A recorded exchange between a group of young men and a New York City police officer highlighted how strained relations between citizens and law enforcement often are.
The video, posted Monday on YouTube, shows a group of three kids engaged in a confrontation with an officer who appears to be asking them to move along and stop blocking a sidewalk, although it's not clear what they were doing before the recording or how the interaction began.
“I don’t need to show you s***, I really don’t," one of the kids said after the officer asked for his ID. "I studied this in college."
More about the encounter
When the video begins, the young men are telling the officer that they don't have to follow his orders, as he appears to be telling them to move from the place in the sidewalk that they are congregating. The officer doesn't say in the video why he is insisting they move.
The officer then takes a step toward them, saying "now you're invading my space." The group then begins taunting him, saying "You call yourself a cop?"
The officer repeatedly tells them to move along, and says if they're not going to leave then they need to show him ID, at which point one of them tells the officer he "don't need to show you s***."
The officer asks them if they want to get arrested, then walks back toward a nearby building where another officer has been looking on. The first officer repeatedly tells them "don't go near me."
At this point, the kids begin chanting "f*** you" to the officer and giving him the middle finger as they begin to walk away. The officer ends the exchange with "Have a nice day" and "Say hi to your moms for me."
Here's the video:
(H/T New York Post)