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Cornel West Arrested at OWS in Harlem

Posted on Oct 22, 2011
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Cornel West hugs an Occupy Wall Street protester in New York City.

NEW YORK—Princeton University professor Cornel West was among a few dozen protesters arrested at a solidarity march on Friday as OWS activists locked arms with members of progressive groups in front of a Harlem police station. The crowd of a couple of hundred was protesting the practice of “stop-and-frisk,” which allows officers to stop and search city residents on the street.

Data shows that blacks and Hispanics are disproportionately targeted by the practice. The stops have become more frequent since Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office. Last year 600,000 stops were performed, 87 percent of which were on nonwhites. Only 7 percent resulted in arrests.

Participation in Friday’s march by Wall Street protesters shows the wide breadth of issues that those encamped in Liberty Plaza want to incorporate into their program. Stop-and-frisk was officially adopted as an OWS issue Thursday when protesters voted to endorse the campaign against the practice during a general assembly.

Click below to see and hear the speech West gave minutes before he and others were arrested. —Alexander Reed Kelly

Justin Elliot at Salon:

The number of stop and frisks have soared under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, with 600,000 stops performed last year. 87 percent of those stopped last year were black or Hispanic, a number disproportionate to their share of the population. And just 7 percent of the stops resulted in arrests, meaning the vast majority of those stopped committed no crime. The NYPD argues the practice reduces crime, but it has been coming under increasingly intense criticism in recent months.

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By skimohawk, October 23, 2011 at 3:25 pm Link to this comment

neither this or the article it links to speak of the reason why West was arrested.
was this an oversight on the reporter’s part? or is it supposed to be a big secret?
(since arrests are public record, I can only assume it was either incompetence or laziness on the part of the person who wrote this “news article”.)

he was arrested for protesting against some (totally unlawful) ordinance the city had imposed?
last time I checked, there were no laws against “protesting”.

what exactly were the charges, Mister Reporter?

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By Bisbonian, October 23, 2011 at 3:03 am Link to this comment
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I remember when we used to have a fourth amendment.  When there had to be probable cause for police to search your property or person.  Go Cornel, and the rest of the marchers!  I want my country back.

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By EmileZ, October 22, 2011 at 2:46 pm Link to this comment

Love - John Coltrane (The first part of Love-Consequences-Serenity from the second side of the Meditations LP)...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2jSgtdVu-Y

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