Man Who Recorded, Interfered with Arrest is Himself up on Drug Charges






According to documents obtained by the Valley Patriot, the man involved in videotaping police officers and walking between police and suspects during a a drug arrest, (see initial story below) is himself on charges for drugs.

Initially, identified as Jay Carattz by an on line “news” blog the Bay State Examiner,  police reports show the man’s name is John Carattini and was arrested on drug charges in 2013. The bay State Examiner has since updated their story with Carattini’s real name.

A police report from July of 2013 shows that Lawrence Police, following up on an investigation into a previous armed robbery and shooting at a home on Bennett Street, executed a another search warrant to find John Carattini and others in the home with heroin, scales and drug packaging paraphernalia.

Carattini has been hailed in social media blogs as a first amendment hero who was targeted by police for filming them during an arrest. Police officers, however, say that Carattini could have been hurt during the incident and that Carattini walking between them and the suspects they were arresting put everyone on the scene at risk. Police say that Carattini’s cell phone was initially confiscated to make sure one of the victim/witnesses were not shown on the video for their own safety, and returned the phone to Carattini.


April 18, 2015


The actions of a Lawrence police officer during a drug arrest have gone viral on the internet, gaining the attention of anti police activists and news organizations hostile to law enforcement like the Bay State Examiner.

At issue (seen above) is a Lawrence man who decided walk in between police officers and the suspects being arrested on drug charges. The man, identified by the Examiner as Jay Carattz, recorded the incident which lead to one of the Lawrence police officers confiscating his phone and detained him for interfering with a police investigation.

Acting Lawrence Police Chief James Fitzpatrick addressed the issue in a press release saying that both Mr. Carattz and the officer could have shown better judgement, but that Carattz should not have interfered with police officers while performing their duties.

“On Wednesday, Lawrence Police Officers were arresting multiple drug suspects when a citizen walked through the arrest scene, between the suspects and the officers, with an active video camera. That citizen was detained by the officers.”

“Having viewed the video, which was posted to social media it appears that both parties – the citizen and police officers –should have used a different approach. No one, for their own safety, should walk between police officers and suspects during an arrest, and police officers should always conduct themselves in a courteous manner, regardless of how high emotions may run during arrests.”

Fitzpatrick also stated that an internal police investigation is being conducted and he will await the results of that investigation.

“The proliferation of cameras, both fixed and mobile, in this day and age means that the actions of police officers and criminal suspects alike are subject to the greater levels of scrutiny than ever before in history. As a police chief, I welcome scrutiny because it will result in better policing and better police officers.”

“Citizens have the right to film police officers performing their duties, and I have issued a general order to every member of the Lawrence Police Department reminding them of this right. A full and thorough investigation is underway by the Lawrence Police Department Professional Standards Unit.”

The chief said he welcomes the input of the community on this matter.

20 Responses to "Man Who Recorded, Interfered with Arrest is Himself up on Drug Charges"

  1. David   April 19, 2015 at 7:19 AM

    The citizen who put himself into that situation,used poor judgment!

    • joe   April 19, 2015 at 12:21 PM

      And the cop acted like an asshole

      • Joe Friday   April 19, 2015 at 12:44 PM

        If this isn’t a solid case for interfering with an investigation I don’t know what is. So the cop is supposed to let this jerk video tape an informant giving up other street thugs?! The officer did nothing unconstitutional.

        • Brian lapointe   April 21, 2015 at 11:05 AM

          How is it an investigation when the paper says its an arrest just a thought and its called a public sidewalk for a reason its not for official use only

  2. Jay   April 19, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    to have multiple family members that are police officers and has a father who was a Lawrence police officer. Why would a kid that comes from a background full of police officers go and interfere in a possible arrest? I would have assumed that someone that has a father who was A Lawrence cop know more of what not to do. This kid went intentionally to disturb the scene, tape it in hopes of getting slammed so he can cry brutality. I heard the kid is awaiting trial for gun possession. Could this be true? The father was arrested for taking drug dealers money. is it true? The cops were rough, true. But this kid was wrong too.

    • Christine   April 24, 2015 at 8:23 AM

      Because you’re a thug and that’s what thugs do.

  3. Brian lapointe   April 19, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Maybe if the cops would have not taken up the whole damn sidewalk everyday law abiding citizens could walk by and go on with there business. I’m suppressed they didn’t try to plant a gun on him or drugs. Hey Jay I guess the arresting officers name is David

  4. joe   April 19, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    First of all I watched that video 10 times and not once did I see any arrest being made I see the officer leaning up against a truck with his arms if it was such a dangerous situation way was the police officer being unprofessional bye leaving his partners side..them saying he interfered with an arrest is bullshit there just covering there ass..

  5. Er   April 19, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    Wasn’t the cop just leaning in an SUV with his hands crossed. Not sure he was doing much of anything at that time. If he interfered with anything, it was the cop disregarding professionalism.

  6. Dominyc   April 19, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    I don’t agree with how the officer handled it, but at the same time he shouldn’t have walked between the officers and the suspects. A bunch of things could’ve gone wrong.

  7. Tom Duggan   April 19, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    I got an email from this clowns girlfriend berating me for getting the date of the incident wrong …. which is more than bizarre since I never mentioned the date of the incident. Here’s what she wrote…. this should tell you all you need to know about these two….

    Ashley Carattini
    “Just to let you know that your article about jay carattini has all false information. You might want to check your sources before printing bullshit. I honestly thought The Valley Patriot had great stories but now I see that thats all you write are stories, false information and bullshit You claim on the Bay State Examiner that its not news, so then why write a bullshit story about it?”

    *When I wrote back asking her explain what we “got wrong” I got THIS response

    Ashley Carattini
    “I wouldn’t tell you shit because you are nothing but a cop apologist. You cant even get the date correct lmao your a great writer”

    SIDE NOTE: the only “date” mentioned in this article was at the beginning in a quote from the chief of police. Not that it matters to those who have to lie and attack others to protect whatever narrative they have cooked up to protect someone from the consequences of his own poor judgement.

    • Christine   April 24, 2015 at 7:44 AM

      Typical response from someone talks too much shit but can’t back it up.

  8. Tom Duggan   April 19, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    But don’t worry ASHLEY! At your urging I am now doing an investigation into this incident myself. I should have Jay’s arrest record shortly and then I can report with the depth and detail you suggest.

    Confucius was a wise man.

    • Brian lapointe   April 21, 2015 at 11:08 AM

      So how’s that working for you lol. The past has nothing to do with the present

  9. Jose   April 19, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    For all we know the guy doing the recording was probably working with the guys be interested in wanting to identify the police who were doing the arresting so he definitely use poor judgment

  10. JT   April 20, 2015 at 6:28 AM

    Don’t get mad at the kid for filming. If he wasn’t suppose to video and or walk down the street, why would they allow him?

    Also, conducting an arrest huh? Oh, leaning against an suv with your arms folded seems like an arrest.

    I get it, folks who video are antagonistic. But that’s why we live in America…

  11. ron bellanti   April 20, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Anyone who interferes with a police officer while the officer is making an arrest or questioning a suspect is a fucking moron. In a criminal cesspool like Lawrence (where there is no respect for the law from these lower life forms) the officers have to worry about some scumbag running up on them and attacking them from behind. The police don’t know if the guy with the camera is just an asshole…or an asshole with a gun or a knife. The ONLY reason why these people are out there doing this shit is they are hoping they antagonize the cop so they can so the officer in a bad light. PERIOD! Forget the cops for a second, how about the safety of the ass clown with the camera? The cops also have to worry about this douche bag if the suspect chooses to pull a weapon. Forget about Mr. Ass clown with the camera for a second and ask what is going to happen when the cops are filmed speaking to an informant and someone kills the informant. What do you think will happen the next time the cops try to speak to someone on the down low? Cops are not always right…but they are the ONLY thing standing between the scum that want to kill your wife, rape your daughter, and rob your mother. All we are doing is making it harder for the police to do their jobs…and protect us.

    • joe   April 23, 2015 at 5:05 PM

      You just made no sense on anything you said …bunch of nit wit remarks

  12. Brian lapointe   April 20, 2015 at 1:13 PM

    Hey Ron so you are the second officer in the video I bet. Or are you a Renta cop did you look at the video or were you recalling it from memory. And if a cop is questions a informant on the street like that cop should be removed from duty because putting an informants life in danger. And as far a Lawrence being second class people dude come on take that silver spoon your parents feed you with out of you mouth and stick it straight up your ass

  13. Jay   April 21, 2015 at 1:34 AM

    Maybe the officer should have stopped him before he walked through other then just sitting there watching and told him to go around