Getting stopped and frisked more than sixty times is outrageous. Look at the following stats from the ACLU:
In the first three months of 2012, New Yorkers were stopped by the police 203,500 times
181,457 were totally innocent (89 percent).
108,097 were black (54 percent).
69,043 were Latino (33 percent).
18,387 were white (9 percent).
‘Stop And Frisk‘ is hailed by NYPD law enforcement officials as a life-saving police tactic that keeps guns off of the streets and prevents gun-related crimes from occurring.
But Tyquan Brehon (pictured) of Flatbush, Brooklyn, says that the tactic has made it impossible for him to walk the streets in peace. Brehon claims that he has been stopped by cops more than 60 times before his 18th birthday, according to the New York Times.
“Most of the times I get stopped, I’m walking down the block,” he says. “They never say, ‘This is why I’m stopping you.’ When you’re young and you’re Black, no matter how you look, you fit the description.”
Breton recalled a time when officers stopped and frisked both him and a group of other teens and lined them up against a wall. Breton asked why he was being stopped. An officer told him he was spraying graffiti on the wall. Breton in turn asked how could he possibly be spraying anything on the wall if it is Black and he only has a pink highlighter in his pocket.
- NYPD Targets Black, Latinos in Stop And Frisks: Report (wnyc.org)
- Op-Docs: The Scars of Stop-and-Frisk (nytimes.com)
- The Scars of Stop-and-Frisk (nytimes.com)
- Civil Liberties App ‘Stop And Frisk Watch’ Encourages Recording Of Police Stops (inquisitr.com)
- There’s an App for That: Reporting NYPD Stop and Frisks (colorlines.com)