Retired NYPD Chief Stands By Stop and Frisk

Tuesday, April 09, 2013


The NYPD's highest ranking person testifying in the federal class action lawsuit against stop and frisk, Joseph Esposito, said on Tuesday that the department is focused on making "quality" stops where crime happens.

The newly retired Esposito, who wore an NYPD uniform for 4 decades, took the stand in a civilian suit and a burgundy tie. He responded several times to the plaintiffs' allegations that police can engage in racial profiling when they conduct stop and frisks, each time saying "If there's reasonable suspicion, there's NO racial profiling."

Esposito conceded that stops went up nearly 700 percent while he held the chief's post, but added that crime also dropped during that time by forty percent.

In one exchange, plaintiffs' attorney Jonathan Moore asked if Esposito ever spoke with Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly about the toll stop and frisk may be having on Black and Latino youth. Esposito responded by saying “the subject may have come up," but when asked if it was a "terrible toll," Esposito said, flatly, “no."


Julianne Welby


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Nan Rubin from Manhattan

We would like to invite you to join the MAGNOLIA MARCH, a traditional New Orleans-style jazz funeral procession that will honor the memory of victims lost to recent gun violence throughout the United States and other places around the world. Known as a Second Line Parade, it will be led by prominent musicians, dancers and artists.

Date: April 27, 2013
Time: 1:00pm ET
Assembly Point: South Plaza, Lincoln Center (Near Damrosch Park)

Outraged by the recent Sandy Hook shooting, NYC based internationally-known tap dancer/percussionist Max Pollak felt compelled to create MAGNOLIA MARCH to provide the public, especially families, children and artists, with an opportunity to mourn and express their feelings. It will also pay respect to those who have lost loved ones in recent acts of violence.

A unique New Orleans tradition rooted in African-American, Latin and Caribbean cultures, the heart of the procession is the jazz band, followed by a "second line" of celebrants who transform a funeral procession into a joyous celebration of life by dancing along with the parade.

With music and dancing, second line parades create a sense of community among participants. The Magnolia March will be a public expression of sympathy to mourn the loss of young victims of violence and promote peace in our communities.

Musicians, families and the public are encouraged to join us!

Please get in touch:
Max Pollak:
Nan Rubin:

Apr. 15 2013 02:00 PM

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