John Steiner: NYC / NYPD as Amerika the Police State Emergent

John Steiner

Why is the NYPD After Me? Young, Black, and Frisked


New York Times,  December 17, 2011


For young people in my neighborhood, getting stopped and frisked is a rite of passage. We expect the police to jump us at any moment. We know the rules: don’t run and don’t try to explain, because speaking up for yourself might get you arrested or worse. And we all feel the same way — degraded, harassed, violated and criminalized because we’re black or Latino. Have I been stopped more than the average young black person? I don’t know, but I look like a zillion other people on the street. And we’re all just trying to live our lives.

As a teenager, I was quiet and kept to myself. I’m about to graduate from the Borough of Manhattan Community College, and I have a stronger sense of myself after getting involved with the Brotherhood/Sister Sol, a neighborhood organization in Harlem. We educate young people about their rights when they’re stopped by the police and how to stay safe in those interactions. I have talked to dozens of young people who have had experiences like mine. And I know firsthand how much it messes with you. Because of them, I’m doing what I can to help change things and am acting as a witness in a lawsuit brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights to stop the police from racially profiling and harassing black and brown people in New York.

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Phi Beta Iota:  This is a compelling story that documents and out of control police department that in passing spends $75 million a year arresting and incarcerating people for recreational use of marijuana.  What Mayor Mike Bloomberg has done with his CIA pals in NYC is a foretaste of what the USA will be like if We the People do not reassert our Constitutional rights and restore the Republic.

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