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Stopped-and-Frisked: 'For Being a F**king Mutt' [VIDEO]

False arrest

In the summer of 2012, I and a friend of mine were on the corner or 118th and Second Avenue around 11 pm, when all of a sudden a blue-and-white (marked unit) with three uniforms went past us and then backed up. The cops got out and asked if they could search us. As I didn’t have anything on me, I said OK, but little did I know that my friend had crack on his person. So when the cops found it on him, the sergeant said to me that I sold it to him—even with my friend telling them that I sold him nothing. The sergeant asked the other officers, “You saw a transaction, right?” and they all said yes. After that they put the cuffs on me and him and the sergeant patted me on my back and said, “Don’t worry, I’ve been doing this for a very long time, you’re being charged with a felony sale. I was like, “What!?” So to the station house I go. Then central booking. And then to see the judge. Then to find out that the DA declined prosecution because there was no proof of a sale at all, no money or drugs were found on me, so they let me go. This happens to me a lot, and I don’t think its right for cops to treat people this way.

Kevin Santiago

Harlem, NYC

Oct 15 2012 - 8:50pm

Stopped-and-Frisked: 'For Being a F**king Mutt' [VIDEO]

When was violating the constitutional protection against unlawful search and seizure made police policy?

How is the state of New York even justifying these discraceful acts? Who in their right mind created this policy? Most importantly how have New York’s finest become this afraid to do the right thing; to go to the media the ACLU, Facebook?

I wouldn’t value a job that brought shame on our American way of life. I wouldn’t stay quiet in a sea of corruption. How did these police officers do this and continue to do the Gestapo induction?

It’s clear that the poor and ethnic populations have once again been made to suffer extreme indignities because the ones running the department want the revenue, the numbers, some delusional status. What it boils down to is, the people we trust to protect and serve the best interest of the public are the lowest kind of filth there is.

I want those responsible to have very public trials, extended prison terms and possibly the death sentence. The people who created this stop-and-frisk policy knew they were violating people’s constitutional and civil rights. They knew it was against the very foundation that our country was built on. They just up and decided that they could trample all over the Constition and that it didn’t apply to those persons (read 85 percent minority) that they stopped without any probable cause, you know that little thing mentioned in the Fourth Amendment, so let me refresh the memory of these individuals that are sworn to “protect and serve” what they should have been taught in fourth or fifth grade. The Fourth Amendment says,

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Now the question is how to stop this and prevent it from ever happening again.

If one is not part of the solution, one is part of the problem.

There needs to be policymakers with groups of private citazens to contribute and oversee our government officials. The policies they make and the city, state and local departments need to be held accountable on a weekly or monthly basis. The groups who run the audit are regular people. People who desire a better government.

We the people in order to form a perfect union…

Dawn Rogers

Tucson, AZ

Oct 11 2012 - 8:58am