Tuesday, March 19th, 2013. New York City – After the killing of 16 years old teenager, Kimani “Kiki” Gray, I went to the East Flatbush area and I spoke with some of the residents. They don’t trust the police. They do not see an officer as somebody who is in the community to protect them. They say, police officers stop, question, search and sometimes arrest people for not reason, specially young men while they are going to school, church, to the store, etc.
A father told me that he has two teens. They are “good kids”, he said. He added, “they go to school, they come home.” They have been stopped, questioned and searched by NYPD officers. He doesn’t want the police to do that anymore. He doesn’t feel his children are safe around NYPD agents.
On Thursday, March 14, 2013, the NYPD was set to record its 5 millionth stop-and-frisk encounter under Mayor Bloomberg, according to an analysis by the New York Civil Liberties Union based on an extrapolation of Police Department data.
About 4.4 million of the stop-and-frisk encounters, or 88 percent, were of innocent people as they did not result in an arrest or summons. More than 86 percent of people stopped were black or Latino.
On Tuesday, January 8, 2013, Judge Shira A. Scheindlin found NYPD routinely makes unconstitutional street stops outside Clean Halls buildings across the Bronx and must immediately end this unconstitutional practice.
“This disturbing milestone is a slap in the face to New Yorkers who cherish the right to walk down the street without being interrogated or even thrown up against the wall by the police,” said NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman. “The NYPD’s routine abuse of stop-and-frisks is a tremendous waste of police resources, it sows mistrust between officers and the communities they serve, and it routinely violates fundamental rights. A walk to the subway, corner deli or school should not carry the assumption that you will be confronted by police, but that’s the disturbing reality for young men of color in New York City.”
NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman also said, “Contrary to the mayor and police commissioner’s assertions, the massive spike in the number of stops has done little to remove firearms from the streets. Instead, it has violated the constitutional rights of millions of people and corroded the ability of communities of color to trust and respect the police.”
Opponents of “Stop and Frisk” demand that NYC Mayor Bloomberg put an end to this program. The NYC Mayor has said, he will not end it.
After more than a decade of stopping and frisking literally millions of New Yorkers, the tables have been turned and the NYPD will have to account for its actions.
On Monday, March 18th, 2013, the NYPD was put on trial. The courtroom was packed and the overflow room was, well, overflowing. So much so that the court had to set up a second overflow room to accommodate the hundreds of New Yorkers who came down to the federal courthouse to see for themselves this day when the NYPD went on trial. “This trial is 14 years in the making,” said CCR’s Darius Charney, the lead attorney in the case, during his opening statement. “Plaintiffs are seeking at long last to hold the NYPD accountable” for years of illegal stops and frisks.
The trial “Floyd et al. v. the City of New York” will run Monday through Friday each week starting March 18, except for the week of March 25, when it will begin on Wednesday, March 27 and end at noon that Friday, March 29. Also trial will not be held on April 11 and 12th. Trial will last about five – six weeks.
“Audio obtained by The Nation confirms an instance of New York City’s police union cooperating with the NYPD in setting arrest quotas for the department’s officers. According to some officers and critics of quotas, the practice has played a direct role in increasing the number of stop-and-frisk encounters since Mayor Michael Bloomberg came to office. Patrolmen who spoke to The Nation explained that the pressure from superiors to meet quota goals has caused some officers to seek out or even manufacture arrests to avoid department retaliation.”
On Wednesday, June 6th, 2012, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) unveiled “Stop and Frisk Watch” – a free and innovative application that will empower New Yorkers to monitor police activity and hold the NYPD accountable for unlawful stop-and-frisk encounters and other police misconduct.
“NYPD officer Adhyl Polanco takes the stand in defense of the Constitution and against Mayor Bloomberg’s and Raymond Kelly’s Stop and Frisk program.”
“A compilation of news segments and video clips detailing the history of stop and frisk.”