The NYPD says that stop-and-frisks are a minor inconvenience that are necessary to ensure the safety of the community and their officers. When I was stopped-and-frisked last year for being a white guy in a black neighborhood, I learned that that wasn’t quite true. Of course, minority residents of New York have known this for years: stop-and-frisks are frightening interactions where citizens are accosted by groups of armed men without reasonable suspicion, are cursed at, are threatened, are battered, and are degraded — and often times taken to jail on fabricated charges. Finally, the NYPD was caught on tape by a stop-and-frisk victim in Harlem who was able to start recording on his phone without the officers’ knowledge.

The officers give their victim three reasons for the stop: 1) he was looking at them, 2) he was wearing a hoodie, and 3) “for being a fucking mutt.” No, I’m not making this up. They then proceed to curse at him, threaten him, and then push him repeatedly. The whole interaction lasted not even 2 minutes, and from that I gathered the following brilliant quotes:

  • “Why are you a fucking wiseass, I’m gonna smack you.”
  • “Who the fuck do you think you’re talking to?”
  • “Shut your fucking mouth, kid.”
  • “I will break your fucking arm, motherfucker.”
  • “Dude I am going to fucking break your arm and then I’m going to punch you in your fucking mouth.”
  • “Shut your fucking mouth before I slap you.”
  • “You fucking piece of shit, take a fucking walk.”

This, ladies and gentlemen, is what stop-and-frisk really feels like. This is how the NYPD treats the community it is paid to protect. And this is why stop-and-frisk needs to go.

Source article with raw audio: http://www.thenation.com/article/170413/stopped-and-frisked-being-fking-mutt-video