Video Exclusive: David Floyd on Why He Sued NYPD

In the last 11 years, the New York City Police Department has conducted a staggering 5 million stop-and-frisks. Of those who were stopped and patted down for “seeming suspicious,” 86 percent were black or Latino, according to an NYCLU report. In 2012 alone, police made 533,042 of these stops with 89 percent resulting in no arrest or ticket.

The city insists that the policy keeps guns off the streets. But young black and Latino men describe scenes of fear and toxic stress, of always wondering if the cops are going to throw them up against a wall, strike them, and arrest them.

Claiming that the stop-and-frisk program feeds on racial profiling and violates the constitutional rights of New Yorkers, the legal advocacy group Center for Constitutional Rights filed Floyd, et al v. City of New York, et al, a federal class action suit that seeks to stop the abuses plaintiffs say are built into the program.

The Floyd hearings began last Monday and are expected to continue for weeks or months. As is often the case in legal proceedings, the hearings will stay mostly in the legal weeds. That can make it easy to forget that this is about the day-to-day lives of millions.

One of those is the man the case is named for, David Floyd, a 33-year-old medical student. Colorlines.com caught up with the lead plaintiff in the biggest cop suit around as he was leaving New York City for school after a week in the city to testify in court. He told us that he’s been stopped and frisked twice and that, as an activist, he’s felt and witnessed the trauma that these day-to-day encounters cause.

Watch Floyd tell his story in this exclusive Colorlines.com video.

—Seth Freed Wessler

Two plainclothes police officers shot and killed a teenage boy late Saturday night on a Brooklyn street, after he pointed a handgun at the officers, the police said.

The police said the officers, patrolling in an unmarked car in East Flatbush, came upon the teenager, identified as Kimani Gray, 16, in a group of men just before 11:30 p.m. The teenager separated himself from the group and adjusted his waistband in what the police described as a suspicious manner.

As officers got out of the car to question him, Mr. Gray turned and pointed a .38-caliber Rohm revolver at them, the police said; two officers fired, hitting the teenager. He was pronounced dead a short time later at Kings County Hospital Center.

Mr. Gray did not fire the handgun, which was recovered at the scene. Paul J. Browne, the chief spokesman for the Police Department, said the six-shot revolver was loaded with four live rounds.

“After the anti-crime sergeant and police officer told the suspect to show his hands, which was heard by witnesses, Gray produced a revolver and pointed it at the officers, who fired a total of 11 rounds, striking Gray several times,” Mr. Browne said.

Mr. Gray’s sister, Mahnefah Gray, 19, said that a witness to the shooting told her that her brother had been fixing his belt when he was shot. She, among others who knew Mr. Gray, said they had never known him to have a gun. Even if he had one on Saturday night, he would not have pointed it at police officers, Ms. Gray said.

“He has common sense,” she said.

A woman who lives across the street from the shooting scene said that after the shots were fired, she saw two men, whom she believed to be plainclothes officers, standing over Mr. Gray, who was prone on the sidewalk, clutching his stomach.

“He said, ‘Please don’t let me die,’ ” said the woman, 46, who gave her name only as Vanessa. One of the officers, she said, replied: “Stay down, or we’ll shoot you again.”

anarcho-queer:

Submitted by: sydlow
Thanks sydlow! I just sent this flier to organizers and they love it.

Justice for Reynaldo Cuevas
Reynaldo Cuevas was shot and killed by an NYPD officer on September 7th, 2012, after escaping from an armed robbery at the bodega he worked at. He was dragged 25 feet away by police and left to bleed for 20 minutes as witnesses yelled at them, informing police that he was an employee of the store. A few days later the community held a vigil for Reynaldo and marched with his family to the 42nd precinct to demand justice. Since then, the Cuevas family has held a candlelight vigil every Saturday at the corner of the block here he was killed. Less than two months later, on October 27th, the NYPD rammed into the dirt bike Reynaldo’s cousin and friend were riding, killing one and paralyzing the other. A witness from the scene says the NYPD rammed into the dirt bike purposely. 
We need to let the NYPD know, they cannot get away with this. We will not give up. We are stronger.
More information on facebook, search for “Justice for Reynaldo Cuevas”

anarcho-queer:

Submitted by: sydlow

Thanks sydlow! I just sent this flier to organizers and they love it.

Justice for Reynaldo Cuevas

Reynaldo Cuevas was shot and killed by an NYPD officer on September 7th, 2012, after escaping from an armed robbery at the bodega he worked at. He was dragged 25 feet away by police and left to bleed for 20 minutes as witnesses yelled at them, informing police that he was an employee of the store. A few days later the community held a vigil for Reynaldo and marched with his family to the 42nd precinct to demand justice. Since then, the Cuevas family has held a candlelight vigil every Saturday at the corner of the block here he was killed. Less than two months later, on October 27th, the NYPD rammed into the dirt bike Reynaldo’s cousin and friend were riding, killing one and paralyzing the other. A witness from the scene says the NYPD rammed into the dirt bike purposely. 

We need to let the NYPD know, they cannot get away with this. We will not give up. We are stronger.

More information on facebook, search for “Justice for Reynaldo Cuevas”

TRIGGER WARNING: police brutality, abuse of power, police harassment of a child.
firstladysexyfineass:

hiphopandinsubordination:

thirdeyeblinking:

datingdisastersofaqueergirl:

kemetically-afrolatino:

NYPD Cops handcuff and interrogate Bronx boy, 7, for 10hours over missing $5




“Reyes was handcuffed and verbally, physically and emotionally abused, intimidated, humiliated, embarrassed and defamed,” the documents say. He was then charged with robbery.
“My son was crying, ‘Mommy, it wasn’t me! Mommy, it wasn’t me!’ I never imagined the cops could do that to a child. We’re traumatized,” Wilson Reyes’ distraught mom, Frances Mendez told The Post last night.
“Imagine how I felt seeing my son in handcuffs!’’ she said. “It was horrible. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”






it’s a racist police state in The Bronx, raising kids to be criminals.
school-to-prison pipeline is in full effect #thenewjimcrow



SEVEN FUCKING YEARS OLD
ACAB doesn’t even come close. 

HE IS A BABY 

HE’S A FUCKING CHILD. The fuck, yo?

WHAT THE FUCK

oh jesus fuck
TRIGGER WARNING: police brutality, abuse of power, police harassment of a child.

TRIGGER WARNING: police brutality, abuse of power, police harassment of a child.

firstladysexyfineass:

hiphopandinsubordination:

thirdeyeblinking:

datingdisastersofaqueergirl:

kemetically-afrolatino:

NYPD Cops handcuff and interrogate Bronx boy, 7, for 10hours over missing $5

“Reyes was handcuffed and verbally, physically and emotionally abused, intimidated, humiliated, embarrassed and defamed,” the documents say. He was then charged with robbery.

“My son was crying, ‘Mommy, it wasn’t me! Mommy, it wasn’t me!’ I never imagined the cops could do that to a child. We’re traumatized,” Wilson Reyes’ distraught mom, Frances Mendez told The Post last night.

“Imagine how I felt seeing my son in handcuffs!’’ she said. “It was horrible. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”

it’s a racist police state in The Bronx, raising kids to be criminals.

school-to-prison pipeline is in full effect #thenewjimcrow

SEVEN FUCKING YEARS OLD

ACAB doesn’t even come close. 

HE IS A BABY 

HE’S A FUCKING CHILD. The fuck, yo?

WHAT THE FUCK

oh jesus fuck

TRIGGER WARNING: police brutality, abuse of power, police harassment of a child.

ebbandflower:

17 June 2012

End Stop and Frisk: Silent March Against Racial Profiling

http://www.silentmarchnyc.org/

anarcho-queer:

Justice For Reynaldo Cuevas - FTP March And Vigil
Where: East 169th Street & Franklin Ave. Bronx, NY
When: December 22, 5pm
On September 7th, 2012, a bodega in Bronx, New York was being robbed by three armed masked men. Two of the workers were able to escape during the robbery, the first man ran out towards police with his hands on his head. The second man, 20 year old Reynaldo Cuevas, ran towards the police but tripped over a fire hydrant. Cops then shot him without saying a word. The officer dragged Reynaldo 25 feet away and left him to bleed for 20 minutes even after witnesses yelled at them, informing them that he was an employee. 
A few days later, on  September 12th, the community held a vigil for Reynaldo and marched with his family to the 42nd precinct to demand justice (video). Since then, the Cuevas family has held a candlelight vigil for Reynaldo every Saturday at the corner of the block where he was killed.
Less than two months later on October 27th, the NYPD rammed into the dirt bike which Reynaldo’s cousin and friend were riding. One of the riders, 20 year old Ronald Herrera, died a week later. Reynaldo’s cousin, Loenel Reynaldo, is now paralyzed from the accident. A witness from the scene says the NYPD rammed into the dirt bike purposely.
The community is outraged and we want answers. Join us Saturday, December 22nd for a candle-light vigil and a Fuck The Police march with the Cuevas family to the PSA 7 precinct to demand justice and accountability.
RSVP on Facebook


the vigil was yesterday but this is important, still, to know about.

anarcho-queer:

Justice For Reynaldo Cuevas - FTP March And Vigil

Where: East 169th Street & Franklin Ave. Bronx, NY

When: December 22, 5pm

On September 7th, 2012, a bodega in Bronx, New York was being robbed by three armed masked men. Two of the workers were able to escape during the robbery, the first man ran out towards police with his hands on his head. The second man, 20 year old Reynaldo Cuevas, ran towards the police but tripped over a fire hydrant. Cops then shot him without saying a word. The officer dragged Reynaldo 25 feet away and left him to bleed for 20 minutes even after witnesses yelled at them, informing them that he was an employee. 

A few days later, on  September 12th, the community held a vigil for Reynaldo and marched with his family to the 42nd precinct to demand justice (video). Since then, the Cuevas family has held a candlelight vigil for Reynaldo every Saturday at the corner of the block where he was killed.

Less than two months later on October 27th, the NYPD rammed into the dirt bike which Reynaldo’s cousin and friend were riding. One of the riders, 20 year old Ronald Herrera, died a week later. Reynaldo’s cousin, Loenel Reynaldo, is now paralyzed from the accident. A witness from the scene says the NYPD rammed into the dirt bike purposely.

The community is outraged and we want answers. Join us Saturday, December 22nd for a candle-light vigil and a Fuck The Police march with the Cuevas family to the PSA 7 precinct to demand justice and accountability.

RSVP on Facebook

the vigil was yesterday but this is important, still, to know about.

jalwhite:

 Tamon Robinson’s Mother, Laverne Dobbinson, Owes NYPD $710 For Damages To Police Car That Killed Son 


In April 2012, Tamon Robinson was struck and killed by an NYPD police car after Robinson was allegedly caught stealing cobblestones from a public housing complex.
Six months later, Robinson’s mother says the city is ordering the family to pay $710 to pay for the damages on the very car that killed her 27-year-old son.
45-year-old Laverne Dobbinson told The Daily News, “We’re still grieving, and this is like a slap in the face. They want my son to pay for damage to the vehicle that killed him. It’s crazy.”
An attorney for the family filed an intent to sue the city and hopes to prevent the department from issuing any repairs to the vehicle as the case is still under investigation. “In my 40 years of practicing law in this city I have never seen anything as heartless as this,” the lawyer told The News, referring to the bill sent to Tamon’s family.
According to police, the car was stopped when Robinson ran into it. Witnesses, however, maintain the car hit Robinson directly.
A witness described the incident, claiming, “They hit him. He flew up and he came down. They backed the car up, and they told him to get up. People were yelling out their windows screaming at the cops, ‘We saw what you did.’ ”
Robinson was rushed to a nearby hospital where he fell into a coma. While unconscious, cops kept him  handcuffed to the hospital bed. Six days later, he was declared brain dead and his family made the decision to take him off the respirator.
Rev. Al Sharpton held a rally in honor of Robinson and demanded an investigation, which is still in process, to look into any criminal wrongdoing in the young man’s death.
An NYPD spokesman declined to comment on the $710 bill.

jalwhite:

Tamon Robinson’s Mother, Laverne Dobbinson, Owes NYPD $710 For Damages To Police Car That Killed Son

In April 2012, Tamon Robinson was struck and killed by an NYPD police car after Robinson was allegedly caught stealing cobblestones from a public housing complex.

Six months later, Robinson’s mother says the city is ordering the family to pay $710 to pay for the damages on the very car that killed her 27-year-old son.

45-year-old Laverne Dobbinson told The Daily News, “We’re still grieving, and this is like a slap in the face. They want my son to pay for damage to the vehicle that killed him. It’s crazy.”

An attorney for the family filed an intent to sue the city and hopes to prevent the department from issuing any repairs to the vehicle as the case is still under investigation. “In my 40 years of practicing law in this city I have never seen anything as heartless as this,” the lawyer told The News, referring to the bill sent to Tamon’s family.

According to police, the car was stopped when Robinson ran into it. Witnesses, however, maintain the car hit Robinson directly.

A witness described the incident, claiming, “They hit him. He flew up and he came down. They backed the car up, and they told him to get up. People were yelling out their windows screaming at the cops, ‘We saw what you did.’ ”

Robinson was rushed to a nearby hospital where he fell into a coma. While unconscious, cops kept him handcuffed to the hospital bed. Six days later, he was declared brain dead and his family made the decision to take him off the respirator.

Rev. Al Sharpton held a rally in honor of Robinson and demanded an investigation, which is still in process, to look into any criminal wrongdoing in the young man’s death.

An NYPD spokesman declined to comment on the $710 bill.

TRIGGER WARNING: racist violence, police violence, NYPD
thepeoplesrecord:

Bronx community mourns man shot dead by NYPDSeptember 8, 2012
Earlier today, 20-year-old Bronx Resident, Reynaldo Cuevas was shot and killed by an NYPD officer outside the bodega where he works. According to witnesses, Cuevas had tripped while attempting to escape an armed robbery inside the bodega. Immediately after, a 42nd precinct officer shot his gun, killing Cuevas, who was later dragged by the officer some 20-feet along the sidewalk.
Afterwards community members took to the streets in anger, later marching to the nearby precinct and ending the evening on the corner where Cuevas was shot.
The shooting occurred just one block away from where unarmed 19-year-old Jateik Reed was recently beaten by 42nd precinct officers.
Source
We posted about this recent NYPD murder here. NYPD is a racist, violent gang wreaking havoc on the city, murdering the innocent & getting away with it. 

TRIGGER WARNING: racist violence, police violence, NYPD

TRIGGER WARNING: racist violence, police violence, NYPD

thepeoplesrecord:

Bronx community mourns man shot dead by NYPD
September 8, 2012

Earlier today, 20-year-old Bronx Resident, Reynaldo Cuevas was shot and killed by an NYPD officer outside the bodega where he works. According to witnesses, Cuevas had tripped while attempting to escape an armed robbery inside the bodega. Immediately after, a 42nd precinct officer shot his gun, killing Cuevas, who was later dragged by the officer some 20-feet along the sidewalk.

Afterwards community members took to the streets in anger, later marching to the nearby precinct and ending the evening on the corner where Cuevas was shot.

The shooting occurred just one block away from where unarmed 19-year-old Jateik Reed was recently beaten by 42nd precinct officers.

Source

We posted about this recent NYPD murder here. NYPD is a racist, violent gang wreaking havoc on the city, murdering the innocent & getting away with it. 

TRIGGER WARNING: racist violence, police violence, NYPD