Skip to comments.NYers to NYPD: 'I Do Not Consent to Being Searched'
Posted on 07/22/2005 11:06:07 AM PDT by BigFinn
Reacting to the NYPD's announcement Thursday afternoon that police would randomlybut routinelysearch 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 obviousthat 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.
Fine. Then the cops do not consent to let them on the subway.
"Spend $16.99 so you can wear this to your grave"
That pretty much says it...
Imagine their fat butts walking anywhere
They totally hate this, and think this is one of the dumbest things they have ever been asked to do.
if ya have nothin' to hide; then ya have no reason to object...
maybe the ACLU & the Village Voice would finally wake up to the fact that WE ARE AT WAR if the camel jockeys dropped off one of their infamous IED's at their offices in NYC...
It would make more of a statement if they just wore "I CONSENT TO BEING BOMBED" T-shirts.
yeah, well, no shortage of that sentiment here. Moonbats is a pretty apt description.
They can resign the nypd if they want.
they had better start taking it more seriously - because telling citizens to "report suspicious people" and call an 800 number, is about 100 times dumber then having the police be watchful and picking out people to search.
As a New Yorker, I consent to anything that will make me safer. Of course, I don't travel with handcuffs, tubes of K-Y jelly, and a French maid's uniform in my briefcase as many Village Voice readers do.
In N.Y. I think it would be safer for the community if the cops went around checking diplomatic crates, boxes, and pouches, not to mention diplomats. (dogs from the U.N.)
I just can't wait till one of these bozos wears one of these to the airport.
But the London bobbies are apparently on the job.
"I have friends who are cops.They totally hate this, and think this is one of the dumbest things they have ever been asked to do."
maybe your "friends the cops" would rather pick up pieces of human flesh and place them in an evidence bag?
quite the contrary, although I don't believe a word you said about cops not wanting to "protect and serve" by checking bags; the "dumbest thing" I've heard is your post!
How about start training a bunch of bomb-sniffing dogs? Park a couple, with handlers, at every entrance to the subway, or any other pinch-point.