While the NYPD is preoccupied with fingerprinting those fake NYPD posters spotted at kiosks across the city recently, the artist behind the subversive campaign is speaking out about his intentions.
Animal New York sat down with "Essam," the 29-year-old art schol graduate from Maine to discuss the importance of sparking conservation around the NYPD's controversial surveillance programs, specifically around reports the department is experimenting with drones.
Nearly 100 posters, all of which included the message, "NYPD Drones. Protection when you least expect it," were put up over the course of two days.
The artist is an Army veteran who served as a "geo-spatial analyst" in the Iraq War. That experience, he explains, plays a large role in how he carries out the campaign without being noticed by officers.