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Stop-and-Frisk: NYPD stands its ground while facing sharp criticism


Baltimore native Chris Bilal was walking through his adopted Brooklyn neighborhood when he was stopped by a police officer. The NYPD officer peppered the 24-year-old with questions about where he lived, requested Bilal's ID and rummaged through his bag.

"I was coming home from the Laundromat and I was stopped by the police officer. Asking me, 'Let me see your ID. 'Where are you from?' 'Do you live around here?' "


Huffington Post

Though Commissioner Ray Kelly promised to investigate the murder of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham in the Bronx, community members who have spent their entire lives surviving in neighborhoods under the intimidating eye of police patrols and perennial surveillance towers already know the cause of death: the NYPD's discriminatory, unlawful, and abusive policing practices.

Know Your Rights! Advocates Take on Stop-and-Frisk In Bronx Mural

Village Voice

Activists speaking out against the New York Police Department's controversial stop-and-frisk policy are unveiling a new weapon: art!

Last month, we reported on the formation of a coalition called Communities United for Police Reform, or CPR, which has brought together dozens of groups under a unified campaign to push for increased police accountability (and to make stop-and-frisk and police reform important topics in the upcoming mayoral election).

Councilman seeks NYPD reform

New York Amsterdam News

Last week, City Councilman Jumaane Williams announced he would continue his fight against what he considers discriminatory practices by the NYPD.

Williams launched legislative efforts to raise NYPD accountability at a stated meeting of the City Council, introducing three bills aimed at ensuring safer streets and better policing for all New Yorkers.

New York official moves to limit police stops


(Reuters) - A black New York City councilman who said he has been stopped by police on numerous occasions introduced a set of bills on Wednesday aimed at curbing the controversial crime-fighting tactic known as "stop and frisk."

The bills would require officers to identify themselves and present a business card when stopping a person, and to inform targets of their right to refuse a search. A third bill would expand the number of groups protected from racial profiling.