Source: Andrew Kirell / Mediaite
Recent video of Philadelphia police officers verbally harassing a couple of minority pedestrians went viral over the weekend, drawing attention once again to the controversial tactics of “stop and frisk” as well as questions about racial profiling and police abuse.
The video, dated Sept. 27, was recently posted to YouTube by one of the frisked pedestrians. After an officer calls out “Yo, my man,” from inside the cruiser, things quickly go downhill. The two officers allege that the two pedestrians said hi to a stranger, and in that particular neighborhood of Philadelphia, “you don’t just say ‘hi’ to strangers.”
Officers exit their vehicle and begin frisking the two men, calling one a “fucking dirty ass.” The men complain that they’ve done nothing wrong, prompting an officer to shout: “Why don’t you shut the fuck up? Everyone thinks they’re a fucking lawyer and they don’t know jack shit.”
Later on, Officer Philip Nace told the two men: “Don’t come to fucking Philadelphia, stay in Jersey.”
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