An analysis by the NYCLU revealed that about 3 million innocent New Yorkers were subjected to police stops and street interrogations from 2004 through 2010, and that black and Latino communities continue to be the overwhelming target of these tactics. Nearly nine out of 10 stopped-and-frisked New Yorkers have been completely innocent, according to the NYPD’s own reports . . ."Stop and frisk" is a grave but routine violation of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, and represents a direct threat to the rights and liberties of the people of the United States. After a number of speeches, protesters then marched to the 28th Precinct of the NYPD, and blocked its doors in an act of non-violent civil disobedience. Dozens were arrested. Among them were Professor Cornel West, Carl Dix of the Revolutionary Communist Party, the Rev. Stephen Phelps from Riverside Church, and many others. A longer report with video will follow later today or tomorrow.
Hundreds gathered today at the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building on 125th Street in Harlem, NYC, to voice their opposition to the "stop and frisk" practices of the NYPD. From the NYCLU: