Activists take the streets of Brooklyn to express concern with NYPD

Activists took to the streets of Brooklyn Thursday to denounce what they are calling the new stop and frisk.

News 12 Staff

May 8, 2020, 1:36 AM

Updated 1,478 days ago

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Activists took to the streets of Brooklyn Thursday to denounce what they are calling the new stop and frisk. 
They say this is in response to several incidents that show police officers punching or aggressively arresting black men while enforcing social distancing rules. 
The activists are calling the NYPD’s actions a double standard. "They're coming into communities of color and they're not giving us the respect they are giving other people in other areas,” said Kevin McCall from the Crisis Action Center. 
The motorcade of dozens of cars left Gateway Mall Thursday evening. That’s where one of the recent arrests happened. 
It is where 20-year-old Stephon Scott was seen punched in the head by an officer during an arrest. 
"He was punched in the face, disrespected, a knee in the back. Three or four officers brutalized this kid,” said McCall. 
Police say this happened after they told a group to disperse and they say Scott tried to jump in a police car. They say he hit an officer in the arm, but the activists say it is part of a larger trend. 
"This is an epidemic while our pandemic is killing and harming our citizens. This epidemic must stop and it must stop now,” said McCall. 
News 12 reached out to the NYPD and they say that out of nearly a million contacts with the public over the last few weeks, "There were 120 arrests during this period between March 16 and May 5 related to social distancing enforcement."
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