Saturday, June 22, 2013. New York City – Rockaway residents, community groups and stop and frisk activists from the different boroughs marched from the Edgemere housing buildings on Beach 57th St and Beach Channel Drive to Mott Ave in Far Rockaway, Queens.
On Mott Ave (in front of the Far Rockaway public library), they had a rally to say no more to racial profiling. Protesters demanded the community, and the youth in particular, stop being treated as criminals.
On their Facebook event page they say, “More than six months after hurricane Sandy the Far Rockaway community is seeing a resurgence of the familiar police tactics that were the norm before the disaster. The 101st police precinct, which covers the eastern end of the Rockaways, has some of the highest rates of stop and frisks in Queens and in the City, according to the most recent NYCLU data.
As the Rockaways look to rebuild and build back better equipped to deal with natural disasters, we will resist the social and political disaster bestowed down to communities of color by Mayor Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Kelly. The status quo of racial profiling as policy for the NYPD is not tenable, legal or just. The community needs economic and social investment, not a police state.”