Can you get jailed for protesting a polemic cop policy in front of a police precinct?
A Manhattan judge delivered a guilty disorderly conduct verdict this afternoon to a group of 20 political protesters, including Princeton Prof Cornel West, the Associated Press reports. The charge is considered a violation, not a crime, and can result in up to 15 days behind bars.
The conviction comes from an Oct. 21 demonstration against stop and frisk.
Then, protesters stood in front of a Harlem precinct with signs, chanting anti stop-and-frisk slogans.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said demonstrators blocked the sidewalk and station entrance and “were seeking to stress their point by getting arrested, and so they did.”
The protesters countered that they “didn’t break the law.”
The Voice recently reported that cops stopped more than 600,000 people in 2010 under the controversial measure. The majority of New Yorkers stopped are black and Hispanic.
Only nine percent of the stops result in arrests.
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 4, 2012