Monday, July 12, 2010

NYPD Stops and Frisks People Randomly

The New York Times has two must-read articles, "A Few Blocks, 4 Years, 52,000 Police Stops," which was published today, and this op-ed by Bob Hebert published in March, "Watching Certain People." I am not writing on this topic, but I wanted to share this because I am appalled.

The most recent article includes video of police giving tickets for tresspassing to people who visiting relatives or friends in Brownsville, Brooklyn, sometimes before they even they enter the building. Herbert's March op-ed begins:
From 2004 through 2009, in a policy that has gotten completely out of control, New York City police officers stopped people on the street and checked them out nearly three million times, frisking and otherwise humiliating many of them.
Sounds like some parts of old south and the new, creeping to the profiling and crackdown in Baton Rouge, which was approved by its black mayor.

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