Inside NYPD’s Stop & Frisk Policy


In 2011, three plain-clothes NYC police officers stopped a Harlem teenager, two of the officers questioned and frisked him while the third remained in their unmarked car. The teenager secretly captured the interaction on his mobile phone, and the resulting audio is one of the only known recordings of stop-and-frisk in action.

During the course of this recording, the police officers give no legal reason for stopping Alvin, and during the stop the police were aggressive, using unnecessary language and threatened Alvin with violence. Early in the stop and frisk, one of the officers asks, “You want me to smack you?” When Alvin questions the officer as to why he is being threatened with arrest, the other officer responds, “For being a fucking mutt.”

Later in the stop, while police hold Alvin’s arm behind his back, the first police officer says, “Dude, I’m gonna break your fuckin’ arm, then I’m gonna punch you in the fuckin’ face.”

This video contains exclusive audio of the stop and frisk that was carried out by the New York police officers, revealing the discriminatory and unprofessional way in which this controversial policy is being implemented by police on the city’s streets.

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