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Stop and frisk panel at Brooklyn College

YACINE SIMPORÉ Special to the AmNews | 10/12/2011, 9:54 p.m.
The arrest of Councilman Jumaane Williams at the West Indian American Parade on Sept. 5...
Stop and frisk panel at Brooklyn College

The arrest of Councilman Jumaane Williams at the West Indian American Parade on Sept. 5 brought to light the NYPD's controversial stop and frisk policy, which is accused of being based on race. Williams maintains that if he had been white, he wouldn't have been arrested.

This case has the Black community once again questioning the NYPD's stop and frisk practices toward Black and Latino people.

A month after the arrest, Brooklyn College is examining the NYPD's policy through the case of Williams, a distinguished alumni.

The panel will be held Thursday, Oct. 13 and will be sponsored by the college's Wolfe Institute, along with its journalism program and the campus chapter of the Professional Staff Congress, the CUNY faculty and staff union.

"Stop and frisk is a growing problem that the mayor and the police commissioner have been sweeping under a rug," say the organizers of this event.

Ron Howell, professor in the college's journalism program and organizer of this event, said, "This policy is affecting hundreds of thousands of young men in our city, mostly Blacks and Latinos, and it's time we learned more about it-how many innocent young men it's harming and what alternative policies we can come up with to fight crime."

Despite several attempts to invite police officials to attend this panel, Howell says he didn't receive any response.

"Even when journalists have written tens of thousands of words in magazines about stop and frisk and they go to the deputy commissioner for public information for a response, the routine comment is 'no comment,'" said Howell.

The panel takes place on Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Woody Tanger Auditorium of the Brooklyn College Library from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

For more information, contact the Wolfe Institute for the Humanities by calling (718) 951-5847 or (917) 968-5930.