Tuesday, July 17, 2012

"in 2011, the NYPD stopped someone every 45 seconds"



Must Read: Stop and Frisk Procedures, Photography, Activism and the NYPD: A Conversation with Nina Berman

Via Prison Photography

"I was in the Bronx on another project and I didn’t have my camera out. I saw a man riding a bicycle and a cop stopped him in the middle of the street. He stayed on his bicycle and he just immediately put his arms out in the air, like he knew precisely what position to assume. That’s a whole other thing that interests me; how body language for some people according to their race is a normalized gesture. For white people gestures [associated with Stop & Frisk] would be abnormal gestures.

Last summer, I saw a guy – he looked like he was 17 or 18 years old – in the Bronx and two plain-clothed cops came out and pushed him against a wall and stripped him of everything. It was intense."

Read the full post here.