Morgane Richardson

is a professional feminist, lecturer, freelance blogger and birth doula who addresses race, gender, and sexuality in today’s society... without dwelling on theorists and terminology.

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"For Being A Fucking Mutt!" Stop And Frisk Policies in New York City

On June 03, 2011, three New York City police officers stopped and questioned, Alvin, a local Harlam teenager. Though he is only one of 180,000 mostly young Black and Latino men who are racially profiled and stopped each day in New York City, Alvin is believed to be the first known person to capture audio of an incident of stop and frisk (he was actually the second - the first known incidence was circulated on Youtube in July, and showed a young man in Sunset Park, Brooklyn being assaulted by a police officer in the Subway station).

Alvin’s audio has become part of a new video released today by The Nation resulting in outrage and renewed efforts to end the practice of Stop and Frisk in New York City.

In the 13:15 minute video, Alvin asks the officers why they are threatening to arrest him to which an officer responds, "For being a fuckin’ mutt! You know that?!" The Sergeant then says, "I will break your fucking arm off right now," while holding Alvin’s arm tightly behind his back. 

According to Jessie Daniels, PhD at Racism Review, The audio was recently played at a meeting of The Morris Justice Project, a group of Bronx residents who have organized around the issue of stop-and-frisk and have been compiling data on people’s interactions with police. Jackie Robinson, mother of two boys, expected not to be surprised when told about the contents of the recording. “It’s stuff we’ve all heard before,” she said at the gathering. Yet Robinson visibly shuddered at one of the audio’s most violent passages. She had heard plenty about these encounters, but had never actually listened to one in action.”

The initial sentiments felt by Robinson hold true for myself: here is another horrendous case of the civillian population of color being “hunted,” as one officer in the video exclaims. But whether or not these issues come as a shock to communities of color living in New York City, these instances of racial profiling must be voiced, they must be shared with the world and they must be stopped. Hopefully, this video will have the necessary power to shed light on the NYPD’s policing tactics to control young men of color and put a stop to the injustices that Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly incite through these laws. 
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  1. inkni reblogged this from morganerichardson
  2. maiqilai reblogged this from viciouskitchen and added:
    reblogging because all cops are still bastards
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  4. viciouskitchen reblogged this from morganerichardson and added:
    ALL COPS ARE BASTARDS. hence, i’m LOLing at the interviews with cops who are like “whiiine i’m so sad i have to racially...
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