Yes, Gun Control is Racistby Will Grigg
Apr. 03, 2013
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Despite the fact that the practice was known to be illegal, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly ordered officers to continue the notorious “stop-and-frisk” program in order to instill fear of the police in young black and Hispanic men.
In testimony offered as part of a class-action federal lawsuit, state senator Eric Adams, a former NYPD officer, testified that during a July 2010 meeting, Commissioner Kelly “Stated that he targeted and focused on that group because he wanted to instill fear in them that every time that they left their homes they could be stopped by police.”
When Adams pointed out that this is against the law, Kelly reportedly replied “How else are we going to get rid of guns?” Over the past ten years, more than 5 million people have been subjected to warrantless street detention and searches, roughly 90 percent of them young Black or Latino men. Less than one percent of those searches have turned up firearms.
While the “stop-and-frisk” policy has been widely condemned by civil libertarians, relatively few have considered the fact that this patently racist program was created to facilitate gun confiscation – and that civilian disarmament inevitably involves routine and widespread police harassment of this kind.