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NYPD’s release of an attempted rape video to hype up New York’s return to the bad old days of crime will backfire in the long run

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An apparent broad-daylight rape attempt in a subway station in New York’s posh Upper East Side neighborhood, filmed by a bystander and released to the public by the New York Police Department, shocked the nation over the weekend. New York, once considered the safest ‘big city’ in the US, seemed to be sliding catastrophically back into the grimy, crime-ridden 1970s.

Some thought the cops had crossed a line by releasing the video, filmed at the Lexington Avenue and 63rd Street subway station. In full view of bystanders, a man recently identified as Jose Reyes appears to simulate sexual activity with his 25-year-old victim after knocking her down when she reportedly got off the train to get away from him. Reyes has a sizable rap sheet, including other subway offenses, police said.

While the NYPD often releases surveillance camera still photos of suspects when seeking tips from the public to solve a crime, high-resolution videos like the latest clip are rare. Video of a crime in progress is seldom released, because even if the alleged perpetrator seen in the video is guilty, such clips bias a potential jury and may violate the privacy of both victim (who was blurred out by the NYPD before it released the clip on Sunday) and the alleged perpetrator.

So why were New Yorkers treated,........

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