From what I see, the NYPD is always around when it comes to facilitating or protecting the interests of well known businesses but when it comes to residents.. they seem to always take their time. To give you an idea, the very first incident in my entire lifetime within NYC where the cops responded as quickly as one would expect them to from a legitimate emergency where people might die was witnessed last year during the occupy wall st protests I would go to. That’s when I saw them actually doing their job like they’re supposed to, only difference was they weren’t applying it in the right place. I’m glad the whole world or at least most of you were watching as they made their stance on who they actually protect when they beat, incarcerated, humiliated, maced and stripped the rights of peaceful protesters operating within legal parameters all for the benefit of keeping the status quo back to “business as usual”.
You all saw how both POC and whites were treated, even the women got a share of the senseless treatment and abuse of power. This is how the NYPD behaved even as the world saw them on the internet and tv worldwide. Now imagine what happens when the cameras aren’t rolling, when you’re not there to watch, when we’re in an area where there aren’t that many whites, when you’re in an area of mostly people of color, and male cops. That’s when their true colors show. You guys only got a glimpse of what we go through every day. These guys that call themselves protectors of law and order are far from it, they’re thugs with a big budget. I don’t say this as your typical angry latino that’s had it, I say this as a person, as someone just like you who’s merely trying to make something of himself despite how easy it is to lose in this city or any city like this one. It’s like a battle royal in this damned place.
The element of surprise has been long lost in me whenever I see ‘NYPD mistreats/shoots/kills a black/latino’ in NY. This has been a saddening realization for me, to no longer express anything but disappointment and hopelessness. Many of you probably read stories like this and may even live in an alright neighborhood so you think “can’t be that bad”. Well it really is. Take it from my point of view (someone who looks far from threatening), I can hardly ever just stand around in front of a building without bringing my risk of being harrassed by cops up 50%.
If I hang at the park at night with friends (not even drinking or smoking weed) I still risk getting stopped and frisked just because we fit the bill of young hispanic (or young and black in someone else’s case). I can’t be in a corner without a general assumption that I “may be selling drugs”, and for this I could also be taken in. I’ve been given summons for walking in the park at night twice, the second time I got taken in and spent the whole day in jail (that was the day I missed out on 4/20 and my niece’s first birthday) because of a past summons I didn’t acknowledge, which I got for “disturbing the peace” when in reality I was waiting for my friend in front of his building - Me and my friends have gotten summons for BBQ’ing, for being in a public park after 10p,.
Now if this is the point of view from someone who doesn’t really fit the bill aside from being brown, just imagine what they do to the ones who do fit their bill of brown and “thuggish-looking”.
I don’t say “fuck NYPD” or fuck the police to be young and edgy, I just really do hate them.
Fact: From 2002 to 2011, New York City recorded 400,000 low-level marijuana arrests, according to analysis. That represented more arrests than under Mr. Bloomberg’s three predecessors put together — a period of 24 years. Most of those arrested have been young black and Hispanic men, and most had no prior criminal convictions.
400,000 times the amount of dollars put into detaining and processing. What a waste of time, effort, and money that can be placed elsewhere.