The suspects, however, claim the cop approached them inside a hardware store, flashing money, looking to buy drugs.
One of the men, Peterson Duplan, recognized McDonald as a cop who had arrested years ago.
More words were exchanged before Duplan and his three friends walked out of the hardware store.
McDonald then followed them out, walking closely behind.
The video shows they all walk down the block, out of frame, where they were eventually arrested.
The way McDonald described it, he was held up at knifepoint directly outside the hardware.
He said the other men surrounded him, telling him, “we are going to fuck you up.”
He also said a crowd of people gathered, a detail cops love to add to reports, thinking it adds to the drama.
But the video shows there was no crowd of people. And that no confrontation took place outside the store.
In fact, no switchblade knife was ever recovered.
Nevertheless, Duplan, 28, and his friends, Jean Scott, 33; Ricardi Joseph, 29; and Samanta Dabel, 24, are still facing attempted robbery charges, which can land them all in prison for 15 years.
The video contains no audio and it’s difficult to decipher what is going on because McDonald, wearing a gray hoodie, has his face blurred out, courtesy of the New York Daily News, which broke the story, apparently feeling the need to protect the lying cop who has no qualms about destroying lives.
Those lawsuits are unable to be accessed unless one has accounts at Justia or Pacer, so if any lawyer has a few minutes to spare, we would greatly appreciate being able to post the suits for our readers.
He went with the old “fighting stance” description in his arrest report, another detail cops love to include to add to the drama.
UPDATE: Thanks to a reader, we have obtained the two lawsuits McDonald was supposedly named in. The 2014 lawsuit filed by Ramirez does not list his name, but he is probably one of the ten “Officer John/Jane Does” named in the suit.
In the 2015 suit, Naquan Fedd says he was also falsely arrested on drug charges after McDonald pulled his pants down in front of several officers, exposing his penis, but finding no drugs. His charges were also dismissed.