Big thanks to Upworthy for sharing this heartbreaking video of what is believed to be the first audio recording of NYPD stop-and-frisk procedures, including one cop telling the guy that he’s going to arrest him because he’s a “mutt” and threatening to punch him in the face and break his arm.
“We’re gonna go out there and violate some rights” is a phrase one officer (whose identity is obscured) says is used to pump the cops up to go out and get some “250s” (Stop, Question, and Frisk). And cops don’t have the option not to do 250s, as there is a quota and often payback for the cops who choose to do less 250s.
One quote by retired NYPD officer Julio Valentin, now of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, explains that of the 600,000 people who were stopped, only 1% were carrying weapons, and one of the prime means of selling this program is the claim that they are getting guns and other weapons off the street.
And this problem will NOT get better as long as there are quotes of how many 250s cops have to get and how many arrests are made.
What do you think is the solution for ending this form of racial profiling?