Stop and Frisk





A disturbing cellphone video shot recently in Philadelphia points to the nature of urban harassment by police under stop-and-frisk.

Officers stop two people walking on the sidewalk, initially telling them that it is for the crime of saying a friendly hello to another passerby – “In this city, you don’t talk to strangers.”

The men are then told that they are “under investigation” for involvement in a robbery. “I said we could’ve got a call, that somebody wearing the clothes you’re wearing just robbed somebody. That’s why we stopped you. Is that wrong of us?”

The officers go on to claim that the pedestrians had been jaywalking, threaten to “split [their heads] open”, and accuse the two of “weakening the country” by “freeloading”:





Body scans seem poised to move from the airports to the street corners. ANIMAL New York reports: Just when we thought it was safe to assume that the NYPD’s decidedly unconstitutional Stop-and-Frisk…


On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin talks about the threat against indigenous sovereignty and the growth of the Idle No More movement beyond Canada; calls out the corporate media for their obsession with supermodels and instead highlights a successful lawsuit against defense contractor L-3 Services for torture at Iraq’s infamous Abu Ghraib Prison; talks to whistleblower and lawyer, Jesselyn Radack, about recent developments in the cases of ex CIA official John Kiriakou, and PFC Bradley Manning; BTS wraps up the show with a look at the Cuban Five, a group of Cuban intelligence agents who have been incarcerated in the US since 1998 as the forgotten political prisoners of the Cold War.


New York City’s racist stop and frisk police policy is the stuff of legend, but it’s never before been recorded so explicitly. Kudos to The Nation:

…In the course of the two-minute recording, the officers give no legally valid reason for the stop, use racially charged language and threaten Alvin with violence. Early in the stop, one of the officers asks, “You want me to smack you?” When Alvin asks why he is being threatened with arrest, the other officer responds, “For being a fucking mutt.” Later in the stop, while holding Alvin’s arm behind his back, the first officer says, “Dude, I’m gonna break your fuckin’ arm, then I’m gonna punch you in the fuckin’ face.”…