I’ve blogged about the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy on occasion (check the links at the end of this post). As I’ve stated quite plainly in the past, the NYPD’s (New York City Police Department) stop-and-frisk policy is not only unconstitutional, it’s blatantly racist, and problematic. No need for me to rehash and submit arguments to support my opinion. Instead, I’ll let the evidence produced so far since the start of the policy being on trial speak for itself. Case in point, did you happen to catch the testimony of one of New York’s finest yesterday? Oh, don’t feel bad, the mainstream media isn’t exactly giving the trial much coverage (but hey, perhaps that’s a good reason to bookmark this website). But anyway, check out the following from David Floyd, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit against the NYPD. Of course some of you may think Floyd is just another complaining Negro, and I get it. If you’re not a person of color, quite naturally, the color of your skin affords you the privilege to dismiss his claim as such. But hey, shit is real out’chea for black and brown folks. But don’t tell that to the people who refuse to believe that stop-and-frisk is racist and not just a New York City problem.
Meet David Floyd, thanks to colorlines.com:
A New York police officer testified Wednesday that he taunted a 13-year-old African-American during one of the department’s numerous and controversial “stop and frisk” encounters, in testimony given amid a class action lawsuit hoping to prove the policy’s racial bias.
Officer Brian Dennis said on the stand Wednesday that he told a handcuffed teen, Devin Almonor, to “stop crying like a little girl,” according to The Associated Press. He backtracked during cross-examination, saying he didn’t feel the comment was appropriate in retrospect.
The stop happened in March 2010, as Almonor was walking home. Police claimed he was with a group that was making too much noise, and when they confronted him he reached for his waistband. Even though he was not armed and police had no evidence that he did anything wrong, that was all it took to get Almonor handcuffed and tossed into a cell for six hours, according toThe New York Daily News.
A judge approved a class action lawsuit over the department’s “stop and frisk” policy afterpolice data revealed a vast racial disparity in who gets stopped and who gets charged. Although overall crime is down dramatically in recent years, even as stop and frisk searches have soared more than 600 percent since Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office, a full 50 percent of the people subjected to the stops between 2004 and 2009 were black, and another 30 percent were Latino.
Other officers who have testified in the trial said that many stops were motivated by the department’s use of quotas for arrests and citations, which were supposedly banned. The quotas led to some officers fabricating charges and making false arrests, just to avoid disciplinary action.
Now watch the following to understand that this isn’t just a New York City problem: