By the end of Mayor Bloomberg’s administration, the number of blacks and latinos stopped by the NYPD will exceed the population of black and latino people living in NYC.
The number of stops involving young black men in 2011 (168,124) exceed the city’s population of young black men (158,406). 90% of them were innocent (were not arrested or given a summons) yet accounted for 41.6% of the stops despite making up only 4.7 of NYC.
Since Bloomberg took office, stop and frisks increased 600%. This March the NYPD CONDUCTED THEIR 5 MILLIONTH STOP AND FRISK. The number is truly staggering when you consider that the population of NYC is 8.3 million. In comparison, the population of Los Angeles, America’s second largest city, is only 3.8 million.
Out of those 5,000,000 stop and frisk encounters, 4.4 million or 88% were innocent (were not arrested or given a summons) and 86% were Latino or Black.
In Brownsville, Brooklyn, where over 96% of the residents are black or latino, 93 out of 100 residents were stopped by the NYPD.
Probably the most enraging fact about the stop and frisk method is that it has revealed that WHITES ARE MORE THAN TWICE AS LIKELY TO BE FOUND WITH A WEAPON THAN BLACKS/LATINO’S.
Only 1.9 percent of frisks in 2011 turned up weapons and interestingly, according to the NYCLU, “a weapon was found in only 1.8 percent of blacks and Latinos frisked, as compared to a weapon being found in 3.8 percent of whites frisked.”
The most enraging facts about Bloomberg’s/NYPD’s Stop And Frisk method.
A trove of leaked classified reports has confirmed what many had suspected – US drone kills in Pakistan are not the precision strikes against top-level al-Qaeda terrorists they are portrayed as by the Obama administration.
Instead, many of the attacks are aimed at suspected low-level tribal militants, who may pose no direct danger to the United States – and for many there appears to be little evidence to justify the assassinations.
Top secret documents obtained by McClatchy newspapers in the US show the locations, identities and numbers of those attacked and killed in Pakistan in 2006-8 and 2010-11, as well as explanations for why the targets were picked.
The statistics illustrate the breadth of the US ‘drone doctrine’ – which has never been defined by consecutive US administrations. Between 1,990 and 3,308 people are reported to have been killed in the drone strikes in Pakistan since 2004, the vast majority of them during the Obama terms.
In the 12-month period up to 2011, 43 out of 95 drone strikes in the reports (which give an account of the vast majority of US operations in the country) were not aimed at al-Qaeda at all. And 265 out of 482 people killed in those assassinations, were defined internally as “extremists”.
Indeed, only six of the men killed – less than two percent – were senior al-Qaeda leaders.
Some of the groups include the Haqqani network and the Taliban Movement of Pakistan, both militant organizations, but ones the US did not designate as terrorists until 2012 and 2010 respectively. Neither one has ever conducted an attack on US soil.
It also confirms that attacks during the George W. Bush era, were conducted on targets picked by ISI, Pakistan’s security agency, which has no obligations to comply with US legal criteria.
Furthermore, in some cases it is difficult to confirm that the targets were militants at all.
TW for Police Brutality
I know it’s a little late but this video proves East Flatbush, Brooklyn was in fact declared a “Frozen Zone” by the NYPD during the Kimani Gray protests on March 13th.
@ 2:10, a plainclothes officer tells the cameraman to leave to which he replies “It’s my right”. The officer responds by saying “Right now this is a frozen zone so it’s not your right.”
At 40 seconds the officer is seen telling the press to move to another area which had no view of the arrests or protest. Immediately after that, an officer on a megaphone tells the crowd that they have “30 seconds to leave” or they will be arrested. The cops then kettle the crowd and arrest a few young people who were unable to leave in time.
J. Kēhaulani Kauanui (The Politics of Hawaiian Blood and Sovereignty in Rice v. Cayetano)
yes hello this is government. your choices are a) we own you and b) you vote and then we still own you
“What better way to enslave a man than to give him the vote and call him free?” - H. Rap Brown
Bambu says: #BANGONTHESYSTEM
kick in the closed door of the future..