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Thousands of civil rights activists, LGBT leaders, labor and community organizers, and citizens outraged by New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy are marching today in a demonstration against the law enforcement tactic they say is a legally dubious form of institutionalized racial profiling.
“Every criminologist will tell you that when you engage in massive, street-level racial profiling, you build a wall between the most victimized communities in the city and the cops,” NAACP President Ben Jealous said Sunday morning on MSNBC.
According to data from the New York Civil Liberties Union, New York police officers conducted nearly 685,724 stop-and-frisks last year, a 600 percent increase since Bloomberg first took office. Eighty-eight percent of the people stopped in those incidents were found totally innocent; eighty-seven percent of those stopped were black or Latino.
That is a lot and would seem to a lot of NYC inhabitants as justification.
. . . i know, that means that 12% were guilty of something.. drugs, concelaed, whatever..
I see black men in hoodies apparently loitering and not having a legitimate reason for being where they are, and I could easily imagine being a policeman and asking the dude what the hell he is up to.
No person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law
Being black and wearing a "hoodie" is not a crime.
If I was seeing white men loitering in hoodies, I would have mentioned them. In NYC there are signs on the sidewalks saying "No Standing" so loitering is not a protected right.
The city has agreed to pay $15 million to 22,000 New Yorkers — many of them homeless panhandlers — who were arrested for loitering using laws that were struck down decades ago.
“Thousands of New Yorkers were arrested and forced to defend themselves in court, and even serve time in jail, for completely legal behavior,” said Katherine Rosenfeld, representing the plaintiffs in the class action suit.
Liberty would be to go from one place to another with a legitimate reason to do so.
Ambushing tourists does not fit that definition of liberty as far as I am concerned.
No government, local, state or federal, has the authority to determine what is or what is not a "legitimate" right of travel.
There are plenty concerning travel, across county and state lines for example, for criminal purposes.
"Move along" is a comment that is traditional, in a sense, coming from law enforcement offices, you you are bucking something that has been in action since civilization. So good luck, or rather, have fun wasting your time with rights to be a public nuisance.
Originally posted by Maluhia
These stop and frisks are not happening in tourist areas -
Here is the link to what REAL people have to deal with.
Text The NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program has created two very distinct sets of experiences for the residents of New York City. One portion of the population’s experience embodies relative freedom as we legally and culturally understand it. However, for minority residents of the city, the experience is part of a larger ongoing relationship to the state as potential crime-suspects and targets of surveillance and harassment. One city, two radically different experiences.For those of you who have never had the displeasure of experiencing the city as a potential crime-suspect, stop-and-frisk is a tactic that essentially allows police to conduct a search of any person of their choosing at any time. So what defines “a person of their choosing?” Reasonable suspicion can be based on something as simple as “movement” or “clothing.” In 2011, so-called “furtive movements” provided the justification for a stop in more than 50% of 685,724 cases, while “clothes commonly used in a crime” was cited in more than 30,000 instances.