Thaddeus Howze comments on the NYPD’s ”Stop and Frisk” policy that violates minorities’ civil rights.
Stoppin’ and Friskin’, what a wonderful phrase. Stoppin’ and friskin’, ain’t no passing craze. It means no worries for the rest of our days, its a problem free, philosophy, just Stoppin’ aJamnd Friskin’.
This downright folksy and carefree state of mind toward the infringement on the civil rights of New Yorkers by the New York police department who has raised the hackles of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Minorities and people of color have been 75% of the people who are stopped under this “proactive” policing policy, said to reduce violence by targeting anyone who looks like they could be a potential suspect.
Yes, you should infer this means: the minority threat. According to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, without such a proactive police presence, infringing on the rights of so-called innocents, “people will die.” The police admit that 90% of the time they are incorrect, but do not feel the creation of a police state mentality is the result of such aggressive activity.
“Help us to put the human face, help the public to understand the human toll and the indignities that are caused by this police abuse,” said NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman.
But she added,
“This is is not about getting involved in any conflict with the police. This is not about interfering. This is about doing your part as a citizen, as a bystander, to document what’s going on, to shine light on what’s going on, and not to get in the way.”
Reference – Nolo Press: Understanding Search and Seizure Law