NYPD Targets Matthew Swaye and Christina Gonzalez for Legally Filming Stop-and-Frisks
The New York Police Department has put out a “police advisory” flyer to warn police and residents to look out for two “professional agitators," Matthew Swaye and his partner Christina Gonzalez, who film NYPD officers conducting stop-and-frisks and assaulting demonstrators. The videos are then placed on YouTube.
Swaye and Gonzalez came across the mugshot poster with the official seal of the NYPD’s intelligence division, taped to a podium in the 30th precinct’s public hearing room while attending a precinct council meeting.
According to DNAinfo.com, the flyer listed the home address of the couple and warned:
Be aware that the subjects are known professional agitators that live at [home address]. Above subjects mo is that they video tape officers performing routine stops and post on youtube. Subjects purpose is to portray officers in a negative way and too deter officers from conducting there responsibilities. Above subjects also deter officers from being safe and tactical by causing unnecessary distractions. Do not feed into subjects propaganda.
Swaye and Gonzalez have been arrested several times in the past year for civil disobedience. Swaye was detained at a stop-and-frisk protest in Harlem, along with a a group of advocates including Cornel West. Gonzalez was arrested at a Father’s Day stop-and-frisk march and, on a separate occasion, spent a few days at Rikers on a contempt charge after refusing to apologize for calling conservative Brooklyn Judge John H. Wilson a “white racist pig.”