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.