists, according to records obtained by The Guardian.
nypd, black lives matter, undercover, protests
361
2017-59-04
Tuesday, 04 Apr 2017 01:59 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved