"Illegal weapons are flooding our city's streets," the eerie voice says amongst pictures of AK-47s. "Out of state gun hoarders have made it all too easy to acquire an illegal gun if the price is right. It is our job as professional police officers to legally detect and remove guns by arresting the offenders. This important task ensures the public's safety."
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So begins the video presented to a Manhattan court this week by NYPD attorneys. The footage was used as a defense in Floyd v. City of New York, the case that seeks to upend stop and frisk as an unconstitutional and biased infringement on civilian rights. It's shown to officers in training and basically runs as a 'How To' for the controversial procedure.
And, boy, does it make you uncomfortable.More »