Society

Audio: New York Police Curse, Threaten Young Black Man During Stop-and-Frisk

| by Michael Allen

New York City police officers bullied an African-American man named 'Alvin' during a stop-and-frisk stop in 2011, according to an audio recording (below) published by The Nation.

In the audio clip, the police officers tell Alvin that he is being stopped because he kept looking at them. As Alvin was being searched, one police officer threatened to arrest him for “being a f*cking mutt.”

A second police officer said: "Dude, I’m gonna break your f*cking arm, then I’m gonna punch you in the f*cking face."

Alvin told The Nation: “He grabbed me by my bookbag and he started pushing me down. So I’m going backwards like down the hill and he just kept pushing me, pushing me, it looked like he we was going to hit me. I felt like they was trying to make me resist or fight back,”

New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy allows police officers to stop, question and search anyone for just looking suspicious. The policy has long been criticized as targeting minorities.