The app allows witnesses to document stop-and-frisks by police, a tactic which has gotten completely out of hand. But the Post decided to go an alternative route, where facts don’t matter and journalism devolves into propagandist shrill for the NYPD. The Post‘s “source” spewed, “Just what we need, somebody telling kids stopped by the police to quickly pull a handheld advice out of their pocket said one law enforcement source.”
Jennifer Carnig, the Communications Director for the NYCLU responded. “It’s unfortunate the Post went with a story that they didn’t have the facts on and is incorrect. Stop and Frisk Watch is intended for use by people witnessing a police encounter, not by individuals who are the subject of a police stop.”
We’ve reported multiple times on the increasing number of stop-and-frisks, which primarily target young people of color.
And the NYPD’s response? Hypocritical spokesperson Paul Browne had the audacity to mention the word privacy. He told the tabloid that it’s “surprising that the NYCLU wants to create a database of police stops, including arrests, without privacy guarantees.”
Oh, privacy is what we’re talking about now Mr. Browne? What about the privacy of thousands of Muslims that you spied on in New Jersey? Are you concerned about their privacy?
“The NYCLU will use the videos we get to put a face on the humiliating experience of a police street stop, not create a database,” continued Caring. “I hope the Department is familiar with the First Amendment – in our society, people have a clear right to document police activity in public places. This right is especially important when it comes to documenting police interactions with innocent community members.”
“The NYPD tells New Yorkers that if they see something, say something, and the NYCLU agrees. If people see police misconduct or an inappropriate stop-and-frisk, we want them to have the tools to say something about it,” said Jennifer Carnig, the Communications Director for the NYCLU.
If you see something, film something. And stop reading the Post. Just stop.