Threatened With Arrest “For Being A F**king Mutt” (Outrageous Video)

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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Photo Credit: screenshot from Youtube video


Don Cordell
Donald Cordell5 years ago

I believe Mayor Bloomberg should be in prison, or dead. We no longer have Justice in America, why? It starts from every police force in our nation, that we no longer have a Bill of Rights until you elect Don Cordell for President. I'll Restore not Change America. I as a White young man in Los Angeles from 1945 to 1949 was stopped, questioned, held for 3 days in jail and never ever guilty of any crime other than insisting I had Rights. It was illegal to walk after dark in Los Angeles I guess. It got to a point in 1949 I was ready to buy a gun, and kill the next cop that stopped me. Instead I bought a car for $300, and was never stopped again for driving after dark. LA cops shoot to kill, and then ask questions. This has to stop in America. When I become your next president, this will stop "or else".

katarzyna phillips

as i said in the similar story about gang and the war on drugs; i'm from the uk and i know it's not perfect, but we have an independent police complaints commission or ipcc and an officer can be complained about and the ipcc HAVE to do an investigation. they also have the power to take things further in terms of proceedings against the individual officer if necessary. that way, we know police officers can't abuse their power. the video says it all and i think a new york version of the ipcc NEEDS to happen, before officers 'get what's coming' and someone shoots and kills them out of retaliation. and you know it could happen!

Cathy C.
Cathy C5 years ago

So, he looks suspicious because he's A: latino or black looking, B: wears a wife beater, hat and camo pants, and C: is a young male on the sidewalk.

Yeah, those are some really dangerous behaviours right there. Snort.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago

just wow. I doubt this is an isolated incident. police officers are supposed to diffuse a bad situation. these officers are simply adding fuel to a fire that they started. crazy

Sheri D.
Sheri D5 years ago

Thanks for taping this and bringing to to the news.

Kate Bates
Kathleen B5 years ago

There is no doubt police corruption, always has been & probably always will be. But this new attitude of "us against them" has placed all US citizens at risk. There is a definite need for oversight, not only of the beat cops but their supervisors & higher ups.
Political appointments to leadership roles in the police dept. need to be a thing of the past, it is an anachronism.

Lynn C.
Lynn C5 years ago

Thanks for keeping the police harassment issues in the news.

Joan S.
Joan S5 years ago

No way would I ever want to be 'the police" I know it's a hard job but as a country we need to get over this distrust for people of color and learn other ways of identifying the "Bad Guy"

Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago


Berny p.
berny p5 years ago

Dealing with crime is not easy especially when you see the way some ...people?????/ act!