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YouTube video shows ugly side of police ‘stop and frisk’

video-shows-stop-frisk_siAs debate over the merits of “stop and frisk” policing continues, a new YouTube video has added fuel to the fire by revealing the disturbing tactics of two Philadelphia officers.

Titled “Police unlawful harassment and racial profiling,” the  video is dated Sept. 27 and shows two pedestrians being stopped  by police officers after saying “hi” to a third, unseen  individual on the street.

“You don’t say ‘Hi’ to strangers,”one officer, identified  as Philip Nace by the Philadelphia Daily News, said as he  confronts the two pedestrians and pushes one against the car. The  other individual is recording the scene on his smartphone as it  unfolds.

After Nace tells the man to put his phone away because he’s   “under investigation,” the phone is set down but continues  to record.

“Investigation of what? I was walking,” the man said, to  which the officer replies,“That’s not what I saw … if you keep  running your mouth I’ll split your wig open.”


The two go back and forth, with the man asking Nace why he’d been  stopped, and Nace offering that he doesn’t know what information  the police have on them.

“Are you accusing me of robbing somebody?” the pedestrian  asks.

“I didn’t accuse you of anything,” Nace said.“I said we  could’ve got a call, that somebody wearing the clothes you’re  wearing just robbed somebody. That’s why we stopped you. Is that  wrong of us?”

When asked if he’s permitted to grab pedestrians in this manner,  Nace replies,“I’ll grab you any way I got to… Why don’t you  shut up? Everyone thinks they’re a [expletive] lawyer and they  don’t know jack [expletive].”

At one point, the officers attempt to justify their actions by  claiming the two pedestrians were jaywalking. Nace also accuses  the two pedestrians of “weakening the country” by   “freeloading.”

The race of the two pedestrians is not clear in the video, but   “stop and frisk” tactics are increasingly coming under fire as  demeaning, and for unfairly targeting minorities without  sufficient cause.

“This is exactly what the city of Philadelphia says its cops  don’t do,” Mary Catherine Roper, senior staff attorney for  the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, told the  Daily News.“The only way we stop it from happening is if the  police department acknowledges that it does happen and takes  steps to root it out.”

In August, a federal judge ruled New York City’s “stop and frisk”   policy unconstitutional on the grounds that it is a form of  racial profiling.

Meanwhile, a new study released in September revealed that “stop  and frisk” tactics are causing a large proportion of the public  to mistrust the police. The lack of faith can become so severe  that even those who are victimized become reluctant to report  crimes.




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  1. […] happened over the past few years, the last thing that we need is another incident that will make racial tensions in this country even worse.  Unfortunately, that appears to be exactly what we are going to get.  […]

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