A Silent Father’s Day Rebuke to Stop and Frisk

June 17, 2012 at 11:03 pm by: nancy a heitzeg Category: Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Prison Industrial Complex

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Michael Appleton for The New York Times

The New York Times:

In a slow, somber procession, several thousand demonstrators conducted a silent march on Sunday down Fifth Avenue to protest the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policies, which the organizers say single out minority groups and create an atmosphere of martial law for the city’s black and Latino residents…

Police officers stopped nearly 700,000 people last year, 87 percent of them black or Latino. Of those stopped, more than half were also frisked…

At the end of the march, Mr. Jealous, who walked with his 6-year-old daughter, Morgan, on his shoulders, said the silence conveyed the seriousness of the demonstrators.

“In this city of so much hustle and bustle and clamor, sometimes the loudest thing you can do is move together in silence,” he said.

But a few dozen voiced their disagreement with the strategy at the march’s end, chanting: “We can’t be silent. We got to fight back.”