The video, dated September 27, containing strong language shows two unidentified men walking down a North Philadelphia street when two North Philly 25th District police officers stop the men for suspicious behavior. That suspicious behavior was speaking to another man on the street while walking to work.
One of the men is then pushed onto the police cruiser as the other who is videotaping attempts to walk away. The officer demands the man put the phone in his pocket and to place his hands on the car.
The clip rolls for 16 minutes as the officers use racial slurs and allude that the suspects may have been identified in connection with a reported crime. After the man reveals that he is videotaping the incident, Officer Nace continues to berate both men at one point saying “We don’t want you in this country anyway. All you do is weaken the economy.”
Even after running the one of the men’s name and date of birth, the belittlement continues with the officer commenting sarcastically, “You’re clean! You’re a good man!”
A police spokesperson informed Philadelphia’s Daily News that they investigating the incident and an outcome has not been determined. The Daily News could not identify the men in the video or reach them for a comment.
The validity and usefulness of stop-and-frisk profiling by police officers has been called into question by lawmakers, with critics citing statistics that men of color are the primary victims.
Recently, New York Mayor Bloomberg filed a lawsuit against City Council for approving laws that ended stop-and-frisk profiling. The laws would make it easier for people to sue after being targeted by the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk program.