In case you missed it, this week a New York federal judge ruled on a suit regarding the New York City's controversial "Stop-and-Frisk" laws, which allow police officers a greater amount of leeway in conducting searches and seizures. Critics claim that these laws reinforce racial profiling and have done disproportionate and irreparable damage to communities of color.
Talib Kweli joined Philip Agnew in resounding agreement with the court's ruling, arguing that laws like this reinforce racism and the same kind of mentality that ignited the Trayvon Martin shooting, among others.
“By accepting stop-and-frisk as a policy, you’re telling people that because you live in a poor neighborhood it’s your fault and you deserve to be criminalized," Kweli explained. "And that’s not constitutional.”
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has indicated that the city will appeal the ruling, meaning this could go on to the Supreme Court in due time.
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