That’s what 17-year-old Alvin, from Harlem, heard from two New York City cops when they stopped and frisked him on June 11, 2011.
What they didn’t know was that Alvin was secretly recording the interaction on his cell phone, and the resulting audio is one of the only known recordings of stop-and-frisk in action.
Last year the New York police department (NYPD) stopped about to 700,000 people on the city’s streets, an all-time record. According to this video, 87% of those stopped were African American or Latino, as with every year over the past decade, and nine out of 10 suspects had committed no crime.
Critics have complained that the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy is racially biased, and this audio provides the proof.
The Nation obtained the audio and has incorporated it into a video that reveals the brutal, discriminatory and unprofessional way that the stop, question and frisk policy is carried out by the NYPD.
Watch this video: it will break your heart and make you furious. And be thankful that beginning yesterday, New York city lawmakers are holding hearings on whether to appoint an inspector general to monitor the police department.
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