Video posted on YouTube shows officers in the US city of Philadelphia detain two African-American men under stop-and-frisk policies just because they said “Hi” to a third man on the street.
The video, titled “Police unlawful harassment and racial profiling,” which was published on Sep. 30, 2013, shows the police pushing an African-American man against their cruiser for a frisk because he apparently said “Hi” to a stranger.
“You don’t say ‘Hi’ to strangers,” says one of the officers. “Not in this neighborhood,” the other officer adds.
A second African-American man who is recording the incident on his smartphone is then ordered to put his phone in his pocket and get against the officers’ car for a frisk.
“You’re under investigation,” the officer says. “Investigation of what? I was walking,” the man responds.
At this point, the phone apparently falls on the hood of the car and continues to record.
At one point in the video, the man who is recording the incident reveals that he lives in New Jersey and the officers tell him to go back and never come back to Philadelphia.
“We don’t want you here, anyway. All you do is weaken the f***ing country,” says one of the officers identified as Philip Nace by the Philadelphia Daily News.
“How do I weaken the country? By working?” the African-American man asks. “No, freeloading,” Nancy responds.
Elsewhere in the video where the man explains he is a server at a country club, the police officer says, “Server. Serving weed?”
Human rights activists are increasingly concerned about discriminatory tactics used by the US police against minorities.
In August, a federal judge ruled that the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk tactics violated the constitutional rights of minorities in the city.
Meanwhile, a recent report shows that Los Angeles police officers train police dogs to bite minorities. According to the report, all of the police dog bite victims in the first six month of this year were blacks and Latinos.