VIDEO: Saratoga Springs Police Officer Pepper Sprays and Arrests Man for Flipping the Bird
Officer Nathan Baker of the Saratoga Springs Police Department has been taken off patrol pending investigation after video surfaced of him pepper spraying and arresting Adam Rupeka of Capital District Cop Block.
Rupeka, who was conducting a social experiment of sorts flipped off Officer Baker as he drove past to see if the officer would respect his constitutional right to flip the bird… As expected, he gets pulled over and it doesnt end well for either man involved.
According to Chief Gregory Veitch, the incident occurred Saturday at 3:34 p.m near High Rock Avenue and the Hampton Inn.
Watch Rupekas video below:
Officer Baker claimed he was arresting Adam Rupeka for disorderly conduct. Rupeka had flipped him off while driving past him.
And while the New York statute for disorderly conduct includes a line about making an obscene gesture, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which encompasses New York, ruled that flipping cops off is protected by the Constitution.
During the arrest, Baker used force, including the deployment of pepper spray, Veitch said. Rupeka recorded part of the incident, Veitch said, and the video was posted on YouTube and the Facebook page titled Capital District Cop Block. Rupeka was treated by medical personnel at the city police station and Saratoga Hospital emergency room, Veitch said.
I take very seriously any allegation of improper use of force made against any officer of the Saratoga Springs Police Department, and I have been in contact with Mr. Rupeka regarding this incident, Veitch said in a statement. An internal investigation of the entire incident has already commenced.
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