Testimony, Recordings at Trial Reveal the Racial Biases and Arrest Quotas Behind NYPD’s Stop & Frisk

Democracy Now! / Video Feature
Published: Thursday 4 April 2013
New York City Police Department’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy is being examined in court this month.

A historic trial is underway challenging the New York City Police Department’s controversial “stop-and-frisk” policy as unconstitutional and unfairly targeting people of color. Recent data shows the vast majority of the five million people stopped-and-frisked by the NYPD over the past decade are African American or Latino, with nearly 90 percent were neither ticketed nor arrested. We play secretly recorded police tapes heard in the courtroom and speak to three guests: Sunita Patel, a staff attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights and co-counsel on the stop & Frisk federal class action lawsuit; Nicholas Peart, a Harlem resident who testified last month about his multiple experiences being stopped-and-frisked; and Ryan Devereaux, a journalist covering the trial for The Guardian and The Nation.



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