A Black Lives Matter activist was acquitted Monday by a judge who ripped police witnesses for recalling events that were disproved by video.
The images of protester Cristina Winsor at a July 2016 rally were “totally different from what your officers, who on first blush came across quite credibly, what they told me happened,” Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Stephen Antignani told NYPD lawyer Neil Fenton.
The judge said the officers misrepresented facts that were clear on video from the scene – including that scaffolding was blocking the sidewalk at the point where Winsor was accused of being on the street.
They said there was no such structure when there clearly was, the judge said, and Winsor’s lawyer argued it obstructed pedestrian traffic.
Officers also testified that there were no supervising cops in “white shirts” when the video showed several white-shirted officers – including one making an arrest.
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