An estimated 50,000 people took to the streets of New York City on Sunday to silently march against the NYPD’s controversial “stop and frisk” policy. The policy allows police officers on the streets to randomly stop people and search them with little to no probable cause. Roughly 300 civil rights groups took part in the march arguing that “stop and frisk” unfairly targets blacks and Hispanics.
In 2011 alone, more than 685,000 people were stopped on the street by NYPD officers despite no charges being filed. Of those people, 87% were black or Hispanic. According to reports from Alternet’s reporter Kristen Gwynne – the peaceful march turned chaotic as officers split the march in two and tried to kettle in group of demonstrators. Several people were arrested.