In 2013, a New York judge deemed the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk practice unconstitutional because it largely singled out African-American and Hispanic men. However, it appears the discriminatory police practice is still taking place and is still as prejudiced as ever.
Jonathan Frank, a political director for Montel Williams, shared this disturbing video on his Twitter account.
The clip shows two New York police officers searching an African-American teen on the side of a road in midtown Manhattan. According to Frank, who saw the entire incident unfold, noted the plainclothes cops stopped the young man without any reasonable suspicion.
@jonfranks And when you insist to your elected officials that over-policing is an issue important to u. You can help hold them accountable.— Nkenge (@TrueNkenge) November 2, 2016
Since 2002, the police has stopped, searched and conducted street interrogations more than 5 million times. Unsurprisingly, minority communities were targeted the most, according to a New York Civil Liberties Union study (NYCLU).
Nearly nine out of 10 times, stop-and-frisk victims were completely innocent.
“Stop and frisk may be down in the city, but a legacy of mistrust and pain continues,” said Molly Kovel, senior staff attorney at the NYCLU. “We can’t begin to create a new era of policing that works for all without hearing from the communities most impacted.”
Between January and June 2016, the police stopped New Yorkers 7,636 times, out of which 53 percent were black, 30 percent were Latinos and only about 11 percent were white.
“Stop-and-question (and frisk) hasn’t gone away... It’s something that we continue to do, certainly not in the numbers that it was done in the past but it’s pretty fruitful for us,” said the New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill over the weekend.
He claimed although the prevalence of the controversial tactic has declined, the cops are using it with increasing efficiency.
At a time when the relationship between minority communities and majority-white police forces has turned into national civil rights issues, racial profiling and unconstitutional stop-and-frisks are not going to help resolve the problems in any way.