Media outlet Gawker is currently running an ongoing series documenting horror stories of reader run-ins with the NYPD. With “NYPD Harassment Stories,” writer Jason Parham is attempting to shed light on some of the department’s under-reported incidents of brutality.
“Police brutality, which we believe should be treated as a national crisis, is not limited to streets of New York or Los Angeles,” writes Parham. “But examining the actions of the country’s largest and most famous police force, and giving a voice to the victims of its violence, is a start.”
Here’s one reader’s story:
The incident happened about 2 years ago to my husband. My husband is a Dominican of dark complexion. He was exiting the 4 train in the Bronx after a long day of work, at the time he was working security. He saw some one he knew being stopped by the cops made eye contact with the police and kept it moving. He was almost to our apartment building when the same 4 police officers spotted him. The cops asked him where he was going and what he was doing in the area. He told them he was going home. One of the officers ordered him against the wall and said they were going to search him. My husband asked what the reason was but complied being familiar with being brown and dealing with the cops. Two more officers then grabbed each one of his arms while the next hit him in the stomach 3 times telling “next time you see us doing our job you should mind your fucking business”. They took his ID card and left the scene. My husband called to report it but obviously no one ever showed up. Some one mailed his ID to us 2 months later saying they had found it on the street. Check out more at Gawker.