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Secret Recording Reveals NYPD Ordered Officer to Target Young Black Males for Stop and Frisk

An NYPD whistle blower, Officer Pedro Serrano, presented damning evidence in a class-action lawsuit against stop-and-frisk, an NYPD policy the plaintiffs argue violates the civil rights of minorities who are overwhelmingly targeted.

In a conversation secretly recorded by Serrano, Deputy Inspector Christopher McCormach can be heard telling him to stop-and-frisk “male blacks 14 to 21” to meet his monthly arrest quota.

Stop “the right people, the right time, the right location,” Deputy Inspector Christopher McCormack is heard saying on the recording.

“He meant blacks and Hispanics,” Officer Pedro Serrano, who made the secret recording, testified Thursday in Manhattan federal court.

“So what am I supposed to do: Stop every black and Hispanic?” Serrano was heard saying on the tape, which was recorded last month at the 40th Precinct in the Bronx.

McCormack said to focus on the Mott Haven section, where the problem “was robberies and grand larcenies.”

“I have no problem telling you this,” the inspector said on the tape. “Male blacks. And I told you at roll call, and I have no problem [to] tell you this, male blacks 14 to 21.”

This latest revelation comes on top of other secret recordings confirming suspicions about abusive NYPD practices.

Earlier this week, The Nation released an explosive audio recording that shows the New York City’s police union, the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, has been assisting the NYPD in setting arrest quotas, a practice the department has long denied exists. This came as a shock to many because the PBA has very publicly and proudly displayed their opposition to arrest quotas.

Critics within the NYPD say that quotas incentivize suspicionless stops, frisks and arrests, leading to systemic civil rights violations of innocent and often minority citizens. In other words, quotas exacerbate racial profiling.

“It has become a numbers game. They have lost the ability to see that communities are dissatisfied with this type of policing, especially minority communities. They are the ones being overly burdened for doing the same sorts of things that kids in middle-class neighborhoods are doing—only they’re getting records because officers have to make these arrests,” explains John Eterno, a former police captain and co-author of The Crime Numbers Game.

Furthermore, officers say that those who speak out or don’t meet their quotas face retaliation including being assigned to patrol the most dangerous spots. One officer in the video above says he has been assigned to work every single holiday year after year following his refusal to meet his quota goals.

The audio is just one of many tapes recorded by Officer Adil Polanco in 2009, though this is the first time the portion containing the PBA admission has aired. Polanco has since been hit with multiple charges, very clearly retaliation for blowing the whistle on the police department, demonstrating once again that whistleblowers rock and deserve our support.

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14 Comments
  1. Lynda M O #

    Whistleblowers are the best-even when it costs them so much in terms of their career.

    March 22, 2013
  2. Gerrie #

    So much for Law & Order :-)

    What ever happened to the NYPD,,,”SWORN PLEDGE,,,,”To Protect & Serve the Community”?
    Then again, so does the NY MAFIA have the same pledge,,, “To Protect & Serve” the mafia.
    The ONLY difference seems, the NYPD is LICENCED TO KILL, while the mafias are not.

    Officer Pedro Serrano, risking his own personal safety & carer exposing the CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY OF NYPD, the NYPD whistle blower, DESERVES the most Honorable credit ever any Police officer could be honored for.

    I admire & respect the BRAVE MAN, Officer Pedro Serrano, for refusing to serve the criminal NYPD AGENDA,,, to lynch innocent people & “stop-and-frisk male blacks 14 to 21, to meet his monthly arrest quota”.

    Officer Pedro Serrano is a Hero, protecting & serving the vulnerable targeted by NYPD-MAFIA.

    Injustice against one is injustice against all,,, Time to fight the MAFIA under the color of authority & licensed to kill,,, NYPD!!!

    March 22, 2013
  3. Jerry #

    I’m a black male and my thoughts are as such…..

    Our culture and society (blacks) commit so many crimes that cops feel confident enough to “stop-and-frisk” us at random with the likely outcome that their suspicions will turn out to be correct.

    This is not a “cop” issue but a community issue that is slapping everyone in the face yet we instead we cry victim.

    March 22, 2013
    • Gerrie #

      Jerry,,,

      According your “black male thoughts” :-) ,,, Hitler EXTERMINATED six million Jews, because of their,,, “culture and society commit so many crimes that cops feel confident enough to “stop-and-frisk” the JEWS at random with the likely outcome that their suspicions will turn out to be correct”?

      BTW: Do you mean, since the ITALIAN MAFIAS are very powerful & massacre each other & others in New York, anyone who looks like “Italian” must be ““stop-and-frisked” at random with the likely outcome that their suspicions will turn out to be correct” ?

      Never imagined wicked mindset & sadist Justification in these age of human civilization :-)

      I doubt you are “Black”, for you don’t seem to have tasted the HUMILIATING & TORMENTING DEADLY TOXIC flavour of injustice,,,, VICTIMIZING THE INNOCENT in the name of law & order.

      What ever happened to the “CONSTITUTION”, presumed innocent until proven guilty in court of LAW?

      I’m black male, therefore,WHY would my INTEGRITY must be questioned, when the integrity of the “Authorities” to TARGET THEIR HOSTAGES to “stop & frisk” anyone is justified?

      I totally disagree with your WICKED presumption, for I believe I’m way too good to even get APPROACHED & QUESTIONED, that I’ve EVERY RIGHT to FREELY walk & drive any where in the world, much less the “FREE COUNTRY” I was born in.

      FYI: As much as I RESPECT the authority, the AUTHORITY is employed, paid with MY hard earned tax-dollars & obligated to respect my rights.

      Therefore,sSince the NY ITALIAN MAFIAS criminal activity does NOT promote the Police “to stop & frisk” Italian Americans ON RANDOM, so goes for African Americans.

      Jerry,

      Your Justification to cover up the CRIMES of “GANGS CARRYING BADGES & LICENSE TO KILL”, under the disguise of authority is TOTALLY hard to imagine at these age & civilization.

      GOOD TRY DECEIVING THE ENLIGHTENED WORLD :-)

      As much as RESPECT the authority, the AUTHORITY is employed, paid with MY hard earned tax-dollar, therefore obligated to respect my rights.

      Anything less is NYPD Organized Crime, against defenseless civilians.

      Welcome to the real world :-)

      March 25, 2013
      • Jerry #

        I am black. You have it misunderstood my friend. I don’t get victimized everyday. I don’t run into racist people that are out to exterminate me. I have never not gotten a job because I’m black. Everything we cry victim over I dont really experience.

        let me rephrase that. When I was a punk teenager ( wearing my pants on my ass, hat backwards to the side, disrespectful) all because my favorite rapper was doing it at the time, THEN I got strange looks, pulled over, passed over for jobs.

        That’s why cops pull you over. We work so hard to glorify a image that demonstrates gang culture, violence, drug use and lack of responsibility then get upset when people stereotype us for this behavior.

        I dont want to disrespect anyone by my comments and I’m willing to listen and be respectful with my answers.

        I was researching statistics on violence among our people and the facts are there that support our stereotypes. We are unquestionably the most violent race living in America.

        Mr. Gray was killed by our own people, not the cops. I’m one of the few ppl who has the balls to call out our BS. We want respect in America but we don’t want to change. We want to dress how we want, talk how we want and act how we want. doesn’t work that way my friends.

        Because I don’t agree with you doesn’t mean I’m not Black btw…

        March 26, 2013
    • Gerrie #

      NO, YOU ARE NOT BLACK !!!

      You are just trying to deceive the public hiding behind computer screen, pretending to be one, Anyone can smell your pink-ass,,:-)

      Therefore, Try playing your cards with fools of your own kind.

      BTW: I’m a very accomplished successful businessman paying my taxes to the system,,,, NEVER DID ANYONE DARED TO MAKE ME FEEL VICTIM NOR DID ANYONE EVER DARED TO STEP ON MY TOES,,, White, black, brown, green, purple, yellow, pink or purple,,:-)

      Little did yu know,,, Your days of deception has been expired like spoiled milk, long time now.

      March 26, 2013
    • Gerrie #

      Mr. Researcher,,,:-)

      Before preaching to the wrong sermon, find out how many million NATIVE INDIANS & LATINOS have been exterminated in the last 250 years of American history or 5000 years of European mutual decimation & come back to preach WHO IS VIOLENT CULTURE ???

      Good Try,,,TOO BAD THE TRUTH HURTS :-)

      March 26, 2013
  4. LOU FROM QUEENS, NYC #

    Funny how we never, ever really see the real CRIME STATS from the FBI, NYPD on who and where all these murders are taking place. FACT CHECK PEOPLE, its not happening in middle-clasee neighborhoods of New York, as we say here New York, just “check it out”. And sneaky people like Pedro Serrano are the worse type of “back stabbers” that anybody could possibly work with. Yah Pedro want to really talk about who is committing, and where most of the murders in New York City are occurring, well do yah punk! -

    March 23, 2013
    • Jerry #

      People and societies are responsible for achieving great things. These accomplishments all originated from a spark that eventually grew into a fire.

      Why it’s not clear to members of our society that the spark required to uplift our race needs to originate from our race and not a monetary policy Obama creates is mind boggling.

      March 23, 2013
      • Gerrie #

        Good try Jerry,,

        Who are you exactly trying to deceive “hiding” behind computer screen” for anyone can figure YOU out that YOU ain’t ,,, “members of our society”???

        March 25, 2013
      • Gerrie #

        Before preaching to the wrong sermon, find out how many million NATIVE INDIANS & LATINOS have been exterminated in the last 250 years of American history or 5000 years of European mutual decimation & come back to preach WHO IS VIOLENT CULTURE ???

        Good Try,,,TOO BAD THE TRUTH HURTS

        May 17, 2013
    • Gerrie #

      Good Question Lou,,, Power is corrupt & absolute power corrupts absolutely.

      Now, do you see why http://www.Wikileak.org became INDISPENSABLE to America ????

      n.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiLeaksShare

      WikiLeaks is an international, online, non-profit organisation which publishes secret information, news leaks, and classified media from anonymous sources.

      When people lose trust in the sytem, people devise a way to encounter & QUESTION THE INTEGRITY & EXPOSE THE TYRANNY IN THE SYSTEM.

      March 25, 2013
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    May 17, 2013

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