Stop-and-Frisk


STOP! FRISK!

Good God Y’all.

What is it good for?

Absolutely NOTHING!

Say it again.

            The New York Civil Liberties Union NYCLU) has revealed a shocking report that contradicts the NYPD’s claim that the aggressive street initiative notoriously known as ‘Stop-and-Frick’ has deterred and reduced violent crimes and homicides in which guns where used. These street level police interrogations conducted by New York’s Finest has not removed guns off the streets of NY, I should say in the African-American (Black) and Hispanic communities, in fact it produce nothing but resentment and hostility. Let’s take a look at the so-called initiative.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Since 2002, in its inception, there were over 4 million of these interrogations conducted by the New York Police Department with Black and Hispanic communities being there main targets. This resulted in 90 percent of those that were stopped as being innocent of any wrong doing or potential wrong doing.

            In 2012, total New Yorkers that were stopped by police were 533,042

  • 473,300 were totally innocent equaling 89 percent.
  • 286,684 were Black equaling 55 percent
  • 166,212 were Hispanic/Latino equaling 32 percent
  • 50,615 were white equaling 10 percent

Whenever a police officer in NYC stops a person that officer is required to fill out a detailed form to record the reason for the stop. The Stop-and-Frisk data is recorded as a paper report produced quarterly and an electronic database annual report.

The Stop-and-Frisk practices of the NYPD has raise some serious questions of racial profiling and guerilla tactics that managed to estrange the citizens of these aforementioned communities from the police; who are hired to serve and protect them.

I urge you to read this full report about the Stop-and-Frisk program and get your own understanding. I also urge you all to read ‘What To Do If You’re Stopped By The Police’ that is provided by the NYCLU. Had the young boys, known as the ‘Central Park Five’, and their parents had known this they would have never been arrested.

NYCLU

www.NYCLU.org

Palm Card (What To Do)

http://www.nyclu.org/files/publications/nyclu_pub_police_card_english_0.pdf

Central Park Five – Documentary

http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/centralparkfive/

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