Does the Los Angeles Police Department use stop and frisk in minority communities?

Los Angeles–Four black male teenagers (14 – 15) with no criminal record and committing no crime at all, were stopped by the Los Angeles Police Department as they crossed the street on their walk towards the store.

They were all stopped, handcuffed for 24 minutes, asked if they were gang members, and asked about their identifying information.

After their information was collected, the 4 teens had their handcuffs removed and released.

“When a young non-white male is stopped and searched at the whim of a police officer, his idea of personal space, privacy and self esteem are shattered, to say nothing of his Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment protections. The damage goes deep quickly and stays. Stop & frisk, as well as a tactic, is also an incitement. Not the best thing to engender good conduct and safer communities.

The person stopped is forever criminalized. This is not a preventative measure. It is an exercise in humiliation and emasculation. It works. Fear and resentment of law enforcement is often the result and perhaps the goal (again: the investment). To cleave a certain demographic off from the rest, isolate them, make them understand they are “other” and make that stick — this is a huge part of stop & frisk. The damage done is irreparable. You might get better but you’ll never forget it.” –  Henry Rollins

Date: November 2013
Location: Los Angeles

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