From the NY Post:
City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan was so convinced her neighbor was spying on her family with a video camera that she pulled strings at One Police Plaza to get cops to search the man’s apartment, law-enforcement sources told The Post.
Sadik-Khan called Police Headquarters to report that a man living in a high-rise building across the street from her West Village apartment was using a video camera to peep on her and her family, the sources said.
“It looked like a recording device and that’s what spooked her,” a law-enforcement source said.
An NYPD detective was dispatched to Sadik-Kahn’s home earlier this month and looked out the window to see what looked like a video camera in the man’s window.
The detective was satisfied that the device appeared to be a video camera and went to a Manhattan judge, who signed a search warrant allowing cops to search the man’s apartment for the device in his window, the sources said.
“It’s a total invasion of privacy. Are we living in a police state?” said a police source. “Sadik-Khan says, ‘I think he’s got a recording device.’ That’s pretty flimsy.”
When cops searched the man’s apartment, the “video camera” turned out to be a piece of equipment that can’t record anything.
“Why would the DA’s Office and the judge go along with that and sign off on a search warrant?” the police source fumed.
If you or I called the police and claimed something like this, would they even show up to investigate?