10/10/2012

The Hunted and the Hated: An Inside Look at the NYPD's Stop-and-Frisk Policy


Published on Oct 9, 2012 by 

A secret audio recording of a stop-and-frisk in action sheds unprecedented light on a practice that has put the city's young people of color in the NYPD's crosshairs. Read the full story at:http://www.thenation.com/article/170413/stopped-and-frisked-being-fking-mutt-...

Directed by Ross Tuttle
Produced by Ross Tuttle, Erin Schneider, Stephen Maing
Camera by Ross Tuttle, Stephen Maing
Editing by Stephen Maing, Carla Ruff

A new short documentary, available entirely on YouTube, is taking a hard look at the NYPD practice known as stop-and-frisk. “The Hunted And The Hated,” by filmmakers Ross Tuttle and Erin Schneider, paints a picture of a department rife with illegal quotas and racial profiling, and officers who are fed up with it.


Under the stop-and-frisk policy, the NYPD can do just that to anyone they even suspect of wrongdoing. Initiated by the Bloomberg administration, both the mayor and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly contend it is a successful program administered successfully; but an article accompanying the video in The Nationsays differently:
According to their own stop-and-frisk data, the NYPD stops more than 1,800 New Yorkers a day. A New York Times analysis recently determined that more than 20 percent of those stops involve the use of force. And these are only the numbers that the Department records.  Anecdotal evidence suggests both figures are much higher.
Statistics have also shown that the program disproportionately affects racial minorities.
The documentary revolves around Alvin, a Harlem teen who secretly recorded being detained by police one night, creating one of the only known documents of a stop-and-frisk incident. The uncut recording, available embedded in the article, shows officers telling Alvin that he looks “suspicious,” threatening to break his arm, and telling him that they will arrest him for “being a f**cking mutt.”
What do you think of “The Hunted And The Hated?”



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