Mother’s Express Outrage and Resist Racist Policing
A Mother’s Outrage: Resist Racist Policing
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Bronx moms rally against NYPD stop-and-frisk policy
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Dozens of Bronx mothers took to the streets to protest the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy.
They say police harassment and misconduct has been going on for too long.
“We want the policy to be changed,” said Lisa Ortega, a Bronx resident. “It’s a policy that’s not protecting children. It’s making them feel unsafe.”
A booklet stating what someone should do if they are stopped by an officer was handed out during today’s protest.
A recent New York Civil Liberties Union report says that blacks and Latinos are disproportionately stopped and frisked by the NYPD.
Donna Lieberman and Christopher Dunn (James Thilman / Gothamist)
A report released yesterday by the
Using the NYPD’s full electronic database on 2011 stop-and-frisk activity—which was obtained by the NYCLU after a
Whenever someone is stopped by police in New York City, the officer is required to fill out a form that records the details of that stop. That information is then manually entered into an electronic database. The activity officers cite as the reason to initiate a stop was a major focus of the report. In 2011, the most frequent reason given was “furtive movement” at 51.3 percent, yet the police continue to justify the disproportionate number of black people stopped because they say blacks are disproportionately involved in violent crime. However, only 10.5 percent of stops cited “violent criminal activity” as the reason for the stop.
The single most common form of force was “hands on suspect” which accounted for about 70 percent of the use of force within the department. “I want to emphasize, however, that the notion that ‘hands on suspect’ is a de minimus form of force is a notion that should not be accepted,” said NYCLU Associate Legal Director Christopher Dunn, “When a police officer puts his of her hands on someone who gets stopped that qualitatively changes the experience.”
Other noteworthy findings in the NYCLU’s report:
- In 70 out of 76 precincts, blacks and Latinos accounted for more than 50 percent of the stops.
- In 10 precincts with black and Latino populations of 14 percent or less (such as the 6th Precinct in Greenwich Village), blacks and Latinos accounted for more than 90 percent of the stops.
- Of the 685,724 stops, 605,328 were of people who had engaged in no unlawful behavior as evidenced by the fact that they were not issued a summons nor arrested.
- The 75th Precinct in East New York had the most stops with 31,100 (27,672 innocent), while the 94th Precinct in Greenpoint had the fewest with 2,023 (1,843 innocent).
- While the NYPD recovered one gun for every 266 stops in 2003, the additional 524,873 stops conducted in 2011 yielded only one gun for every 3,000 people stopped.
Donna Lieberman blasted Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly for the
Raw data cannot provide insight into the crushing emotional and psychological effects put on black and Latino New Yorkers, yet Lieberman suggested the abuse of stop-and-frisk has whole generations of boys and girls growing up afraid of the very people who are supposed to be keeping them safe. “In New York City’s tale of two cities,” she continued, “Moms have to train their teenagers not just to behave, but if they’re parents of color they also have to try to teach them what to do if the police stop them for doing nothing wrong on the way home from school.”
NYCLU 2011 Stop-And-Frisk Report