Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) has teamed up with the Center for Constitutional Rights for a PSA titled “Don’t Tread on Me” that addresses the NYPD’s stop and frisk policy, which targets people of color at a disproportionate rate (out of 5 million stops — which about 4.4 million did not result in an arrest, according to statistics by the New York Civil Liberties Union — 85% of those questioned by law enforcement were Black or Latino). A federal court case, which just heard closing arguments a few days ago after a nine week trial in Manhattan, revealed that the NYPD set quotas for arrests. One police officer testified that he was instructed to target Black males between the ages of 14 and 21. Check the video below for more on this major subject.
[Via The Nation, Think Progress, NPR]