Benjamin Szycher busted after racial-slurring, F-bombing, cop-punching outburst
During his recent arrest in Boulder, Benjamin Szycher insisted that he was being fitted for cuffs in violation of his First Amendment rights; get details from the vivid police report on view below. And he certainly used his speech freely during a bizarre incident that allegedly included him punching a cop.
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According to the report, the incident got underway just after midnight on September 21, when a Boulder Police officer received a report of criminal mischief at 1222 Pearl Street, an address in the heart of the pedestrian mall. He was walking near that spot with bystanders when a young man later identified as Szycher approached from eastbound Pearl Street, made eye-contact with the officer, and reportedly (and loudly) said, "Did you guys hear about the Boulder cop who raped that chick?"
To what incident is Szycher referring? The one involving former Boulder officer Christian McCracken, who resigned last month in the wake of attempted-murder allegations, not rape? Or was he simply launching a random provocation? Hard to pin down -- but he's said to have followed up this question with the statement, "That's fucked up, dude. You guys got to get that shit under control."
The portion of the Pearl Street Mall where the incident got underway.
At that point, the officer recalls telling Szycher to keep his voice down -- an edict the soon-to-be suspect answered with a "Fuck off," the narrative maintains.
The situation could have ended there, but the report says Szycher then encountered a group of females who apparently gave him the stink eye, prompting him to yell, "Mind your fucking business."
The officer and a colleague then ordered Szycher to sit down on a nearby brick wall, to which Szycher allegedly said, "You can't do shit, you nigger pig."
An officer then grabbed Szycher's left wrist and repeated the sit-down demand. However, the narrative says Szycher wasn't any more receptive the second time around, initially struggling to get free, then trying to slug one of the officers in the face. That reportedly caused the second officer to lose his footing, at which point Szycher is accused of punching him in the neck.
Continue to read what happened next in the Benjamin Szycher case and see the police report and more.