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A man from New York City says he was followed for blocks by another man who repeatedly called him “a dirty cop” and yelled, “You’ll be dead very soon.”
David Sivella, who lives on the Upper East Side near where he shot the video, initially tweeted it last week and shared it again on Wednesday after the release of another clip in which two teens argue over the weekend on a Manhattan subway platform. dealing with NYPD agents.
Sivella’s video, shot at around 1:30 p.m. on July 19, shows a man wearing long sleeves and trousers in 90-degree weather, carrying a Dunkin’ Donuts bag and sipping a Big Gulp cup.
He told Fox News Digital on Wednesday that the unidentified man began following him between 96th and 95th Streets on Lexington Avenue.
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“The man was off the wall,” he said, and began recording the meeting.
At one point, Sivella asked that man for his name.
“You’ve got all my information, dirty cop,” Sivella said of the man’s reply. “You’ll be dead very soon, dirty cop. Call your friends on the 17[th precinct].”
“He followed me to 92nd Street, where I found a traffic cop,” he said. “I told the officer that this man was following me and threatening to kill me.”
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Sivella said the officer asked if he had been attacked, and he said no. He said he was told, “We can’t do anything unless they attack you.”
Sivella said he offered to press charges “if it helps you get this man off the street and give him some help.”
The NYPD said it had no complaint report about the incident.
Sivella said the man appeared to be “emotionally disturbed” and they hadn’t interacted before “clinging on to me, assuming I was a cop he knew.”
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“I’m 61,” he told Fox News Digital. “I don’t like street fights.”
Sivella, who also heard a nearby shooting on June 29 that killed a 20-year-old mother while walking her baby in a pram, said rising crime in the city is a major concern.
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“This is an economic downturn and a reset of the crime crisis,” he said. “Difference? Politicians have shifted to” [a] blind spot on this stuff, and I’m a Democrat. … New York has some tough years ahead of us.”