Posted in music | video on April 10, 2008

the view from M.I.A.'s Brooklyn apartment
Bed Stuy

Added: April 08, 2008
THIS WAS GOING ON OUTSIDE MY WINDOW TODAY
IN BEDSTUY, WHERE IS OBAMA AT? HURRY UP!

Category: Nonprofits & Activism

Tags: mia MIA NYPD worldtown in my hood news
[MIA]

(thx Jason)

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Comments (73)

dont think she will be a steady cam operator anytime soon

Posted by crimsonnclover | April 10, 2008 4:53 PM

Obama, as mayor of New York, is going to legalize resisting arrest?

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 4:55 PM

I like how we are not even given a context and are supposed to take this as a reason to be angry at cops.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 4:57 PM

She don't live in no BedStuy...bullshit

Posted by dmg | April 10, 2008 4:58 PM

Really, Obama's platform has a plank regarding police brutality? Or is that just M.I.A. jumping to conclusions based on his race?

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 4:59 PM

LOOK, POLICE

BE MAD AT THEM!

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 5:00 PM

isnt that called resisting arrest?

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 5:03 PM

where are your hyper-colour shorts and FUPA at MIA?

BUCKY DONE GUN your true valley girl accent

Posted by hipster poseur | April 10, 2008 5:05 PM

this is not as good as the santogold date rape youtube video

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 5:05 PM

Resisting arrest deserves a beatdown. I see no problems.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 5:05 PM

Problems in Iraq?
Obama!

Healthcare?
Obama!

Police brutality?
Obama!

Cancer?
Obama!

Purchase in the next 15 minutes, and get free shipping.

I hope Hillary or McCain wins just to shut up to Obamabots.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 5:08 PM

Gimme a break. These cops are thugs - they were treating the guy like a rag doll and putting guns against his head. That's not protocol. Protocol is the guy is on the ground and cuffed.

Posted by Allen | April 10, 2008 5:10 PM

if you resist arrest to the point where they have to call in backup you'd better believe that theyre going to bring an ass-beating when they arrive.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 5:11 PM

i think i would of given up after the initial macing. YOU HIGH ON PCP BOY?????

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 5:11 PM

I really dont know what this crazy sexy bitch thinks she caught on tape but that would not even make the 6 o clock local. The person above said it correctly. There no context and it looks like resisting arrest. I mean i am no fan of police brutality(fuck a pig) but i know enough that when an officer says get on the ground i do it. Even if i think i am 100% within my right not to.
Now with all that being said, anyone know where this video was shot. Id like to take a stroll over there and see if i can met MIA and maybe fuck the living blimey out of her.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 5:13 PM

anon 5:08 your guilt for voting for hillary is pretty clear. get a nose job.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 5:13 PM

do or die.

Posted by FRX | April 10, 2008 5:15 PM

Brutality? How about stupidity? I dislike the MAN just as much as the next guy but you know what? There's a whole heap of serious abuses going down that we know nothing about. It's that shit we should be uncovering. This video looks like someone resisting arrest for whatever reason and the police being fairly cool about it. I kept expecting a full on body slam or multiple Tazer shots....something!

Obama? Where are you? That's so cute. If that were him in the video getting pepper sprayed...now that would have been cool.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 5:16 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHHA. too bad it wasnt her getting beaten

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 5:17 PM

I love a couple of the Google ads on the side of this post:

"Distinctive homes in Brownstone Brooklyn"

"The Police Tickets"

"Police Stations in Brooklyn Park MN Website, address, maps & more."

(WTF to the last one)

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 5:21 PM

It would have been awesome if the video had some M.I.A. in the background. They could match up the musical beats with the baton beats.

Where's the remix?

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 5:22 PM

it's human to writhe in pain when hit in the head and maced. the people saying that guy was resisting are out of their minds....then again i'm sure they feel nothing and wouldn't have the slightest response at all

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 5:29 PM

I wonder if any white people comment on this blog...

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 5:30 PM

Shopped.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 5:35 PM

some people will say anything for a click thru

Posted by Truthiness | April 10, 2008 5:39 PM

"it's human to writhe in pain when hit in the head and maced. the people saying that guy was resisting are out of their minds....then again i'm sure they feel nothing and wouldn't have the slightest response at all

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 5:29 PM"

You fucking idiot. We r talking about before that happened. An officer tells you to get on the ground you do it or you get hit or maced. Now is that right? Of course not and cops suck for that but it is life as we know it especially in this city.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 5:39 PM

"anon 5:08 your guilt for voting for hillary is pretty clear. get a nose job. "

Me, vote for a ... Democrat?!? I make too much money to vote for a tax-n-spend liberal. (although they are better than the tax-n-spend conservatives like Bush).

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 5:46 PM

don't you mean East Williamsburg?

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 5:49 PM

ALL I WANNA DO IS POW-POW-POW-POW AND CHK-CHK KA-CHING AND TAKE YA MONEY!

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 5:54 PM

My Dilemma? Who do I hate more, cops or MIA?

Posted by peter | April 10, 2008 5:57 PM

I farted.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 5:59 PM

Wow, that was as bad as the Rodney King video only minus the Police brutality.

I think I saw the cop punching the air a few times like he was having a hissy fit. I also think I see some video with the speed manipulated. Otherwise.... huh?

p.s. This woman's father was trained and armed by the Israeli government, not the PLO....and not as a young adult she's still trying to sort her head from her ass.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 6:04 PM

People.. Classic case of police brutality. Really? Resisting arrest? come on now. I can't wait for Al Sharpton and his goons to get in on this. Only because MIA shot this shit. Hilarious. Let me take you to a place called Camden. Let's talk about Police Brutality then. These guys were following standard procedure. This guy called for his shots.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 6:06 PM

What the hell? That's it? What a joke, really. There's nothing illegal or out of the ordinary on that video. The guy resisted to the point where the 2 cops had to call in back-up. The law permits them to do a heck of a lot more than they actually did -- the guy is lucky they showed some restraint.

That's 6 minutes and 38 seconds of my life I'm never getting back.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 6:07 PM

Obama is a cop.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 6:14 PM

Yawn,I see enough poe-lice in my neighborhood.
Most look like bullies just out of high school who now get paid to be bullies (especially at black school kids and the homeless).By the way,if you want to be a cop too so MIA can film you,there is a registration ad in allmusic.com.Only in NYC,Only in the NYPD Take The Test!

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 6:23 PM

I'd ask for my 06:38 back, but i'd prolly just blow it anyway

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 6:26 PM

A request for Brooklyn Vegan:

Please, don't post about anything more meaningful than when tickets go on sale, or how the show last night was, because we clearly are not mature enough to discuss anything outside of our eternally adolescent bubbles. More about Natalie Portman & Devendra Banhart are dating, please.

Thanks.

Posted by People Magazine + dumb haircuts = cool | April 10, 2008 6:29 PM

People magazine @ 6:29: Agreed. Not sure how different the comments would be on a Sean Hannity blog than on this thread.

Posted by edwyn the bear | April 10, 2008 6:44 PM

Thanks to gentrification , there are loads in 5-0 in the hood in bed-stuy..

Us blacks were used to getting away with stuff for a while w/o cops around . And were able to enjoy the hood..

Thanks MIA , for making this "brutality" poss...

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 6:52 PM

anon 5:13 speaks truth.

same could be said, and was said, for the idiot at the Kerry rally.
"don't mace me, bro!"
yeah well maybe he wouldn't have to mace you if you just calmly let them cuff you. even if, and ESPECIALLY if, you KNOW you didn't do anything wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 7:00 PM

I'm with 5:08. Enough with the "Obama is the cure all for everything from global warming to too many stray animals to std's to potholes". F---ing lemmings.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 7:12 PM

I didn't realize MIA was that unintelligent.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 7:25 PM

by the way I got maced once in a fight with some gutterpunks in boston, and it really sucks

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 7:26 PM

anon 6:06

i'm sure in Camden, they deserve it much more haha - that city has been in the top 5 most dangerous cities for the past 10 years

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 7:52 PM

resisting arrest? why would he do that? oh I dunno, maybe cuz 1/9 black men in this country are incarcerated and he's tired of it?

still... there is no brutality in this video. you really can't see much of anything going on and when you can it's all completely legal shit. guess what, if you do resist arrest, they're not gonna ask you politely to put some handcuffs on, they're gonna do what they gotta do.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 7:55 PM

Hasn't she ever watched COPS?

Posted by sheesh | April 10, 2008 8:42 PM

i want that 6 minutes of my life back. all i saw was a guy resisting arrest. c'mon he should have know the drill. onto the ground or get maced. it IS bed stuy afterall. (right or wrong)

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 9:02 PM

whenever i see a cop i laugh my ass off. they're clowns in uniforms, little boys (and sadly sometimes girls) who get off on their power trips, and were likely bullied as a children. they're absolute clowns. the biggest insult you can give their fragile egos is to refuse to be impressed, much less respect their so called "authority." just laugh in their faces. they're pathetic.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 9:19 PM

i new she was a superhero

Posted by ROCK STARchitect | April 10, 2008 9:39 PM

don't you get it? anytime the white man puts the black man in shackles it's brutality. now hand me my glitter eyeshadow and purple hammertime pants.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 10:09 PM

wow she's so street


FULL OF SHIT STUPID SCENESTER BITCH

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 10:12 PM

will someone please take away anonymous commenting? this really makes this blog look like a roomful of fucking adolescents.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 10:57 PM

Is it really so unusual for a sexy bitch like MIA to feel sorry for the poor black youth who has half of Bloomberg's police mob up his ass because he stole a candy or something?It is obvious by these posts that the police are not patroling hipster neighborhoods looking for suspicous looking hipsters to stop and frisk.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 11:04 PM

anon 10:57:

that's funny because you are anon 10:57.

Posted by really not anonymous | April 10, 2008 11:09 PM

resisting arrest = awesome. WTF with people saying "get on the ground or get maced," you don't know, that's just where it starts.

just knowing that MIA is out there camcording me makes me feel like standing up to THE MAN.

Stay strong, Java St! Keep ya head up, corner of Franklin and Huron!

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2008 11:13 PM

"It is obvious by these posts that the police are not patroling hipster neighborhoods looking for suspicous looking hipsters to stop and frisk."

I'm a pasty white guy and twice last year, I attracted the interest of the NYPD while I was alone, minding my own business, on the sidewalks of Astoria. Granted, they didn't go so far as to frisk me, and I'm not a hipster, but still.

Posted by now gimme my cookie | April 10, 2008 11:21 PM

resisting arrest is HOT!

Posted by Paris Hilton | April 10, 2008 11:22 PM

cookie,join the club.While I was walking I noticed a female cop following me with a walkie talkie.Next thing I know,she and three other cops get out of a police van and tell me to stop.I did get frisked.Since their excuse for stopping me was completely made up bullshit,I still don't know why I attracted their interest.

Not a hipster either.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2008 12:00 AM

this shit happens all the time, many crooked cops on the nypd force; all race and ethnicity. but this video is put out of context. if you're so shock about this, why don't you contact a reporter? or better yet, get more information about this, why can't YOU do something...but no, you think it could all be solve when barack obama is president so he can fix corruption in the ny's police department? but the whole mess that bush is leaving the next president isn't a concern? and move out of bedstuy, you're increasing the rent for the people who lives in the neighborhood; driving them out. granted, you probably have a wide perspective on cultures and are talented, but what can obama do? for the sake of argument, a white cops-- would was born into a racist family doesn't become racist anymore because obama is president? that just blows my mind. i'm all about stopping racism, as this video was portrayed, but you can be all gun ho about this. aren't you a political singer, well become active in your community in bed stuy, instead of acting all "oh that's horrible..." but the cops won't do anything if you report this, get a reporter it's better than a cop.

Posted by lengthy | April 11, 2008 1:46 AM

Great camera work. I almost threw up twice.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2008 2:22 AM

what is the proper protocol if you are a citizen who thinks you are witnessing police brutality?
film it and send it to ray kelly and mayor mike?
run outside and ask the cops
what they are doing?

seriously,
what's the proper protocol to ensure that the cops are treated as fairly as the perp?

anyone know?

Posted by I am not Star Jones | April 11, 2008 2:26 AM

Didn't she shoot Cloverfield?

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2008 2:29 AM

hey, that's my building!

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2008 2:41 AM

Location of of said video here: http://michaeldempster.com/post/31456942

Posted by md | April 11, 2008 8:11 AM

I HATE M.I.A.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2008 9:36 AM

"Location of of said video here: http://michaeldempster.com/post/31456942

Posted by md | April 11, 2008 8:11 AM"

Thank you MD for that. Bedford and Halsey. Good work. This weekend i plan on placing myself there and waiting to see her. Then i am going to pretend i was just walking by and i am gonna say hello to her which will turn into asking her out, romancing her and eventually fucking the stupid right out of her. Only bad thing is that i have to swim in the same pool as Diplo. EWWW.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2008 9:52 AM

all you apathetic sheep on here are idiots

Posted by Cunty McFierceson | April 11, 2008 12:12 PM

maya didnt tape it ther was a guy tapin it when i saw it. i live on tha block, all u wan come and b stalkers/fuk the shit out of someone an whvr is ridiculous. fuk yall have some respect... or become nypd cops... witchevr come first. yall prolly too pusssy to step off round her anyway. Big up ICE T! and Body count. u know wha im sayin

Posted by isa | April 11, 2008 1:30 PM

I don't think anyone can argue that the NYPD didn't become a bit more "militaristic" when that fascist Guiliani took office so long ago, but a bit of context goes a long way.

Posted by Michael Quirk | April 11, 2008 7:01 PM

wow, i can't believe the reactionary bullshit people on here are spewing. if you're gonna defend the fucking police, just keep listening to your toby keith records and shut the fuck up.

Posted by sean | April 16, 2008 8:06 PM

wow she lives in the hood?! crazy
And anon 9:52 good luck!

Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2009 1:03 PM

People always think about policeman as thugs.
These guys were following standard procedure. This guy called for his shots. sad to see this.

Posted by pepper spray expert | November 12, 2010 4:49 AM

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