Stop and Frisk

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

This video includes a surreptitious recording of a stop and frisk in New York. It also includes interviews with NYPD cops who say that what you’re hearing isn’t atypical.

The phrase “police state” is overused. But if you can’t merely walk on the sidewalk in your own neighborhood without enduring this kind of harassment on a regular basis, I don’t know of any term that’s more appropriate.

More information on the video here.


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57 Responses to “Stop and Frisk”

  1. #1 |  Dylboz | 

    The term “police state” cannot be over-used, any more than the word “reality” can be overused. The former describes the latter. In other words, you’re soaking in it.

  2. #2 |  DPirate | 

    I think police, generally, in cases where interaction escalates to violence, are victims of their own moral cowardice. They know very well, intellectually, that the behavior is wrong, yet do it anyway as a result of stress created by the disconnect between what is right and what they feel they must do in their job.

  3. #3 |  Nancy Lebovitz | 

    The police who objected to stop-and-frisk seemed to be emotionally revolted by it. It wasn’t a theory of rights or extreme devotion to the constitution, it was that they weren’t temperamentally bullies and possibly that they wanted to do something useful or at least harmless in their jobs.

  4. #4 |  Z | 

    #49- Mayor Bloomberg wouldn’t be stopped. Nor would any “white” well groomed person 30 or over.

  5. #5 |  oscar | 

    The actor from Breaking Bad was stopped and frisked recently and it made news. Of course he is a minority so no big deal, nothing to see here, move along.

  6. #6 |  Nancy Lebovitz | 

    From the Fring article: The NYCLU has made an app for recording encounters with the police.

  7. #7 |  demize! | 

    Ray Kelly is a bull necked thug always has been he works for an effette megalomaniac with delusions of grandeur. This is the Quasi-Fascist Giuliani with a slightly less direct rhetoric, the policy remains unchanged. @Jamie experience isn’t atypical for working class whites who live in mixes or non white neighborhoods. The cops “know” you’re buying drugs and their is nothing you can do or say to dissuade them from this notion.