NYPD Tapes: The Truth About Stop and Frisk’s Race Problem?

A recording of a New York City police officer and his commander seems to get right to the heart of the relationship between the department's stop-and-frisk policy and black and Hispanic men. 

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“No, no, no, this is very important to understand,” the inspector says. “Because it’s the right people, the right time, the right location.”

“Mott Haven is full of black people, so who are the right people?” Serrano asks.

MacCormack: “The problem was male blacks, 14 to 20, 21.”

Serrano: “So what am I supposed to do? Male blacks 14 to 20 wearing dark clothing? What do you want me to do specifically?”

MacCormack: “Hold on, hold on, would you just do me a favor on take it down? Because this is becoming insubordination.”

Serrano: “All right.”

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