Mount Vernon Exposed has obtained exclusive footage of the false arrest of Mount Vernon Exposed publisher Samuel L. Rivers that shows poorly trained Mount Vernon police officers in action.
On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, Rivers was filming a traffic stop on Sandford Blvd in Mount Vernon. Rivers told Mount Vernon Exposed that he began filming the stop because he witnessed the car detained for an extended amount of time. Rivers also said that he filmed the incident because of the recent shooting by disgraced P.O. Sgt. Marcucilli, a rogue police officer that has cost Mount Vernon taxpayers close to $1M in lawsuit settlements due to police misconduct and police brutality.
Rivers also revealed to Mount Vernon Exposed has been investigating allegations of misconduct by Mount Vernon police officers for the past 5 years and will be releasing video in the coming days that will show the Mount Vernon Police Department has a pattern and practice of violating department policy .
While filming, P.O. Greene abruptly stops what he is doing and arrests Mr. Rivers without warning and for no apparent reason only stating he was arresting Mr. Rivers for "harassing a police officer”. Mr. Rivers simply asked the police officers why they were not wearing their hats when the Mount Vernon Police Departmental manual instructs them to do so while outside of their vehicles. The manual specifically states:
Regulation Police hat with eight (8) points; blue piping with black adjustable hatband. Worn with M.V.P.D. Police Officer silver hat shield indicating shield number. Cap may be removed while in Department vehicle while on R.M.P. duty, but must be worn squarely on head when not in vehicle.
A. Optional Uniform Hat for summer wear is the same as above except with open blue cane band for ventilation.
B. Optional Faux Fur Trooper Cap, with cap device mounted in the front. Color black or navy blue, quilted insulated linings, fold down flaps.
Mount Vernon Exposed later learned that P.O. Greene is probationary officer, which means he can be fired within 18 months for not performing his job properly and without interference from the Mount Vernon P.B.A. P.O. Greene should be relieved of his job duties immediately because he already shown that he is a huge liability to Mount Vernon taxpayers.
The video also shows that white police officers have trouble communicating with the black community. Officers were seen on video telling the crowd recording the incident to "Get the fuck out the street" and not answering questions from concerned onlookers in a humane and respectable manner.
Rivers could be heard telling the probationary officer to call a Sergeant or supervisor to the scene because Rivers knew he was being arrested illegally. The officer ignored Rivers repeated calls for a supervisor to come to the scene. Instead, the probationary officer takes command of the scene while more experienced officers looked on and assisted the probationary officer with making the illegal arrest.
In the video when the supervisor finally does arrive on the scene, the probationary officer continues to do as he pleases and even goes so far as to yank Mr. Rivers with excessive force in the back of the police car while in handcuffs. Throughout this entire ordeal, the probationary officer does not confer with his superior.
Nothing short of termination is the appropriate disciplinary action for this police officer.