This afternoon, ANIMAL spoke with Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli about the NYPD, stop-and-frisk, and what artists can do to raise awareness about social issues in their communities. Kweli was at City Hall Park to speak at a rally hed by the NYCLU and several other organizations in support of the Community Safety Act, a package of bills that would protect New Yorkers against unlawful searches, establish an Inspector General’s office to independently oversee the NYPD, and ban officers from profiling people based on race, religion, ethnicity, age, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, immigration or housing status, language, or disability. City Council will hold a legislative hearing on the Community Safety Act October 10.

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