Former Los Angeles police chief William “Bill” Bratton is a staunch supporter of stop and frisk—a practice that intensifies racial profiling and police brutality towards black and brown people while failing to prevent crime. Bratton loves stop and frisk so much that he says cities without it are “doomed to failure.” So imagine my surprise when […]
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This video shows a remarkable scene of police overkill in a Harlem subway station on the afternoon of May 13. What begins as two cops from the NYPD trying to handcuff a seemingly unthreatening black man quickly spirals into over two dozen officers flooding the station to arrest him. The video opens with one of the […]
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” […]
There are some excellent articles I’ve come across this weekend about police misconduct. I haven’t had time to post about each individually so I’ve highlighted what I believe are must-read stories.
In July of last year, Oakland police officers pointed their guns at a sleeping 3-year-old while delivering a search warrant for a misdemeanor probe. The incident was brought to light in a quarterly report by Robert Warshaw, Independent Monitor for the Oakland Police Department.