Protesters Rally In Harlem Against NYPD’s Stop And Frisk Strategy

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Protesters were out calling for an end to the NYPD’s “stop and frisk” strategy in Harlem Friday afternoon.

About 100 people marched to the 28th precinct police station from the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones Reports From The Protest

Joined by members of Occupy Wall Street, the demonstrators held signs that read “NYPD Protects and Serves the Rich” and “Cease, Desist: Stop and Frisk.”

About two dozen people intentionally blocked the entrance to the precinct to purposely get arrested for disorderly conduct as part of their protest, 1010 WINS Al Jones reported.

Those individuals were taken peacefully one at a time and all were transferred to Central Booking. They will be given desk appearance tickets and released.

More than 500,000 people were stopped last year. About 10 percent of those stops resulted in arrests.

Friday morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the use of stop and frisk, saying it helps take guns off the streets.

“It’s a very effective tool,” he said. “It’s used in communities where he have lots of guns and lots of murder victims.”

Bloomberg said officers are trained to know when and when they can’t stop and frisk, and said generally “they do a good job.”

But those against the policy say it amounts to racial profiling.

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A protester getting arrested outside the 28 Precinct. (credit: Al Jones, 1010 WINS)

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and state Sen. Eric Adams said at a news conference Wednesday that federal prosecutors need to step in to protect the rights of minorities.

“It’s fraught with racial profiling and we cannot wait any longer to reform it,” Stringer told 1010 WINS. “We have tried to engage the mayor and the police commissioner, we’re obviously not having success. The next step is to go to the federal government.”

Last week, protesters marched across the Brooklyn Bridge carrying signs that said “Stop Racist Policing” and “Don’t Judge Us Based On Our Race.”

Civil rights advocates say the stop and frisks are often without any particular cause and tend to unfairly target minorities.

What do you think? Sound off below in our comments section…

  • Pearl Barkley

    I am happy to see that the issue of Stop and Frisk is finally being address because this policy violates the very spirit of the constitution in that it is a continuance of practices used with the Slave Codes, the Black Codes, Jim Crow, etc. The policy of Stop and Frisk is a violation of the 4th Amendment states as follows, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized”. A connection must be made with this issue to the many political prisoners, members of the Black Panther Party of Self Defense, the Black Liberation Army and other similar groups who died or are still in prison for 30 years or more, men and women who stood up against police brutality in all of its forms.

    • roland buhler

      if the police would keep after the bad guys they KNOW THEN WE WOULD NOT NEED TO spend hours of useless time in the intire system that we hAVE TO PAY FOR, NO BUT IT SI THE SAME BRAIN DEAD ASSES LIKE THE ONE IN THE dhs, ALSO STUPID FRISK 40 MILLION BUT THE CRIMINALS AND THE AFGANISTANY THEY CAN COME IN AND OUT LIKE HOT BUN’S GREAT THE SRUPID CLUB so now when do u arrest right away when u see a guy sell drugs ah no lets sit a little longer, and waist my parking space u morons. NYPD and the rest of the USA law inf are handled by a book worm educated idiot,

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  • Vik

    Oh Boo Hoo. Then keep your A$$e$ out of trouble if you don’t want to get “Stopped and Frisked.” If you did nothing wrong then you have nothing to worry about, now don’t you? OWS — GO THE F HOME!!!!!!

    • giantnyc

      Are you really that dense? Do you have the sense to realize there are people that experience things that are foreign to you?

    • Nik

      You’re not real bright are you? Did you notice that 90% of those stopped actually DID NOTHING WRONG!!!!!????? Yet they were detained, embarrassed, made to be late for work or other important appointments. So, sorry, you actually do have something to worry about even if you did nothing wrong. Wake up. You are part of the 99%, stop being such a moron and supporting regimes that only want to exploit you.

      • Mik

        Nik, don’t just look at the number 90% . . . 10% percent of 500,000 . . . we’re talking about 50,000 people being arrested!!!! That is a scary number. Question is what are the arrests . . . does this mean there are 50,000 less guns, drugs and weapons on the streets!? If so, keep doing it then.

  • George Lurye

    This article is chock full of spelling errors and is one of the worst examples of writing I’ve ever seen in the press.

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