Although most African-Americans are able to quickly pinpoint instances of racism, it’s difficult to provide quantitative proof to support the act, especially within the judicial system. Thanks to one brave NY Police officer named Pedro Serrano, African-Americans are better able to prove that Black men are are often targeted by NYPD than any other demographic.
Last month Serrano recorded a superior officer, Deputy Inspector Christopher McCormack, telling him to specifically target “male blacks 14 to 21” for stop-and-frisk because they commit crimes. The top Bronx officer is heard saying stop “the right people, the right time, the right location.” Officer Serrano testified Thursday in a Manhattan federal court, saying of his superior: “He meant blacks and Hispanics.” In the recording that was recorded last month at the 40th Precinct in the Bronx, Serrano was heard asking “So what am I supposed to do: Stop every black and Hispanic?” McCormack is heard replying “I have no problem telling you this. Male blacks. And I told you at roll call, and I have no problem [to] tell you this, male blacks 14 to 21.”
Serrano’s tape and testimony were introduced as evidence in a class-action lawsuit against the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk tactic brought by four black New Yorkers who claim they were targeted because of their race. During cross examination, City lawyer Brenda Cooke got Serrano to admit that McCormack never said he wanted Serrano to stop all blacks and Hispanics. “Those specific words, no,” he told her. This is one of many tapes proving the racial discrimination minorities endure in New York City.