Police Watch: Stuy Town man arrested for filming friend, Peter Cooper man arrested during eviction

STUY TOWN MAN ARRESTED FOR FILMING FRIEND IN SHOWER
Police arrested 30-year-old Phi Trinh for obscene material inside 651 East 14th Street on Sunday, September 29 at 5:56 p.m. The victim told police that she discovered a portable charging device capable of recording video and taking pictures plugged into the bathroom wall outlet and pointing towards the shower and bathtub. The victim said that she confronted Trinh and found that he was in possession of pictures and videos of her in the bathroom on his personal cell phone and laptop. Police said that Trinh and the victim are friends and had no further information about the nature of their relationship.

PETER COOPER MAN ARRESTED DURING EVICTION PROCEEDINGS
Police arrested 24-year-old Bertram Kreuter for alleged menacing inside 530 East 23rd Street on Thursday, September 26 at 12:58 p.m. The victim told police that he went to assist the NYC marshals in evicting tenants at the apartment. When Kreuter answered the door, he allegedly had a kitchen knife in his hand that he was holding in an aggressive manner and reportedly said, “I’m not leaving. I’m defending my property.”

Police said that Kreuter was told numerous times to drop the knife, at which point he did, but he then allegedly unscrewed a lightbulb and threw it at the victim’s feet, causing alarm and annoyance. The city marshal showed police proof of the eviction notice and the warrant to seize the apartment.

MAN BUSTED FOR THEFTS, BURGLARY
Police arrested 54-year-old Alan Nimmons inside the 13th precinct on Monday, September 23 at 4:33 p.m. for an alleged theft that took place in an office previously.

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Opinion: Who is a socialist? Part I

By former Assemblymember Steven Sanders

It is a sure bet that over the next 12 months as the race for president heats up, you will hear the term “socialist” tossed around by some like an accusation of criminal conduct or of a political miscreant. A scare tactic for certain.

Those who hurl this spitball gauge that most Americans are suspicious, even fearful of socialists. It’s a timeworn page out of the playbook of those opposed to social change that might reapportion some of America’s vast wealth to support programs that primarily benefit middle and low income persons at the expense of the richest.

But is that socialism? In reality, socialism is an all-encompassing system in which government controls the economy from production output to prices of goods and the incomes of its citizens. The actual fact of the matter is that no candidate is proposing that, not even Senator Bernie Sanders, the self-described socialist running for president.

But in the aggregate, Democratic candidates are offering the American people a plethora of goodies, too many that could ever possibly be enacted all at once. To wit: Medicare For All; an elimination of private insurance; forgiveness of all student loans; free college; pre-K programs for all 3 and 4-year-olds. One Democratic candidate is even proposing to give families $1,000 per month every month to spend as they wish!

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