2011 | Racial Profiling


Synopsis The law permits police officers to stop and frisk people based on “reasonable suspicion.” Do “Stop and Frisk” police practices cause racial profiling, or deter crime?  “Stigma” explores the dynamic between the community and the police through the eyes of three people who grew up on the streets of New York City.

Interviewees David A Harris, Frantz Jerome, Aisha Jordon, Tracey Meares, and Gregory Neuman.

Filmmakers Stephanie Keene, Ally Lamb, and Spencer Wolff (Directors and Producers); Stephanie Keene (Writer); Valarie Kaur and Rebecca Wexler (Producers);Sabrina Gordon (Supervising Editor); Sharat Raju and Rebecca Wexler (Additional Editors)

Production Team Joe Friedman (Cinematographer); Gil Talmi (Music); Sanjeev Brar(Post-Production Sound); Jennifer Bennett, Nicholas Bramble, Megan Corrarino, Nate Freeman, Kevin Jiang, Sharanya Kanikkannn, Ally Lamb, Sharat Raju, and Charles Vogl (Associate Producers)

Scholarship Street Stops and Broken Windows: Terry, Race and Disorder in New York City; An Analysis of the NYPD’s Stop-And-Frisk Policy in the Context of Claims of Racial Bias; Norms, Legitimacy and Law Enforcement; The Legitimacy of Police Among Young African-American Men; Race and Selective Enforcement in Public Housing; Street Stops and Broken Windows Revisited: The Democracy and Logic of Proactive Policing in a Safe and Changing City; Pot as Pretext: Marijuana, Race, and the New Disorder in New York City Street Policing; The Stories, the Statistics and the Law: Why ‘Driving While Black’ Matters; Lawful Policing; Incarceration, Reentry, and Social Capital: Social Networks in the Balance.

Advocacy Color of Change, Rights Working Group, Center for Constitutional Rights, Flex Your Rights, Bronx Defenders, Brotherhood/Sister Sol.

Running Time 13:38

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  1. Ivory Ellison
    Posted January 3, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    This is powerful especially since up here in Washington State the Department of Justice has cited the Seattle Police deparment of abuse of power, and violating civil rights…and wrongful shootings, kicking cuffed persons of interest…and yes profiling…December 2011. After that oversight observation…The Seattle Chief of Police says he may or may not take the suggestions…Even with the Mayor insisting…there is still strong resistance to change…Dangerous situation in Seattle from the police

  2. Alison
    Posted June 12, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    This documentary is so powerful, thank you for your work on this.

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  1. […] experiences of being unjustly stopped and detained by the police in the short film Stigma, which you can watch for free online at the Yale Visual Law Project's website.  A recent New York Times article also profiles another young New Yorker who has been stopped and […]

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