On NYPD Street Harassment Of Young Women

Via BUST Magazine, Erika W. Smith writes:

Last weekend, I experienced an unexpected form of street harassment. After a Friday night out, I was walking home from the neighborhood bar with my roommate when a car full of men pulled up next to us. It was the NYPD.

They trailed us down the street, shouting at us. Our crime: being 22-year-old women out at night.

First, they shouted out to ask if we were okay — fair enough, no harm done. But after we answered and kept walking, they continued trailing us, asking what we were carrying (we’d stopped to buy snacks), telling us to give it to them, and then, when we stopped answering, shouting at us to come over to the police car and get in. After our first answers, we stopped responding and kept walking straight ahead, as quickly as we could, not looking at them.

They trailed us in their car for over a block, always staying a few feet behind us and continuing to shout at us to come to them, even though we’d stopped responding. They only stopped when we hurried around the corner down a side street.

There have been multiple reports of rape in our area of Brooklyn recently, but these NYPD officers chose to spend their time following young women down the street, shouting at them. Instead of catching rapists, they’re contributing to rape culture.

When I called to report the incident, the NYPD didn’t seem to care. Nobody I spoke to took me seriously. “I don’t understand. It’s not like a crime occurred,” one said. “Usually they aren’t that brazen,” said another. So this happens a lot — and they know about it?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

    One day these dumb fucks are gonna get shot by a retributive public. They’re setting themselves up to be in an increasingly bad position when the SHTF. If you’re a cop, you better abandon your badge now and be of real use to your community by starting a farm. It might just save your life.

    • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

      Most people(even cops and other people who seem to be in authority) are the objects of History rather than the subjects.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

        The paradoxical thing about that is, they don’t have to fucking be! They allow themselves to be the words, rather than the authors of history.

        • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

          True, but usually that’s not what happens. One case I have heard of was a Sheriff that refused to evict people for foreclosing on their houses. But generally people prefer following orders.

          BTW, I know you were expressing heartfelt emotion but I don’t recommend shooting at cops. That chess move has already been anticipated. Ruby Ridge Waco, etc. only now its worse and cops have better gear and training. I really doubt any type of individuial or armed militia could out shoot the police.

          Looking past the proximate causes of things to more ultimate causes, We see police departments getting all this high tech riot gear and training, dressing like robocop, showing up with a SWAT team whenever some old farts at Walmart decide to go on strike. Its way beyond the cops on the street deciding to be dicks.

          • Hadrian999

            while getting into a shoot out with the cops is foolish most of them are trash and you only see dedicated swat units in major cities, with proper tactics they wouldn’t be much of a threat if things actually did get bad. really hope things never get that far.

  • InfvoCuernos

    Nothing new here. As accountability gets flushed down the toilet, the guards will get more and more like the inmates. What am I saying? NYPD has always had a rep for being corrupt. Now its just going to be more brazen.

  • BuzzCoastin

    > When I called to report the incident, the NYPD didn’t seem to care. Nobody I spoke to took me seriously

    That’s why god invented cellphones with cameras.
    I suggest you go back out there and catch them on camera,
    or better yet, get Luke to film it.

    • http://krowface.com/ Jason Thompson

      I’m really kinda curious how two women around the age of 22 didn’t bother to record the footage. They’re part of a demographic that’s usually holding a camera enabled smart phones in the palm of their hands at all times, right?

      • Hadrian999

        maybe they know what happens as soon as you try to record a cop

  • Hadrian999

    http://policethugs.com/ these are the people so many people are trusting to protect them