Bloomberg & the NYPD are violating the constitutional rights of New Yorkers.

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February 14, 2012 — The NYPD stopped and interrogated people 684,330 times in 2011, by far the highest total since the Police Department began collecting data on its troubling stop-and-frisk program in 2002. This represents a 603 percent increase in stop-and-frisks since that year, the first year of the Bloomberg administration, when there were only 97,296 stops.

“Last year (2011) alone, the NYPD stopped enough totally innocent New Yorkers to fill Madison Square Garden more than 30 times over,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said. “It is not a crime to walk down the street in New York City, yet every day innocent black and brown New Yorkers are turned into suspects for doing just that. It is a stunning abuse of power that undermines trust between police and the community.”

Of those subjected to NYPD street stops in 2011, nearly nine out of 10 were completely innocent, meaning they were neither arrested nor issued a summons. About 87 percent were black or Latino.

“Last year alone, the NYPD stopped enough totally innocent New Yorkers to fill Madison Square Garden more than 30 times over,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said. “It is not a crime to walk down the street in New York City, yet every day innocent black and brown New Yorkers are turned into suspects for doing just that. It is a stunning abuse of power that undermines trust between police and the community.”

Under the Bloomberg administration, the NYPD has conducted more than 4.3 million street stops. About 88 percent of those stops – nearly 3.8 million – resulted in no arrest or summons.

“These numbers make clear that illegal stops-and-frisks have become an epidemic in New York City,” said Darius Charney, senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, which is currently litigating Floyd v. City of New York, a federal class action lawsuit challenging the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices. “And the only antidote is meaningful, independent oversight of the Department.”

“I have been stopped, questioned and frisked four times,” said Joseph Midgley, a Picture the Homeless civil rights leader. “Each time I was standing in a public place, committing no crime. Each time, I was asked for an ID, my pockets were searched and I was asked if I had anything illegal on me, which I did not. Each time, the police found nothing illegal, and I was not charged, nor given a ticket. It made me feel profiled, pre-judged and judged. Now that I am homeless, the police harassment has only gotten worse. This form of discriminatory policing is an outrage and should be stopped now.”

According to the NYCLU’s analysis of NYPD stop-and-frisk data, each year for the past eight years, four out of the five precincts with the most stops are predominantly black or Latino. The precincts with the fewest stops are predominantly white or Asian.

The new 2011 figures represent a 14 percent increase over 2010, when police officers stopped New Yorkers 601,285 times.

“These new numbers about the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy confirm that the program has not met its objectives and sparks distrust of law enforcement in communities of color,” said Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer. “If the goal is to get guns off the street, the program’s failure to find guns in 99.9 percent of all cases speaks for itself. If the goal is to make arrests, the lack of an arrest in 94 percent of all cases is equally troubling. Last year nearly 700,000 stops were conducted, the most ever, and 85 percent of those were of black or Latino New Yorkers. It’s time for us to work with communities to get guns off the street, not against them. The NYPD can’t hope to build bridges if it keeps burning them.”

“Stop, question and frisk may be an acceptable policing tool, but in the hands of the NYPD, it has become an unacceptable policing policy,” said New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams. “It interferes with the good work displayed by many of the department’s officers, and puts innocent New Yorkers at risk. Almost nine out of every ten who are stopped are guilty of no crime whatsoever. No other city agency would be permitted to continue a policy with such a high rate of failure, especially when one factors in the indignity suffered by hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers every year.”

“The National Action Network has expressed concern over the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices because the tactic inevitably leads to racial profiling and illegal stops, and unfairly targets innocent blacks and other minorities without proper cause,” said Michael Hardy, executive vice president and general counsel of National Action Network. “Racially biased policing infringes upon our constitutional rights and NAN will continue to voice concern over the rising number of stop-and-frisks in New York City.”

Why Is the N.Y.P.D. After Me?
“Nicholas K. Peart, 23, has been stopped and frisked by New York City police officers at least five times.
WHEN I was 14, my mother told me not to panic if a police officer stopped me. And she cautioned me to carry ID and never run away from the police or I could be shot. In the nine years since my mother gave me this advice, I have had numerous occasions to consider her wisdom.”

SOME VIDEOS ABOUT “STOP AND FRISK”. You can find many more on Youtube.

(“Stop and Frisk” in Brownsville, Brooklyn – New York Times.)

(A federal judge in an 86-page decision ruled that a lawsuit by several plaintiffs raises serious questions about quotas, racial profiling, and constitutional rights that should be heard by a jury:
Despite attempts to have it thrown out, the Center for Constitutional Rights’ lawsuit accusing the NYPD of “stop and frisk” racial profiling will proceed. Yesterday Judge Shira A. Scheindlin ruled that there was enough evidence, stating, “This case presents an issue of great public concern… the disproportionate number of African-Americans and Latinos who become entangled in our criminal justice system, as compared to Caucasians.”)

(Stapleton Projects ((75 Hill Street)). Staten Island, New York 103304. Police are stopping and frisking Black men in the Stapleton Projects for absolutely not reason at all!! This was a: “You fit the description” Stop and Frisk.)

(On this day (1/11/2012) I observed 2 NYPD officers make a U-turn to Stop and Frisk two teens that were about to buy food from a local corner store.)

(NYPD stop and frisk, search the car of 2 men in Harlem. July 30th 2011.
Joseph “Jazz” Hayden films the incident and questions the officers as to why they are searching the man’s vehicle. The officers point their flashlights at the camera the majority of the video to hide their faces.
After the stop, the two men who were stopped and searched gave an interview to about how they felt racially profiled and would be filing a complaint with the Civilian Complaint Review Board against the officers.)

(Stop “Stop and Frisk” – Protest in Jamaica, Queens, NYC – Third Rally.
People in NYC are voluntarily getting arrested by engaging in non-violent civil disobedience to stop the illegal NYPD “Stop and Frisk” policy.
THIRD RALLY: November 19, 2011 – march to 103rd Precinct in Jamaica. There were 20 arrests.)

(Stop “Stop & Frisk” demonstration in Harlem, NYC – October 21st, 2011
Police arrested several people, including Dr. Cornel West, popular academic and author and Carl Dix.)

(The Stop Mass Incarceration Network organized a rally, march and civil disobedience protest in the Brownsville area of Brooklyn, NY on November 1 in protest of the NYPD’s use of “stop and frisk.” 28 people committed civil disobedience at the notorious 73rd precinct and were arrested. Two of the arrestees are shown here speaking at the rally preceding the march to the precinct. Many of the arrestees joined Stop Mass Incarceration from Occupy Wall Street.)

(John Hector talks about his experience with stop and frisk at an Occupy Wall Street-affiliated march in New York.)

(NYPD cops stopped Jateik Reed, a 19 year old Bronx teen and allegedly found a small amount of narcotics in his pocket.)

(NYPD’s Stop and Frisk program targets Blacks and Latinos and is nothing more than modern day slavery. Corporations have invested billions of dollars in the American prison industry and NYPD is making sure each and every cell is occupied so they can reap record profits at the expense of tax payers.)
NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman says, “Stop and Frisk” is racial profiling wich is illegal and unconstitutional.

(Federal prosecutors have accused a New York City police officer of falsely arresting a black man based on race.
A criminal complaint unsealed Monday in Brooklyn alleges that Michael Daragjati stopped and frisked the man in April on Staten Island without proper cause.
The complaint says that when the man complained, the officer arrested him and filed a false report saying he had resisted arrest.)

(Democratic Councilmember Jumaane Williams and Kirsten John Foy, the community affairs director for the City Public Advocate, both 35 and African-American, say that their treatment indicates that many people like them are treated the same or worse by police.
They were taken down, handcuffed and kept in police custody for no apparent reason during the West Indian Day Parade on Labor Day.
“If I did not look the way I look, a black man with dreadlocks and earrings, with another young black male… if we were elected officials of a different persuasion, we are sure things would have been handled differently,” Williams said at a news conference on the steps of City Hall.)

More information about “Stop and Frisk” on the website of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU).

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is one of the nation’s foremost defenders of civil liberties and civil rights.
Founded in 1951 as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, we are a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with eight chapters and regional offices and nearly 50,000 members across the state.
Our mission is to defend and promote the fundamental principles and values embodied in the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution, and the New York Constitution, including freedom of speech and religion, and the right to privacy, equality and due process of law for all New Yorkers.

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