Examples of Stop and Search:
“One case involves middle-aged gay men at adult bookstores. The other concerns black and Latino teenagers on their way to a wake. One centers around Manhattan, the other in Bushwick.
Both cases, however, involve false arrests and possible abuses of police power. And in the two instances the police and district attorney have had to retreat from their original stands, although many questions and concerns remain.”
Fast Forward To Bushwick:
“Two years ago, police arrested a group of 32 young people of color on their way to the subway in Bushwick to attend a friend’s wake. At the time, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes defended the arrests. The young people ‘were not just walking on one car, they were trampling on all sorts of cars,’ Hynes said at the time. ‘It was almost as if they were inviting arrest.’ Kelly also reportedly said the kids were yelling, blocking traffic and climbing on cars….
…Bob Herbert, columnist for the New York Times who drew attention to the case in his column, soon cast doubt on the police statements, speaking with witnesses who completely disputed the police account. “
Two years later, NYPD admits to no wrongdoing, but strangely enough, the charges against these young men were dropped. In addition, sixteen of the young people sued the City of New York in which there settlement were reached in April between $9,000 and $23,000 each.
These young people not only had Herbert and witnesses on their side. Some of them were members of Make the Road New York, a civil rights and community empowerment group with bases in Bushwick as well as Queens and Staten Island. It held a press conference to announce the settlements on April 19 outside police headquarters.
Contrary to what many may believe, not everyone stopped and frisked by NYPD or other local and state officials are criminals and/or warrant being searched.
On more than one occasion while shopping with my adult son, I have witnessed NYPD’s attempt to stop and frisk him. At once, I would leave the store, walk up to the officers, ask them if everything is okay, and immediately they would cease their actions wishing us a good day.
The informational card being handed out by the NYPD to pedestrians whom cops stop and frisk explains why people are singled out.
Is there anything on the card about stopping someone because they are black or latino or wearing a tattoo or a yumulke or for being an animal lover?
“The NYPD didn’t answer lawmakers’ questions about its controversial stop-and-frisk policy Thursday, but people who get patted down are getting clarification – on a card.
The department has begun handing out informational cards to people police stop and frisk, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Thursday. The cards, in seven languages, list general reasons why police might deem the encounters necessary.
A Daily News analysis this year showed that the overwhelming majority of people stopped and frisked are quickly let go without even a summons. Kelly said cards can help cops save time while clearing up confusion.
“People are losing time, and we’re taking time away from them,” Kelly told reporters at Police Headquarters. “We’re hoping to give people a little more information about what the procedure is and why it’s being done.”
With the few gains achieved recently over profiling, we find ourselves regressing because DHS has given NYPD carte blanche to continue business as usual. In fact, I predict that there will be a sudden increase in state and local stop and frisk policies throughout the country because the federal government has given their blessings thereby over ruling legislation that would have prohibited it.
See, DHS Unclassified Memo Labels “Alternative Media,” “Black Nationalists,” “Animal Rights Groups” and “Patriots” Domestic Terrorists.