This film was created by:
Natalie Rodriguez, Mohammed Khan, Muhammad Haq, Alice Rodriguez, Hodo Yusef, and Joel Perez—students of Freedom and Citizenship, 2015-2016
Teaching Assistant: Max Ridge
Policing in New York
This graph shows the rise and fall of “stop & frisk” policing in New York City. Activists fought to end this practice, and stops fell from nearly 700,000 under Mayor Bloomberg in 2011 to under 23,000 in 2015 under Mayor de Blasio.
Mayor De Blasio has done a lot, but what this graph doesn’t tell you is that about an average of 87% of these people that were arrested each year were found innocent and 54% of those who were arrested were black.
Discrimination still exists so we still have a long way to go. Hoping for it to get better won’t help, because our President is in favor of this biased policy and could even implement it on a federal scale.
We must not wait for something to happen. We must act before it does.
How to protect yourself during a police encounter:
- Be careful what you say to the police. Everything you say can be used against you.
- You have the right to not speak. To exercise this right, “I would like to remain silent.”
- You do not have to say yes to a search of yourself, your belongings, your car or your house. If you do consent, it can affect your rights in court.
To File A Police Misconduct Complaint, Contact the Civilian Complaint Review Board by calling 311 or by visiting www.nyc.gov/html/ccrb
America is officially the world's leading jailer. We hold 5% of the world's population but 25% of its inmates. More than 2.2 million people are behind bars and there are ten times more black people in jail than whites for drug offense but whites use drugs at around the same rate.
The United States spends over $80 billion dollars every year on state prisons, federal facilities and local jails. To keep an individual behind bars usually takes from $20,000- $50,000 per year. It’s a lot of money spent on something that has no benefit on people within the state. Since it is so expensive to keep someone behind bars, only people who commit murder, drug trafficking or any other serious crime should be punished and go to prison.
You Can Make a Change TODAY!
Get involved by:
- Joining protests in your neighborhood/community
- Informing yourself and others about your rights
- Keeping yourself updated on current events in your community