Upon learning that the New York Civil Liberties Union was suing the New York City police department on behalf of a New York Post reporter, we joked around that perhaps this union was a sign that mankind was entering a new era of peace and harmony. If only it were true.
From the News:
The Jamaican-born reporter was let go, in part, because the paper’s editors were caught off guard by the suit he filed May 7, sources told the Daily News.
In a first-person feature that ran in the Post in December, Blair detailed how two cops stopped and searched him near his Bronx home moments after he parked his car on the street.
The incident came amid a spike in complaints lodged against the NYPD by minority-group members claiming they were stopped and frisked by police based on nothing more than skin color.
Blair, who earned a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, charged in his suit that he was the victim of racial profiling. On the lookout for car burglars, two cops stopped Blair on Nov. 28, 2007, after he parked his car and began walking toward his Allerton home.
The officers, William Castillo and Eric Reynolds, cuffed Blair and took him to the 49th Precinct stationhouse, where he was given a summons for disobeying a lawful order and making unreasonable noise. Blair was released after he told cops that he worked for the Post.
The charges against him were later dismissed by a judge.
Oh, well so much for a kinder, gentler New York Post.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 19, 2008