HARLEM — The NYPD has created a “wanted” poster for a Harlem couple who film cops conducting stop-and-frisks and post the videos on YouTube — branding them “professional agitators” who portray cops in a bad light and listing their home address, DNAinfo.com New York has learned.
The flyer featured side-by-side mugshots of Matthew Swaye, 35, and his partner Christina Gonzalez, 25, and warned officers to be on guard against them. It was spotted by multiple people, including the couple, when it was taped to a podium outside a public hearing room in the 30th Precinct house last Thursday, where residents met for precinct council meeting.
“Be aware that above subjects are known professional agitators,” read the flyer, which bears the NYPD shield and a seal of the NYPD’s Intelligence Division. It also gave the home address of the couple.
“Above subjects MO is that they video tape officers performing routine stops and post on YouTube,” the sign said. “Subjects purpose is to portray officers in a negative way and too deter officers from conducting there [sic] responsibilities.”
The flyer also listed the name and cellphone number of a Sgt. Nicholson in the 30th Precinct, and implored cops to “not feed into above subjects propaganda.”
Nicholson did not respond to a request for comment. The NYPD also did not respond to repeated requests.
A person who was at the meeting, but asked not to be named, said the flyer looked like a “wanted poster.”
“I thought: ‘Why isn’t anyone arresting them?’” the individual said. “When you see something like that, you think there’s a reward out for the person on the flyer.”
Gonzalez, who was stunned to see her and her partner’s face on the poster, quickly shot a video of the poster and uploaded it to YouTube.
Matthew Swaye and Christina Gonzalez, anti stop and frisk advocates, say they were shocked to see their face on a poster calling them “professional agitators” when they entered the 30th Precinct in Harlem last week. (DNAinfo/Jeff Mays)
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