Firelight Produces New Stop-and-Frisk videos
On Monday, federal judge Shira A. Scheindlin issued a ruling that the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices violated the constitutional rights of tens of thousands of New Yorkers and has called for a federal monitor to oversee broad reforms. Stop-and-frisk is a practice of the New York City Police Department by which police officers stop and question tens of thousands of pedestrians annually and frisk them for weapons and other contraband. Critics argue the practice fosters distrustful relationships between communities of color and the police.
Recently, Firelight Films teamed up with Communities United for Police Reform to produce a video series, the Where I Am Going Campaign, which aims to show the real impact of stop-and-frisk on individuals and communities. Over the next few months, we’ll be sharing a number of stories from people directly affected by the policies, beginning with Kasiem Walters, a high school senior from Flatbush, Brooklyn. He has been stopped and frisked by the police eight times in his community. Watch his moving story here.
Documenting these stories is the first step in helping others understand the consequences of stop-and-frisk. If you have an experience with stop-and-frisk that you want to share, let us know through Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #WhereIAmGoing. Or simply share these videos and add your voice to a national conversation on racial profiling.