Democracy Now: Trial Begins for 20 Arrested in NYPD “Stop and Frisk” Protest


At least 20 activists arrested in October protesting the New York City Police Department’s “Stop and Frisk” policy appeared in court Monday as part of a mass trial on charges of disorderly conduct. Defendants include Princeton University Professor Cornel West, Nellie Hester Bailey of Occupy Harlem and other activists who were arrested during an act of nonviolent civil disobedience at an NYPD precinct office in Harlem. In brief remarks outside the courthouse Monday, West said the activists were there — and even willing to go to jail — out of love for the young people of color who are targeted. Nellie Hester Bailey condemned racial profiling.

Nellie Hester Bailey: “This is racial profiling that has an impact on all communities—immigrant communities, black communities, Latino communities. And we all know that once it starts, it will catch up with the white community, and the tragedy could be as severe as that of Trayvon Martin, because that is how it spirals out of control. So we’re here today to stand firm in unity and solidarity.”

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~ by wheresthemic on May 2, 2012.

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