Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Jim Crow Policing

Bob Herbert on NYPD racial profiling which occurs everywhere else as well.

Even the official reasons given by the police for the stops are laughably bogus. People are stopped for allegedly making “furtive movements,” for wearing clothes “commonly used in a crime,” and, of course, for the “suspicious bulge.” My wallet, my notebook and my cellphone would all apply.

Modesty prevents me from commenting further on the 'suspicious bulge' but at least now I know why I get stopped and frisked all the time...

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