Sunday, December 2, 2012

NYPD Proves Street Artist Right by Tracking Him Down and Arresting Him

Interesting to see where this will go. He's an artist; will the ACLU get involved?
NYPD Proves Street Artist Right by Tracking Him Down and Arresting Him: Essam Attia is the New York street artist responsible for placing fake NYPD ads reading "Drones: Protection When You Least Expect It" around town. In September, he gave a video interview to Animal NY, with his identity and voice obscured, in which he discussed this project and his art in general. Wednesday morning, the NYPD arrested him at home.

The NYDN reports that he's charged with "56 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, grand larceny possession of stolen property and weapons possession,"
that last, according to the article, because a .22 pistol (unloaded) was found under his bed. I'd imagine many citizens of NYC have guns for protection.

Still—great work by the NYPD to prove Essam's point: you are all being watched. Poke humor at the ALL SEEING GOVERNMENT EYE, and it will make you pay. IT KNOWS ALL.

(h/t to Boing Boing for link.)

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