NYPD Cop Charged with Felonies for Arresting Man Trying to Record Him

A New York City police officer who walked up to a woman and [__began pawing her in a suggestive manner,__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2015/04/nypd-cop-paws-on-woman-standing-on-sidewalk-before-pouncing-on-friend-for-recording/) only to arrest her male friend who pulled out a phone to record, was indicted today on several charges, including two felony counts.

Jonathan Munoz, 32, claimed Jason Disisto took a “fighting stance” before taking a swing at him late one night in [__March 2014.__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2015/04/nypd-cop-paws-on-woman-standing-on-sidewalk-before-pouncing-on-friend-for-recording/)

A surveillance camera proved otherwise.

But that video that did not surface until after Munoz and two other cops pounced on Disito and forced him into a car, driving away as one of them threw the phone out the window, causing it to break.

Disito, charged with obstructing governmental administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, which are the usual contempt-of-cop charges, which were all dropped thanks to the video.

Now Munoz is facing two felony counts of filing false reports as well as three misdemeanors of official misconduct, according to[__Gothamist.__](http://gothamist.com/2015/12/22/cop_watch_season_2_the_reckoning.php)

But unlike Disito, who was thrown in jail for a crime he did not commit and had to pay $1,500 bail to be released, Munoz was freed with no bail – just as they did last week to the [__NYPD cop arrested on charges of molesting a girl__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2015/12/nypd-cop-charged-for-molesting-girl-over-three-year-period-released-without-bail-on-same-day/) over a three-year period.

However, if convicted, he faces up to 11 years in prison.

But it would be surprising if he spends a single day in jail considering [__NYPD police officer Michael Ackermann__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2015/10/nypd-cop-convicted-of-falsifying-arrest-report-on-new-york-times-photographer/) received a sentence of [__100 hours of community service__](http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/judge-rips-ex-cop-lying-arrest-nyt-staffer-article-1.2453383) for falsifying records to arrest New York Times photographer Robert Stolarik.

Manhattan prosecutors did not explain why they did not also charge Daniel Cross and Edwin Florez, the two other cops who conspired with Munoz to commit felonies.

According to the Gothamist article:

> Lying in a criminal complaint, as it says at the bottom of each complaint form, is considered perjury, at least a misdemeanor punishable by a year imprisonment. Filing a false instrument requires prosecutors to show more intent, and is a felony punishable by as many as four years.

Disito filed a lawsuit this year against the NYPD for false arrest, which is still pending. He is being represented by the law firm, [__Rankin & Taylor__](http://drmtlaw.com/), who were the ones who obtained the surveillance footage and narrated it.

And Munoz wore a yarmulke to his hearing today where he pleaded not guilty, according to the [__New York Daily News.__](http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nypd-charged-lying-arrest-article-1.2474108)

But that did not cover up the fact that he is a lying thug.

A New York City police officer who walked up to a woman and [__began pawing her in a suggestive manner,__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2015/04/nypd-cop-paws-on-woman-standing-on-sidewalk-before-pouncing-on-friend-for-recording/) only to arrest her male friend who pulled out a phone to record, was indicted today on several charges, including two felony counts.

Jonathan Munoz, 32, claimed Jason Disisto took a “fighting stance” before taking a swing at him late one night in [__March 2014.__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2015/04/nypd-cop-paws-on-woman-standing-on-sidewalk-before-pouncing-on-friend-for-recording/)

A surveillance camera proved otherwise.

But that video that did not surface until after Munoz and two other cops pounced on Disito and forced him into a car, driving away as one of them threw the phone out the window, causing it to break.

Disito, charged with obstructing governmental administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, which are the usual contempt-of-cop charges, which were all dropped thanks to the video.

Now Munoz is facing two felony counts of filing false reports as well as three misdemeanors of official misconduct, according to[__Gothamist.__](http://gothamist.com/2015/12/22/cop_watch_season_2_the_reckoning.php)

But unlike Disito, who was thrown in jail for a crime he did not commit and had to pay $1,500 bail to be released, Munoz was freed with no bail – just as they did last week to the [__NYPD cop arrested on charges of molesting a girl__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2015/12/nypd-cop-charged-for-molesting-girl-over-three-year-period-released-without-bail-on-same-day/) over a three-year period.

However, if convicted, he faces up to 11 years in prison.

But it would be surprising if he spends a single day in jail considering [__NYPD police officer Michael Ackermann__](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2015/10/nypd-cop-convicted-of-falsifying-arrest-report-on-new-york-times-photographer/) received a sentence of [__100 hours of community service__](http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/judge-rips-ex-cop-lying-arrest-nyt-staffer-article-1.2453383) for falsifying records to arrest New York Times photographer Robert Stolarik.

Manhattan prosecutors did not explain why they did not also charge Daniel Cross and Edwin Florez, the two other cops who conspired with Munoz to commit felonies.

According to the Gothamist article:

> Lying in a criminal complaint, as it says at the bottom of each complaint form, is considered perjury, at least a misdemeanor punishable by a year imprisonment. Filing a false instrument requires prosecutors to show more intent, and is a felony punishable by as many as four years.

Disito filed a lawsuit this year against the NYPD for false arrest, which is still pending. He is being represented by the law firm, [__Rankin & Taylor__](http://drmtlaw.com/), who were the ones who obtained the surveillance footage and narrated it.

And Munoz wore a yarmulke to his hearing today where he pleaded not guilty, according to the [__New York Daily News.__](http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nypd-charged-lying-arrest-article-1.2474108)

But that did not cover up the fact that he is a lying thug.

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