NYPD Goes After Only 'The Right People': Male Blacks 14 to 20. Oh, and Babies.

Abby Zimet

Thanks to secret recordings by some upstanding cops, a federal trial challenging New York City's stop-and-frisk is making it increasingly tough for the NYPD to deny the policy - which has seen over 5 million random stops of mostly black and Latino men, up 600% over the last decade - constitutes racial profiling and a quota system. At least two officers taped roll call discussions with supervisors who insisted they target "the right people at the right time," and, when asked to clarify, added, "I don't have any trouble telling you this: male blacks 14 to 20, 21." Both also said that those who didn't make "their numbers" were discriminated against. But no, there's no quota system. And there's no excessive force either, even though another lawsuit against the NYPD charges three officers with pepper-spraying a woman, her husband, and her three children, including a 2-year-old and 5-month-old, because they thought she jumped a subway fare with her stroller. Now, she says, her children are scared of the police. We can't imagine why.


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An opponent of the New York Police Department's controversial stop-and-frisk policy marches last year in New York City. The NYPD says the stops assist crime prevention, while opponents say they involve racial profiling and civil rights abuses.

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