Benjamin Szycher busted after racial-slurring, F-bombing, cop-punching outburst

Categories: Colorado Crimes

benjamin szycher mug shot cropped.jpg
Big photo below.
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.

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?"

pearl street mall screen capture.jpg
The portion of the Pearl Street Mall where the incident got underway.
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."

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.



Advertisement

My Voice Nation Help
14 comments
Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Fuck Boulder !

FUCK ALL POLICE !!!

Damon Wood
Damon Wood

seems like a totally reasonable guy..... haha......not

m_kayy
m_kayy

I hate how the police think they can use their "power" to undermine the true events that occurred that night. In this situation, the police are desperately trying to cover their tracks for the excessive police brutally that occurred that evening. I witnessed Szycher formally giving himself up for arrest, when multiple officers kicked him to the ground and repeatedly bashed his head into the concrete. THIS IS ABOUSTLY ABSURD! The statements posted above in the Westword are far from accurate and yet another sad attempt by the Boulder Police Department to try and persuade the public opinions of this gentleman. The readers of this article need to be wary of the false accusations that are being brought upon this man and hear every side to the argument before you pass your judgments.

Makena Carpenter
Makena Carpenter

I hate how the police think they can use their "power" to undermine the true events that occurred that night. In this situation, the police are desperately trying to cover their tracks for the excessive police brutally that occurred that evening. I witnessed Szycher formally giving himself up for arrest, when multiple officers kicked him to the ground and repeatedly bashed his head into the concrete. THIS IS ABOUSTLY ABSURD! The statements posted above in the Westword are far from accurate and yet another sad attempt by the Boulder Police Department to try and persuade the public opinions of this gentleman. The readers of this article need to be wary of the false accusations that are being brought upon this man and hear every side to the argument before you pass your judgments.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Benjamin Szycher seems to think that the organs of government in Boulder routinely violate citizens' First Amendment rights.  However true that may be, his appreciation of how to elicit the authorities' suppression of free speech so as to provide the basis for successful litigation to stop them is somewhat lacking.  Seth Brigham came much closer before his meltdown.  May others with subtler methods and understanding of fascism prevail.

rockiesfever
rockiesfever

welcome to boulder. i live amongst these bizarre  happenings. be grateful you only have to read about it

Snuffalupagus
Snuffalupagus

He sure seems to love the pejorative "nigger",  doesn't he? I wonder if he'll be tossing that term off so lightly when he's housed with giant hardcore homeboys in the Boulder County lockup (if there ARE any homeboys in lilly white Boulder County lockup!!) ? Doesn't exactly look like AB material, so I have a feeling the closest he'll come is, "Yes, sir, I shall immediately grab my ankles for you, giant black man." Lotsa luck with your bending over, there, broseph.

Cops_lie
Cops_lie

Don't be so quick to judge: In every case where I've been a witness to events later related in a police report, the cops have lied and misrepresented the events to make their behavior seem appropriate.  That's why they don't like you filming them making arrests.

Aaron Wells
Aaron Wells

Another idiot hiding behind the first amendment to justify his stupidity seems to be a lot of those these days

The_Yeti_Knows
The_Yeti_Knows

@Juan_Leg This from the monthy centerfold for Sphincter Magazine.

The_Yeti_Knows
The_Yeti_Knows

@m_kayy who's to say you're not the one spilling over with ripe, steamy horseshit snookems?

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

 @Snuffalupagus genuinely weird.  You seem to imagine that the consequences of the use of the pejorative cited are or should be worse than those of committing assaults -- not even in Boulder!

Now Trending

Denver Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...