NY Heroes Arrest Man For Asking Question

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Sheriff’s Deputy: “Are you a badass, is that what you’re saying?”

A video out of Monroe County, New York shows police arresting a man who questioned why officers were all taking their break at the same time.

Ryan Conklin entered Henrietta Hots diner just before 2am on July 4th before three Monroe County sheriff’s deputies arrived. Conklin asked the deputies why they were all taking their break at the same time when drunk drivers could be leaving local bars.

“I simply asked three Monroe County Sheriffs, why they all were all at Henrietta Hots when it is a busy holiday weekend, and I suggested they be split up and police the area, taking staggered breaks,” said Conklin.

Footage of the incident shows Conklin having a heated conversation with Officer Philip Baretela. Conklin has his hands behind his back, but Baretela escalates the situation when he asks, “Are you a badass, is that what you’re saying?,” before getting in Conklin’s face.

Baretela then demands that Conklin turn around before grabbing him. The three sheriff’s deputies then arrest Conklin but refuse to tell him the reason.

“Why are you arresting me, can you tell me?” Conklin repeatedly asks one of the deputies, but doesn’t get an answer.

Conklin is bundled into the back of a police car while his friend who is filming the incident is told to stay back. One of the cops tries to narrate over the video, claiming that Conklin is “resisting arrest” and “refusing to comply.”

“I was placed in a holding cell for two hours for simply asking our public servants a question,” said Ryan, during which he says the deputies “frantically looked up New York State Penal Law.” Conklin was eventually charged with disorderly conduct.

The Sheriff’s Office claims that Conklin was drunk during the encounter and was acting belligerently before the video began rolling.

The day after the incident, police returned to the diner and “began an interrogation-style line of questioning of employees.”

“It really weirded me out, he asked me a bunch of questions, including where I lived,” said one Henrietta Hots employee who wished to remain anonymous.

“I have never been convicted of a crime in my life,” Conklin tells Infowars, adding that police previously seized his eight legally owned handguns due to a temporary order of protection.

Conklin now sees his role as one of “policing the police,” arguing that recording interactions with law enforcement officers is a good idea for both sides. “I’m not anti-police I’m anti-police brutality,” asserts Conklin.

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  1. This type of crap seems to be happening far more often lately it seems.

    Back in the 1980’s when my dad encountered two rogue cops, it was much more rare. Still was a huge mess and took years to unravel. It ended up costing taxpayers over 2 million dollars (remember that was 1980’s money) to rid our town of those two cops and their corrupt chief. And that was a “good” outcome, most people don’t have the ability (and witnesses) to get three cops fired.

    All this over a neighborhood fight among children (all under age 10 at the time), that should have never involved the police to begin with…………

    The only reason I think we got the cops fired was that it was the s**t that hit the fan, opening up to the general public a much bigger scandal that rocked town hall. And that one of the witnesses (that one of the other neighbors had the good sense to find when this incident was happening) was a county circuit judge that lived on the block. My dad still talks about how those cops eyes bugged out when they saw the judge running towards them. But it only made them make more bad moves which he then witnessed. Probably the only reason why my dad didn’t get arrested either. By the end of it there were 50+ very angry neighbors that all backed my dads account of what happened.

    We faced years of harassment, vandalism and illegal traffic stops (not just us, most of the people of the block). Thankfully we had that judge that swatted down the tickets (which even I would get in high school nearly a decade later). We ended up with a restraining order against our own towns police! We would have to call the state or county police for help, and to be honest, they only helped because there was bad blood between the departments. We finally moved away when I was in college.

    I have a friend who is a mayor of a town next to where I live today. He is one of the few elected people who understand the liability that a single cop can bring to a town. He is taking a ton of heat for when he and his council members finally fired the long time police chief for public corruption. That guy is now suing him (personally) and the town for millions. So even a firing doesn’t bring it to an end.

    For my friend, its only working politically, because the new chief is actually doing his job. He is quickly acting on an crime ridden apartment complex that has been a sore spot for the town for probably two decades under the old chief. Funny how that works, new blood fixing a problem that had a lot to do with the fired one. hmmmmmmmmmm

    I truly hate police corruption with a passion.


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