New York City

Arrested for Recording NYPD Stop-and-Frisk, Community Activist Sues


Hadiyah Charles, a community health activist and one of President Obama's "Champions of Change," is suing New York City after police officers arrested her for recording what she regards as an unjust stop-and-frisk of three teenagers.

From the New York Civil Liberties Union's release:

On June 5, 2012, Ms. Charles was walking from her subway stop to her apartment—a two-block stretch on Clifton Place where more than 60 street stops occurred in 2011—when she saw the two officers questioning and frisking three young men she recognized from the neighborhood. It appeared to Ms. Charles that the youths were fixing an upturned bicycle. The youths repeatedly told the officers that they had done nothing wrong and were only fixing the bike.

Ms. Charles approached the officers and the youths and questioned them about what was happening. One of the officers replied that it was "police business." Ms. Charles was asked to step away from the scene. At this point, she stepped back and began recording the incident with her smartphone. One of the officers tried to stop Ms. Charles from filming by repeatedly asking her to step further away. At no time was she interfering with the police officers' actions.

At one point, one of the officers shoved Ms. Charles—an act observed by several witnesses. Ms. Charles told a supervising officer on the scene that she wished to file a complaint. In response, the officers handcuffed Ms. Charles and placed her in the back of a patrol car. Then she was driven to the 79th Precinct and placed in a small holding cell. While she was detained, an officer told her, "This is what happens when you get involved."

Ms. Charles was freed from the cell after about 90 minutes and issued a summons for disorderly conduct, a non-criminal violation, which was subsequently dismissed. None of the three youths involved in the incident was arrested or issued a summons.

Mayor Bloomberg has accused the NYCLU of "viewing the fourth amendment in absolutist terms" for opposing stop-and-frisks. Because only an absolutist would whine about crack policing like this. City Council members are considering a bill that would require officers to obtain permission to conduct a search and also to provide their name, rank, and a reason for the stop.

In Reason's December 2012 issue, Jacob Sullum notes that the NYPD is scaling back its use of stop-and-frisks, which don't seem to be preventing much crime.


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  1. So off topic, but considering the major news topic de jur, as a non-gun person, could someone please explain to me why a firearm having a pistol grip supposedly makes it more lethal?


    1. Sure, no problem.

      Really, it has to do with ballistics. See, with a pistol grip, fuck you, that’s why.

      Hope this helps.

    2. Allegedly easier to aim I guess. There really isn’t a reason. It is just dumb fucks who see a pistol grip on military weapons and assume that it makes it more dangerous.

    3. The pistol grip makes it easier to spray like a GARDEN HOSE OF DEATH!

    4. More comfortable to hold in a variety of aiming positions and for longer periods of time.

      If you look at the traditional wooden stock type rifle, it’s actually not a natural form factor for holding in a firing stance for long periods of time. Your wrist tends to arc downward in an unnatural position.

      The pistol grip can be held in a ready-to-fire position for hours at a time, as a soldier in the field would be expected to do, whereas the hunting rifle is often carried by the hunter in a non-firing stance until a game animal is spotted. Generally speaking, by that point the hunter then carefully levels his rifle for a precise shot– the shot is taken and the rifle returned to a non-firing stance (which may be hooked over the arm, barrel facing down at the ground– the way I was taught to hold a rifle).

  2. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

    Seems pretty “absolute” to me. Perhaps someone should hizzoner Bloombooger to read.

    1. *should teach*

      1. EDIT BUTTON!

        1. There are no take-backs in Internet commenting.

    2. Ol’ Mike has no problem dissing *any* amendment and in the same breath purporting to honor the Constitution. He really is quite amazing.

      1. But he made the trains run on time!

      2. He really is quite amazing a disgusting piece of shit.


      3. He’s a politician.

  3. viewing the fourth amendment in absolutist terms

    Is there any other way to view one’s rights?


      1. If you don’t show proper respect, Mayor Mike will start quartering NYPD cops in your home – while wiping his ass with a roll of Constitution.

  4. Question for all the lurking police officers:

    When you leadership tells you that they’re starting a new stop-and-frisk program, why do you obey that order?

    1. ianaleo

      They have to keep a record of who/where/when they stop-and-frisk. Not doing so is not following orders. Faking it probably results in unpaid suspensions and termination.

      If the cop wants to keep his job he has to do it.

      1. If the cop wants to keep his job he has to do it.

        So it’s about keeping that sweet $80,000+ salary per year?

        Ok, I’m sold. Fuck the constitution and the rule of law for $80,000+ a year.

        1. It is nice to know what some people’s price is.

          1. “I vas only paying zee mortgage…”

            Funny how a guy who could be so on the mark with Thank You For Smoking could write the stuff he did for the Daily Beast.

          2. When you are bullied in high school, have a mediocre IQ, and posses latent homosexual and S&M desires, what could be better?

          3. It is nice to know what some people’s price is.

            That’s what a couple of beligerent (and reprimanded) Bellevue police officers make after a whole 11 years on the job– base salary, not what they make if they join the bomb squad.

            I suspect some smaller burghs they’ll toss the rule of law for even less.

    2. Because it gives me a huge hard on to intimidate and inconvenience random people. Nothing feels better than flexing your muscles.

  5. Obama doesn’t care about black people!

  6. This is why the closeted queen has an overwhelming desire to disarm the public. No consequences for violating the Constitution. The courts won’t enforce/protect people’s rights, no the people have no means to protect themselves.

  7. I hope she wins, these useless, stupid cops are out of control! Enough is enough!

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