I recently collaborated with Firelight Films to create a series of short documentaries on the controversial policing tactic known as "stop-and-frisk." This project was commissioned by Communities United for Police Reform (CPR), an unprecedented campaign to end discriminatory policing practices in New York.
While researching the project, I attended Lloyd vs. City of New York, a class action lawsuit challenging the NYPD's practice of unconstitutional stop and frisks. In addition to hearing court testimony, I spoke with countless other young people who've been impacted by the policy, as well as police officers, parents and community leaders.
You can watch two of the stories below or view the whole series at whereiamgoing.org.
UPDATE: On August 12th, Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that the NYPD's use of stop-and-frisk violates the constitutional rights of New Yorkers by targeting young minority men and has ordered an independent monitor to oversee sweeping changes to the police department.
In addition, the Columbia Journalism Review recently published a piece highlighting the video series and its powerful use of storytelling.