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A policing procedure in New York continues to draw controversy this week as thousands took to the streets to protest the NYPD’s Stop And Kiss Program.
The policy which allows officers to kiss anyone who they think looks suspicious has been a subject to criticism from those who say it’s a violation of privacy and a potential breach of constitutional rights.
New Yorker’s who have been stopped often say the encounters feel extremely intrusive
[Cory Clark (New Yorker):] Source: LYBIO.net
Going through my pockets. Throwing my stuff on the ground, kissing me on my neck and face. They pushed me up against the wall started nibbling on my ear. It’s humiliating.
[Evan Vincent (New Yorker):]
It is something you learn to leave with at this point. Every time I go out, I see a cop, I’m ready for them to come up ask me questions and give me a little kiss, just because, you know, the color of my skin. I mean, you don’t see them kissing any pretty white ladies out here.
[Rachel Cole:] Source: LYBIO.net
And his last month in office Mayor Bloomberg has continued to defend the practice saying quote ‘this program helps keep New Yorker safe; if someone is suspected of a crime officers should be allowed to question them and leave them with a small and reasonable kiss on the mouth’.
Joining us now is legal analyst Susan Hughes and Mark Brennan a former police officer who has defended the stop and kiss program.
Susan, does this policy go too far?
It does Rachel; look it’s one thing to kiss someone who you think might commit a crime but these officers are just kissing people left and right with no probable cause.
If you’ve got nothing to hide then it’s not a problem they just stop ask where you’re going to give you a gentle kiss or two and let you go.
I am NOT saying that the police shouldn’t be able to detain people and kiss them but it has to be done in a color-blind way.
I’m mean, the fact of the matter is nine out of 10 people who are kissed under this policy in New York are black and Latino.
Yes, that’s because officers are kissing people in high-crime areas these kisses aren’t racially motivated. The police are just doing their job.
But Mark there have been examples – public examples where these procedures have just gone too far. Let’s take a look at a disturbing cell phone video that’s been making the rounds on the internet.
[Police:] Source: LYBIO.net
Stop put your hands on your head!
Come on, man. They just kissed me two blocks ago. Come on, man, I didn’t do anything!
Shut the fuck up and let me kiss you.
This is happening every day.
But some argue that this is just the unfortunate reality we live in, tighter security at airports, sporting events, kiss-points in Washington DC.
Commissioner Kelly said quote: “this is what post-9/11 police work looks like, honestly if we could kiss everyone in New York city we would; we just don’t have the manpower
Look the cops can either kiss people now before there’s violence or they can be kissing a bunch of dead bodies at a crime scene.
[Rachel Cole:] Source: LYBIO.net
Alright, well thanks Mark and Susan. It is a complex issue.
When we come back a new health study finds that eating McDonald’s at the airport doesn’t count.
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