To; Civilian Complaint Board of
August 9, 2009
On August 9, 2009, exactly at 7:15 pm, I was in the corner of my building sharing an interesting conversation about films and underage drinking in
summons and I’ll be home in couple of minutes. I was very frustrated and mad about the whole situation, the whole neighborhood was falling apart and the only action this “officer” is to arrest someone who is not doing anything wrong. When I though this was near the end, Echavarria came and opened the door of the police vehicle and told me to get someone to pick me up at the precinct because I was going to be arrested, “you going to sleep in the precinct tonight” “I know You drunk”. At this moment and giving to the level of disrespect from this person (Echavarria) I decided not to answer him just in case he would get offended again and give me more charges. Captain Schrader came to the vehicle and I told him “You said this is a summons and now I’m getting arrested”.
Describing who I’m is irrelevant, good people do bad things sometimes, but I do not drink, I do not make any noise in my neighborhood and I respect police’s work and as an activist I work on a Non-Profit giving health insurance to underserved people, I’m a known cyclist who tell guys to practice the sport and I was not doing anything wrong on August 9, 2009. The attitude of Echavarria was very unprofessional and by his actions he showed he can be a danger to civilians, it shows that he can lie about charges just to cover that he is wrong. By his actions, Echavarria put the man before the officer, His frustrations before his career and picked on someone unlikeable to him (me) to discharge his discourage and frustrations. Our neighborhood is not the best, but we are fighting everyday to improve it, but not with the attitude of this “officer”.
I was released from the police vehicle at 7:55pm, and the summons said I was doing what I did at 8:30pm, another lie by the officer; a fact that I noted to captain Schrader when I approached him at 8:03pm. I’m not doing this as a vendetta to Echavarria,but as a reminder to the police department that the civilians have rights and we will not tolerate any(more) abuse from the police department as it happened in the past with people like Echavarria. This is just a Red Flag to The department and to the CCB about this ”Officer”.
600 w 189th street 31