Meanwhile, in a "Free" City Nearby...

  1. The fine folks of the NYPD have taken delivery of a portable scanner, allowing them to scan pedestrians for hidden objects from a distance. No need for those messy, not-so-politically-correct "stop & frisks." We'll just remotely strip search everybody!

    Ahhh, yes. I love the smell of freedom in the morning.


    (from the picture of NYPD's unit in the above link, it looks different from the QinetiQ North America's SPO-7 "standoff passive object detection system" that's been in use since ~2008 by the TSA)
  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   TopazLover
    This could get interesting. Now police have the right to go through your pockets to be sure you have no weapon. They can also use whatever they find in your pockets to arrest you. If you have an unmarked pill bottle and your own hydrocodone in your pocket you will be arrested.

    If a scanner is used will they lose the ability to go through pockets? They will aready know there are no weapons.

    I think it depends on how a scanner is used if it will be found to be legal when some lawyer fights it. Currently a cop cannot just stop anyone and frisk. There has to be a reason. I can see some lawyer pushing this point.
  4. by   herring_RN
    NYPD cop admits he taunted innocent 13-year-old boy during stop and frisk

    In the second week of New York City’s stop and frisk trial, Officer Brian Dennis said that calling Devin Almonor a “little girl” wasn’t appropriate behavior. But fellow cop Jonathan Korabel told the court that it was a “lawful frisk.”

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Wednesday, March 27, 2013

    ... In the second week of the trial, the plaintiffs' lawyers pressed Dennis and another officer, Jonathan Korabel, to explain why they stopped Almonor as he walked alone on a Harlem street in 2010. Dennis testified that while responding to 911 calls about a disorderly crowd in the area, he spotted the teen reach for his waistband as if he had a gun.
    "I'm a kid. I'm going home. Leave me alone," Dennis recalled the boy saying. ...

    ... The officers handcuffed Almonor and found no weapon. They took him to a stationhouse.
    His father, a retired police officer, was asked to come get him. When the boy's parents arrived, they argued and tussled with police officers, lawyers for the plaintiffs said outside court. ...

  5. by   TopazLover
    I read that also. Some cops deserve their reputation. Most are honest and hard working. I have met some who can calm down any situation. Obviously there are bottom feeders. They need to get rid of these people who really push people into more desperate behaviors.

    They do testing before people can get into law enforcement. That does not mean that some will not get some form of mental health issues later on.
  6. by   herring_RN
    Stop-and-frisk trial: Cop's secret tape reveals boss ordered him to target blacks males ages 14 to 21

    Officer Pedro Serrano secretly taped a conversation with Deputy Inspector Christopher McCormack, who told him to specifically go after young black males for stop-and-frisk and also told him to focus on the Mott Haven section of the Bronx. ...