Eyebrows have been raised and a U.S. Marshal's probe launched following the posting of a video on the official website of Rep. Peter King.
The Long Island Republican is chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security and has been a steadfast supporter of increased national security measures to monitor radicalization. The video in question, which has since been removed by Rep. King's official Youtube account, featured the 67-year-old Congressman participating in a ride-along with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force during a Monday raid of a high-risk and believed-to-be-armed fugitive in Brooklyn. The raid took place coincidentally just a few blocks away from where Rep. King went to high school, and the video included the logo for the TV show "Manhunters."
The Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. Marshals Service is now investigating the raid to see if the video taken with and posted by Rep. King during the arrest violates any federal policy.
The video reveals the fugitive's face, name and charges, identifies several task force officials during the arrest, features the storming of the fugitive's walk-up apartment, breaking down of a door in chase of the fugitive, and the fugitive subdued by the task force officials who held the him handcuffed, face-down and pinned to the ground by an officials knee.
At the end of the video the congressman recaps the take down, and the weapon and narcotics found on the fugitive at the time of arrest.
Talking Points Memo reports that after inquiries to Rep. King’s office in regards to the video, which he also tweeted, it was marked “private” and no longer available to the public on YouTube. The video was later removed and replaced by a shorter version, which TPM notes cut almost a minute of footage, including clips of an officer kicking in a door, a joke about how Rep. King “got” a suspect, and an officer describing to the congressman how he kicked someone, perhaps the suspect, off a ladder. That video has also now been removed by the user.
“The policy restrictions which prohibit individuals who are not U.S. Marshals employees or Task Force Officers from filming inside a private residence are intended to be in place during all ride-alongs,” U.S. Marshals spokesman Jeff Carter told TPM in a statement. “We are currently investigating this matter to determine exactly what happened in this instance.”
Rep. King's spokesman Kevin Fogarty told the Wall Street Journal; “Congressman King was invited by the US Marshals to accompany them in a series of raids and everything was done in compliance with their procedures.”
Before removal, TPM was able to capture the original video: