On Friday, February 3, 2012, New yorkers rallied in Foley Square and marched to 1 Police Plaza to demand the Resignation of New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and NYPD spokesperson Paul Browne. They also demand for community control of the NYPD, and a well-funded oversight mechanism with subpoena power.
The NYPD has been exposed for participating in the making of, and the showing of a Islamophobic film, “The Third Jihad” to 1,500 police officers, and then repeatedly lying about it. The NYPD has been spying on Muslim communities in mosques, schools, businesses, colleges, and community centers in the five boroughs of New York City.
El Viernes, 3 de Febrero, 2012, New Yorkinos se reunieron en Foley Square y marcharon a 1 Police Plaza para demandar la resignación del Comisionado del Departamento de policía de la Ciudad de Nueva York Raymond Kelly y Paul Browne, portavoz del NYPD. También demandan que la comunidad tenga control sobre el departamento de policía y un buen mecanismo de supervisión con poder de citación.
El departamento de policía envió agentes encubiertos a las escuelas, tiendas, restaurantes y otros lugares que la comunidad Musulmana frecuenta y con la información, crearon una base de datos. También se descubrió un programa secreto de la policía para espiar en las Mezquitas Shiitas.
Los manifestantes dijeron que la reunión y marcha también era por el acoso hacia la comunidad de la raza Negra y Latina. De acuerdo a los propios reportes de la policía de Nueva York, entre el 2004 y 2011, 4 millones de personas fueron paradas e interrogadas. La gran mayoría fueron de la raza negra y Latinos. 9 de 10 fueron totalmente inocentes.
According to The Hunffinton Post, “The AP investigation revealed that the NYPD built databases of everyday life in Muslim neighborhoods, cataloging where people bought their groceries, ate dinner and prayed. Plainclothes officers known as “rakers” were dispatched into ethnic communities, where they eavesdropped on conversations and wrote daily reports on what they heard, often without any allegation of criminal wrongdoing.”
New revelations have emerged about the New York City Police Department’s secret program to spy on Muslim communities. The Associated Press has just uncovered a confidential NYPD plan from 2006 to engage in targeted surveillance of Shiite mosques.
The NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly participated in a hate video against the Muslim community. He said, he didn’t participate but then he said, he did. The NYPD spokesperson Paul Browne, was lying about it, as well.
Protesters said, the rally and march was not only about Muslims but Blacks and Latinos, as well. An analysis by the NYCLU revealed that more than 4 million innocent New Yorkers were subjected to police stops and street interrogations from 2004 through 2011, and that black and Latino communities continue to be the overwhelming target of these tactics. Nearly nine out of 10 stopped-and-frisked New Yorkers have been completely innocent, according to the NYPD’s own reports.
“Details continue to emerge on the NYPD’s constitutionally dubious program of ethnic and religious profiling of the Muslim community. “We view these latest programs…that are focused on Muslim New Yorkers, as being directly related to NYPD… intelligence programs of the past: The Red squads of the 1950’s and 60’s,” says Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid. “They are focusing on our religious community.” Is this the new COINTELPRO?”_Democracy Now
“A new investigation by the Associated Press reveals how, after the attacks of September 11, 2001, the New York City Police Department decided it could no longer trust other agencies to prevent terrorism and started expanding its own intelligence gathering. In the process, it became “one of the nation’s most aggressive domestic intelligence agencies,” targeting ethnic communities in ways that would run afoul of civil liberties rules if practiced by the federal government. The report, titled “With CIA Help, NYPD Moves Covertly in Muslim Areas,” also finds that these operations “benefited from unprecedented help from the CIA, a partnership that has blurred the line between foreign and domestic spying.” The report details how police used informants, known as “mosque crawlers,” to monitor sermons, even without any evidence of wrongdoing. Also falling under NYPD’s scrutiny were imams, taxi cab drivers and food cart vendors — jobs often done by Muslims. We speak with Matt Apuzzo, co-author of the Associated Press investigative report, and get response from Gadeir Abbas, staff attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.”_Democracy Now
The NLG publishes Arabic “Know Your Rights” booklet.
According to their website, “In response to the ongoing unwarranted surveillance of Muslim and Arab Americans by local and federal law enforcement agencies, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) has published its essential “Know Your Rights” booklet in Arabic.”
New York Times – Officer Fatally Shoots Teenager in Bronx by MATT FLEGENHEIMER and AL BAKER.
“The shooting of Mr. Graham was the third time in a week that a member of the Police Department had killed a suspect. On Jan. 26, an off-duty police lieutenant shot a 22-year-old carjacking suspect in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn. And on Sunday, an off-duty detective shot a 17-year-old in Bushwick, Brooklyn.”
There is a URGENT Call to Action: Rally for Jatiek Reed and Rahmarley Graham. Time: 3:30pm until 6:00pm.
Occupy the Bronx, the organizers say, “The beating of Jatiek Reed and the murder of Rahmarley Graham (read the NYT article above) are just two more examples of Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly’s failed policy of harassing, incarcerating and murdering our Black and Latino youth and we, the community must stop them.
Enough Police Brutality in our communities! We demand justuce for Jatiek, Rahmarley, and all victims of police violence! It is time to fight back!
This march will be after the press conference from the two families and Assemblymen Erick Stevenson.”
If you want to support them, this is the address:
3rd ave between 161st and 163rd Street, Bronx NY.
Time: 3:30pm until 6:00pm.
2 or 5 Train to Prospect Ave
BX 15, BX 13, BX 21, BX 55, TO 161ST OR BX 6 TO 3rd ave
More info: (347) 974-0029
National Lawyers Guild legal observers were at the rally and march today.