NYC Cop Told to Target Black Men in Stop and Frisk

Protesters walk to federal court where a civil trial examining police stop and frisk tactics is underway in New York, Monday, March 18, 2013. Many of the 5 million New Yorkers stopped, questioned and sometimes frisked by police in the past decade were wrongly targeted because of their race, lawyers for four men who said they were illegally stopped said Monday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

A New York City police officer is testifying that he was told by superiors to target young Black men between the ages of 14 and 21, during hearings to investigate the city’s stop and frisk policy.

According to Think Progress, officer Pedro Serrano testified in court yesterday, and played a covert recording he’d obtained of an interraction with his superior where he was told the race of people to target but not that he should stop everyone of that race:

Stop “the right people, the right time, the right location,” Deputy Inspector Christopher McCormack is heard saying on the recording.

“He meant Blacks and Hispanics,” Officer Pedro Serrano, who made the secret recording, testified Thursday in Manhattan federal court.

“So what am I supposed to do: Stop every Black and Hispanic?” Serrano was heard saying on the tape, which was recorded last month at the 40th Precinct in the Bronx.[…]

“I have no problem telling you this,” the inspector said on the tape. “Male Blacks. And I told you at roll call, and I have no problem [to] tell you this, male blacks 14 to 21.”

During cross examination, City lawyer Brenda Cooke got Serrano to admit that McCormack never said he wanted Serrano to stop all Blacks and Hispanics.

“Those specific words, no,” he told her.

The controversial New York City policy made 685,724 stops in 2011 alone. In total, they have made over 5 million stops, and 85 percent of those stopped were Black or Latino.