NYPD Officer Blows Whistle On Stop & Frisk, Superior’s Told Him To Target “Male Blacks 14 to 21” (Must Read)
As hearings are under way to investigate New York City’s stop and frisk policy, one police officer is testifying that he was told by superiors to target young black men between the ages of 14 and 21.
Stop and frisk is a method of searching people in which a cop is able to stop someone he or she suspects of a crime, and is able to frisk that individual if they feel that there is some justification. New York City policy made 685,724 stops as part of the policy in 2011 alone. In total, they have made over 5 million stops, and 85 percent of those stopped were black or Latino. 88% were innocent, meaning they were not arrested or given a summons.
Officer Pedro Serrano, in court to testify yesterday, played a covert recording he’d obtained of an interraction with his superior where he was told the race of people to target, though not that he should stop everyone of that race:
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.[…]
“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.”
During cross examination, City lawyer Brenda Cooke got Serrano to admit that McCormack never said he wanted Serrano to stop all blacks and Hispanics.
“Those specific words, no,” he told her.
The news about targeting black men tracks with yesterday’s revelations that the NYPD set quotas for arrests. It also explains the fact that, in 2011, NYPD made more stops of young black men than there actually are young black men in the city.
Serrano’s tape and testimony were introduced as evidence in a class-action lawsuit against the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk tactic brought by four black New Yorkers who claim they were targeted because of their race.
Also, the first of several tapes surreptitiously made by Brooklyn cop Adrian Schoolcraft made its debut at the trial. The audio he recorded proved that the police department ‘manipulated’ crime reports to make to it seem like crime decreased in NYC.
After the NYPD found out about Adrian’s incriminating evidence, they broke into his apartment, handcuffed him and locked him in a insane asylum for 6 days against his will to silence him.
The This American Life episode about Schoolcraft is fucking ENRAGING.
Also, can we repeat: in 2011, NYPD made more stops of young black men than there actually are young black men in the city.
Homeless mother who sent six-year-old son to better school in the wrong town jailed for five years
A mother who pleaded guilty to fraudulently enrolling her six-year-old son in the wrong school district has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Tonya McDowell sent her son to an elementary school in Norwalk, Connecticut, instead of her home city of Bridgeport.
The 34-year-old, who was homeless when she was charged with felony larceny last year, said she wanted the best education possible for the boy.
Where are all the people talking about justice is blind? Cause I fail to see how this warrants five fucking years in prison. There are violent crimes people have committed and gotten a lesser sentence. But let’s remember Tonya McDowell is a poor WoC, so she’s gonna get shit on either way.
Sending your child to a better a school can get you more time than sexually assaulting a minor JUSTICE
Every time I read this article it pisses me off that much more. Jailed for 5 years and having your child taken from you and and given to the state because you dared to try to do right and give him a better chance than you had. If she was homeless then she had no address and so should have been able to do just what she did.
The irony is I’ve heard of white parents with money buying a home in another district so they can send their kids there. When caught, they paid a fine. In 2010, a Black woman in MS did the same thing. Jail for two years; charged with fraud.
In 2013. Directed by Eli Roth, who said:
“So I wrote about these student activists who want to save these un-contacted tribes in the Amazon… They chain themselves to trees and protest and stream it and hash-tag, and it works… Then on their way home, their plane crashes. And the very people they save are like ‘Ah, food – that’s great!’ It’s like a free lunch, and they are brought back into the fold of absolutely barbaric, primitive man. People that have had no contact with the outside world.
So when we shot it, I wanted to film somewhere that was really, really, really in the Amazon. Really, authentically off the grid. We scouted in the summer-time and went up the river for hours and hours and found this village where there was no electricity, no running water, grass huts. Ten people in a shack. And it looked incredible; it looked like a village from another time, so we asked if we could film there. But I was told that we have to tell them what a movie is because they have no idea. They’ve never seen one. They’ve never even seen a television. So they went back with a television and a generator and showed the village Cannibal Holocaust, which I couldn’t believe. And the villagers – thank god – thought it was a comedy. The funniest thing that they’d ever seen. And they wanted to play cannibals in the movie. So we had the entire village acting in the film. And they speak Quechua – which is like another language from another time.”
I don’t have much commentary, but I want you to pay close attention to the coded language he uses. You might think “this is inappropriate” or “this is rude” or “this is racially insensitive,” but let’s not beat around the bush. This is what white supremacy looks like in 2013 — the idea that a group of people not living by Western standards are automatically “primitive savages.”
The mere fact that he was taken in by an indigenous village, unharmed, and decided to turn around and portray the people who opened their home to him as cannibalistic savages is a disturbing effort to create colonial propaganda. The fact that he listened to a current language spoken by an existing people and called it “another language from another time” proves that he doesn’t view them as real, equal human beings, but as a concept to be exploited for a cheap film.
I really wish I could just turn into Godzilla stomp Hollywood into the ground right now.
He sounds like a right ol’ cock.
oh my god
WHY DO YOU THINK THEY THOUGHT IT WAS A COMEDY????
BECAUSE THE IDEA THAT PEOPLE FROM THE AMAZON ARE PRIMITIVE BEASTS WHO EAT OTHER PEOPLE IS FUCKING RIDICULOUS
oh my godddd how did anyone in hollywood think this was a good idea to fund
*adds Eli Roth to the list of people whose work I will never like the same way again, sigh*
Rest In Peace, Trayvon Benjamin Martin
(February 5, 1995 - February 26, 2012)
Can you believe this was just a year ago? (Related: can you believe this was just a year ago? When did we stop talking about Trayvon Martin? I mean, I did too, I just. We’re so bad at remembering the shit that is actually important.)
Sports Illustrated accused of using locals as ethnic props in their Swimsuit Issue. Not cool bro. Though fun fact, I played a Japanese extra in Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift.
What. The. Fuck.
Let me guess… “Its helping to bring needed attention to their culture?”
Are we still fucking doing this shit? Seriously?