Why Is the N.Y.P.D. After Me?

December 2011
The New York Times, December 17 2011

Nicholas K. Peart, a witness in a lawsuit brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights against racial profiling, has been stopped and frisked by New York City police officers at least five times. In this NYT op-ed, he shares his powerful personal account of NYPD's systematic stop-and-frisk tactics.

WHEN I was 14, my mother told me not to panic if a police officer stopped me. And she cautioned me to carry ID and never run away from the police or I could be shot. In the nine years since my mother gave me this advice, I have had numerous occasions to consider her wisdom.

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