In East New York, ‘Fear and Anger’ over Stop-and-Frisk Tactics

In the midst of citywide debates over the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk program, we were very impressed by City Limits’ Brooklyn Bureau‘s recent online package of stories focusing on the program’s implementation in East New York, the Brooklyn neighborhood where officers conducted the highest number of searches in the city last year.

Headlined “Life at the Epicenter of Stop-and-Frisk,” the main article paints a bleak picture of a neighborhood where the 75th Precinct’s tactics have created an atmosphere of “fear and anger.”

Bob Baxon, a resident of East New York, said he was stopped and frisked by the police seven times in one day. (Photo by Pearl Gabel/Brooklyn Bureau)

The men who work out at Judah Brothers [Boxing Gym] know plenty about stop-and-frisk. Young men of color are the prime demographic for stops—according to the NYCLU, over 40 percent of those stopped in 2011 were black and Latino males between 14 and 24.

“I’m used to that. They’re always doing it,” said Ariel Judah, 35. He’s tall, thin, and with a boyish face that makes him look much younger than he is. He says he was stopped recently while walking from the gym down Liberty Avenue, to a nearby corner store.

“‘Where are you going? Do you live around here?'” the officer quizzed him.

“When I see a cop, I’m trying to get away from them,” Judah says. “I don’t have time for that.”

The Brooklyn Bureau also published a database so that readers can search for specific instances where suspects were frisked and searched, and an interactive map that shows all of the stops that occurred in Sector E of the neighborhood.

Another piece, “One Day in the Life of Stop-and-Frisk,” details all of the stops that were conducted by the police on May 15, when the number of stop-and-frisks reached its height. A quick rundown of the list reveals that most of the suspects that were stopped were black.

12:01 a.m.

Sutter Avenue and Georgia Avenue

A 21-year-old Indian male was stopped and frisked because he was suspected of robbery.

12:08 p.m.

Pennsylvania Avenue and Sheffield Avenue

A 32-year-old black male was stopped, frisked and searched because he was suspected of burglary. He was arrested for “transporting building materials.” This was the only arrest of the day.

12:20 p.m.

Georgia Avenue and Blake Avenue

A 41-year-old black male was stopped because he was suspected of robbery.

12:20 p.m.

Georgia Avenue and Blake Avenue

A 29-year-old black male was stopped because he was suspected of robbery.

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