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NYers to NYPD: 'I Do Not Consent to Being Searched'
The Village Voice ^ | July 21st, 200 | by Chisun Lee

Posted on 07/22/2005 11:06:07 AM PDT by BigFinn


Spend $16.99 so you can wear this to your grave

Reacting to the NYPD's announcement Thursday afternoon that police would randomly—but routinely—search the bags of commuters, one concerned New Yorker quickly created a way for civil libertarians to make their views black-and-white. In a few outraged moments, local immigrant rights activist Tony Lu designed t-shirts bearing the text, "i do not consent to being searched." The minimalist protest-wear can be purchased here, in various styles and sizes. (Lu will not get a cut. The shirts' manufacture, sale, and shipment, will be handled by the online retailer. Lu encourages budget-conscious New Yorkers to make their own and wear them everywhere.)

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly had announced the legally obvious—that New Yorkers are free to decline a search and "turn around and leave." But Lu, who is a lawyer at Urban Justice Center, warned that even well-intentioned cops could interpret people's natural nervousness or anger as "reasonable suspicion." The possibility of unjustified interrogation and even arrest is real, Lu said.

Although police promised they would not engage in racial profiling, Lu said that, as with all street-level policing, people of color and poor immigrants would be particularly vulnerable, especially if encounters lead to arrests.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous; US: New York; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: baaaaa; libertarianfools; nonprofiling; nothintohidehere; nyc; nypd; sheeple; stupidliberals; tshirt; villagevoiceisarag; wot
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To: SandyInSeattle
No, I'm saying the person wearing the
T-Shirt is inviting a confrontation,
and that's never very smart.

Really, inviting a confrontation is never
very smart. Well, I'm all for the T-Shirts and these
searches are missing the point.

These men below invited confrontation and would deport Islam
in a New York City Minute and then the problem is solved.


421 posted on 07/22/2005 1:20:10 PM PDT by Major_Risktaker
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To: durasell; cyborg
Let it rip.

Cy's about to become a respectable married woman; give her a chance to have some fun while she can.

422 posted on 07/22/2005 1:20:19 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: kellynla
have a problem opening your bags to the cops before getting on the subway you can walk...there's the stairs!

Yep, walk right on down one block to the next subway station where you probably won't be randomly selected. Great deterrent.

423 posted on 07/22/2005 1:21:03 PM PDT by flada (Y2K? What are you selling, chicken or sex jelly?)
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To: ArrogantBustard; durasell

LOL!!! You crazy guys :o)


424 posted on 07/22/2005 1:21:10 PM PDT by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: Stu Cohen
Been law-huntin'. Check this out:
425 posted on 07/22/2005 1:21:14 PM PDT by George Smiley (This tagline deliberately targeted journalists.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

I would say that the search was being conducted with the utmost enthusiasm.


426 posted on 07/22/2005 1:21:44 PM PDT by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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To: Stu Cohen
Airlines are private, subways are public.

But AIRPORTS are public.

And you get searched in the public airport, not on the private airplane.

427 posted on 07/22/2005 1:22:41 PM PDT by George Smiley (This tagline deliberately targeted journalists.)
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To: Major_Risktaker

How is wearing a t-shirt like that and defying the police a good thing?


428 posted on 07/22/2005 1:22:45 PM PDT by RedRover
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To: RedRover

Some chicks love a rebel. A t-shirt like that might help you pick up chicks...


429 posted on 07/22/2005 1:23:51 PM PDT by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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To: Common Tator; All
I suggest the New York cops use the British system. Shoot five shots into the head of anyone who refuses to halt and be searched.

That would solve it nicely.

Common sense arrives to the forum.

As a friend of mine says, or perhaps it's just me in my non-on-line alter-ego:

One swift kick in the ass is worth more than one thousand gentle wipes of the ass.

430 posted on 07/22/2005 1:23:57 PM PDT by olde north church (Mithra, the ORIGINAL Son sent to Earth for the salvation of man.)
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To: Alberta's Child
Actually, you have a point.

Professional police forces didn't crop up until around the mid-Nineteenth century.

Before that, it was like the joke about the town too small to have a regular town drunk-- so we all took turns.

431 posted on 07/22/2005 1:25:06 PM PDT by George Smiley (This tagline deliberately targeted journalists.)
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To: BigFinn

What do you expect from a free weekly newspaper that has the most outrageous classified section in the world?


432 posted on 07/22/2005 1:25:46 PM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: SandyInSeattle
THEY'RE ALREADY HERE...

And that is the excuse put forth to shanghai our liberties.

We are not the problem. They are.

INTERN and DEPORT !!!

433 posted on 07/22/2005 1:26:24 PM PDT by Freebird Forever (abolish islam)
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To: George Smiley
And you get searched in the public airport

I don't. Unless I am preparing to board a private plane.

I go to the airport all the time without going through security. They even have a decent resturant there. I don't get searched unless I have a boarding pass and am proceeding to a gate. The gates are private property, leased by the individual airlines.

434 posted on 07/22/2005 1:26:26 PM PDT by Stu Cohen (Press '1' for English)
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To: durasell

Do I dare ask what implement was being used to conduct the search?


435 posted on 07/22/2005 1:26:47 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Stu Cohen
You're not searched at the gates, either.

Try again.

436 posted on 07/22/2005 1:28:22 PM PDT by George Smiley (This tagline deliberately targeted journalists.)
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To: Freebird Forever
And that is the excuse put forth to shanghai our liberties.

Not an excuse, FRiend. A fact.

437 posted on 07/22/2005 1:29:13 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Actually, the funniest part of the story was the old chinese guy sitting at the far end of the car. He didn't show anything. Just sat there passively with his ag of groceries. When I got off the car at the next stop and moved to the car in front, one of the guys in that car said, "You were the the looove shack."


438 posted on 07/22/2005 1:29:52 PM PDT by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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To: Sonny M

Took the subway twice. No bag stop.

I did notice people looking around and checking out each other more closely than usual.

Im gonna get a t-shirt for the Subway that says
"I consent to shooting terrorists dead on sight"


439 posted on 07/22/2005 1:31:24 PM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: George Smiley
You're not searched at the gates, either.

Every time I have flown, I have been searched at the entrance to the airport gates (the area where only those with boarding passes can enter), not upon entering the airport itself. Maybe you act suspicious. *shrug*

Try again.

Every time I have flown, I have been searched at the entrance to the airport gates (the area where only those with boarding passes can enter), not upon entering the airport itself. Maybe you act suspicious. *shrug*

440 posted on 07/22/2005 1:33:47 PM PDT by Stu Cohen (Press '1' for English)
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