by Conor Friedersdorf

“Innocent people are daily stopped by police on the streets of New York, shoved up against a car or a wall, and told that if they verbally complain they’ll be physically assaulted on the spot.  It’s official NYPD policy to temporarily detain and frisk pedestrians who aren’t committing any crime.  The threats and other abusive behavior aren’t officially sanctioned but happen all the time. 

“The stops themselves happen more than 1,800 times per day.”