Yasiin Bey’s (aka Mos Def) Powerful Statement to the NYPD on Stop-and-Frisk [video]

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Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) doesn’t have to do much rapping on his new PSA-style video. Punctuated by Bey’s signature ad-lib singing, he uses snippets from interviews with NYPD officers as well as some gut-wrenching audio from actual NYPD stops. In one clip, a young man asks an officer what he’s being arrested for, to which the officer responds “for being a f***ing mutt!”

There’s no question that the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policies have gone too far.¬†Hopefully, the federal courts recognize this and the police can go back to making the streets safer, rather than intimidating and harassing people of color.

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