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Stop and Frisk Audio

Nickie Phillips

This video is not new, but in light of the recent federal appeals court case that removed Judge Shira Scheindlin from the case effectively halting her orders for stop and frisk reforms, it is a reminder of the accumulating evidence that stop and frisk–as it is currently enforced–is blatantly unconstitutional. 

As The Nation reports,

Alvin’s treatment at the hands of the officers may be disturbing but it is not uncommon. According to their own stop-and-frisk data, the NYPD stops more than 1,800 New Yorkers a day....

...The audio also betrays the seeming arbitrariness of stops and the failure of some police officers to fully comprehend or be able to articulate a clear motivation for carrying out a practice they’re asked to repeat on a regular basis.

...NYPD spokespeople have said that stop-and-frisk is necessary to keep crime down and guns off the street. But those assertions are increasingly being contradicted by the department’s own officers, who are beginning to speak out about a pervasive culture of number-chasing.

For the full Nation article, click here.