Frisky Business

  • Aired:  08/13/13
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks New York City's stop-and-frisk program is being unfairly stopped and scrutinized even though it's done nothing wrong. (7:08)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> John: WELCOME!

WELCOME TO "THE DAILY SHOW."

MY NAME IS JOHN OLIVER.

I AM STILL HERE FOR JON STEWART

WHO IS CURRENTLY PREPARING HIS

COSTUME FOR NEXT YEAR'S

CARNIVALE.

HE LOOKS SPECTACULAR.

(LAUGHTER)

OUR GUEST TONIGHT DIRECTOR OF

THE DOCUMENTARY "THE ACT OF

KILLING" JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER WILL

BE WITH US.

MAGNIFICENT FILM.

(APPLAUSE)

WE START TONIGHT RIGHT HERE IN

NEW YORK CITY.

>> STOP AND FRISK IS A

CONTROVERSIAL TACTIC USED BY

POLICE IN BIG CITIES LIKE NEW

YORK, LOS ANGELES, AND

PHILADELPHIA.

IN NEW YORK, IT'S BEEN POLICY

FOR 11 YEARS, DEFINED LIKE THIS:

A PERSON IS TEMPORARILY DETAINED

ON THE STREET AGAINST HIS OR HER

WILL FOR THE PURPOSES OF

QUESTIONING.

>> John: THAT'S RIGHT, STOP

AND FRISK, NOT JUST THE TITLE OF

A '90s RIPOFF OF "TURNER AND

HOOCH" ABOUT A COP WHOSE PARTNER

IS A CAT.

THE MOVIE HAS SOME PROBLEMS ONCE

THE BAD GUYS REALIZE THEY CAN

COMPLETELY DISTRACT THE CAT WITH

A LASER POINTER.

DAMN IT, FRISK, FOCUS!

I'VE ALMOST GOT IT, SARGE!

(LAUGHTER)

FOR YEARS, OPINION IN NEW YORK

HAS BEEN DIVIDED ON --

(LAUGHTER).

I'LL ALLOW IT.

FOR YEARS, OPINION HAS BEEN

DIVIDED ON FRISK WITH BLACK AND

LATINO RESIDENTS OF THE CITY

SAYING IT'S AN INVASION OF THEIR

LIBERTY AND WHITE REDENTS SAYING

"OH, I THINK I HEARD A THING

ABOUT THAT ON NPR.

IS THAT STILL HAPPEN?

ING".

(LAUGHTER)

OBVIOUSLY, I DON'T MEAN TO

SUGGEST THAT IT'S ONLY USE

AGAINST THE CITY'S MINORITIES,

BUT IT IS ALMOST THAT.

>> BETWEEN 2004 AND 2012 THERE

WERE 4.43 MILLION STOPS.

52% WERE BLACK SUSPECTS 3, 1%

WERE HISPANIC.

>> OF THESE THOUSANDS OF DAILY

FRISKS, ONLY 6% LEAD TO AN

ARREST.

>> John: IT'S BASICALLY LIKE

CATCH-AND-RELEASE FISHING EXCEPT

YOU GET TO FEEL THE FISH UP AND

SHOUT AT IT A BIT BEFORE

THROWING IT BACK.

ALSO, ALMOST ALL THE FISH ARE

BROWN.

(LAUGHTER)

THIS POLICY HAS BEEN IN PLACE

FOR OVER A DECADE.

BUT THERE MAY BE SOME GOOD NEWS

ON THE HORIZON IF YOU HAPPEN TO

BE A MINORITY WHO LIKES WALKING.

>> TODAY A FEDERAL JUDGE CALLED

THE N.Y.P.D.'S POLICY OF STOP,

QUESTION, AND FRISK

UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

THE JUDGE SAID THE CITY ADOPTED

A POLICY OF INDIRECT RACIAL

PROFILING.

>> John: IT'S INDIRECT RACIAL

PROFILING.

(LAUGHTER)

IT'S LIKE A COP SAYING "SHOULD

WE FRISK PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE

APOLLO OR OUTSIDE THE JIMMY

BUFFETT CONCERT?

TELL YOU WHAT, LET'S FLIP A COIN

AND THEN HEAD UP TO HARLEM."

(LAUGHTER)

THE JUDGING RULING FOUND THE

POLICE DISPROPORTIONATELY

TARGETED BLACK AND LATINO NEW

YORKERS CITING, FOR EXAMPLE,

THAT BLACK NEW YORKERS ARE 20%

MORE LIKELY TO BE STOPPED FOR

FURTIVE MOVEMENTS EVEN THOUGH,

SHE WRITES, THERE IS NO EVIDENCE

THAT BLACK PEOPLE'S MOVEMENTS

ARE OBJECTIVELY MORE FURTIVE

THAN THE MOVEMENTS OF WHITE

PEOPLE!

(LAUGHTER)

LOOK, LOOK, A JUDICIAL OPINION

IS NOT THE PROPER FORUM TO

DISCUS THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN

WHITE PEOPLE AND BLACK PEOPLE.

ALLOW ME.

WHITE PEOPLE REACH INTO THEIR

POCKETS LIKE THIS.

HUH?

BUT BLACK PEOPLE REACH INTO

THEIR POCKETS IN EXACTLY THE

SAME WAY.

IT'S THE SAME.

(LAUGHTER)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

BUT -- YES, BUT DESPITE ALL OF

THAT, THE JUDGE WASN'T

SUGGESTING THE PROGRAM BE

ABANDONED COMPLETELY.

>> SHE HAS NOT ORDERED THE CITY

TO STOP DOING THIS PROGRAM.

WHAT SHE'S ORDERED IT IS THE

CITY TO CHANGE HOW IT DOES IT.

SHE WANTS A FEDERAL MONITOR TO

LOOK AT THIS PROGRAM.

SHE WANTS TO GATHER MORE DATA ON

IT, WANTS IN SELECTED PRECINCTS

OFFICERS TO WEAR BODY CAMERAS

WHEN TAE DO THESE STOP AND

FRISKS SO THAT COURT CANS GET A

BETTER IDEA OF HOW IT WORKS.

>> John: INTERESTINGLY, THAT

BODY CAMERA IDEA WASN'T

ORIGINAL, IT WAS ALREADY

PROPOSED BY ONE OF THE MAYORAL

CANDIDATES.

I WILL GIVE YOU ONE GUESS WHICH

ONE.

(LAUGHTER)

>> SO AMONG MY PROPOSALS WERE

SUBSTANTIAL ONES ABOUT WHAT YOU

DO IN THE STOP STOP AND FRISK

AIR ERA AND I PROPOSE LAPEL

CAMERAS FOR POLICE OFFICERS.

>> John: YOU HEARD RIGHT,

WEINER IS SUGGESTING BODY

CAMERAS FACING OUT.

BY THE WAY, DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD

IT WAS FOR OUR RESEARCHERS TO

FIND THAT PARTICULAR CLIP?

TRY GOOGLING "WEINER, BODY,

CAMERA" AND SEE HOW MANY HITS

YOU GET.

LET'S BE FAIR, WYNNER IS TRYING

TO KEEP THE CITY FROM DANGER.

CARLOS DANGER.

♪ DANGER, DANGER ♪

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)

ONE PERSON WHO IS NOT HAPPY WITH

THE JUDGE'S RULING IS THE

CURRENT MAYOR.

>> THROUGHOUT THE CASE WE DIDN'T

BELIEVE THAT WE WERE GETTING A

FAIR TRIAL AND THIS DECISION

CONFIRMS THAT SUSPICION AND WE

WILL BE PRESENTING EVIDENCE OF

THAT UNFAIRNESS TO THE APPEALS

COURT.

>> John: HOLD ON.

LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT.

YOU THINK THIS PROGRAM IS BEING

UNFAIRLY STOPPED AND SCRUTINIZED

EVEN THOUGH IT'S DONE NOTHING

WRONG?

(LAUGHTER)

I THINK I KNOW MILLIONS OF

BLACKS AND LATINOS IN THIS CITY

WHO KNOW EXACTLY HOW YOU FEEL.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

BUT BLOOMBERG ISN'T ALONE IN

BEING DISAPPOINTED.

POLICE COMMISSIONER RAY KELLY

BELIEVE THERE IS A SIMPLE WAY

FOR STOP AND FRISK'S TARGET TO

DEAL WITH IT.

>> THE BEST THING FOR SOMEONE TO

DO THAT'S BEING STOPD IS

COOPERATE.

ACCEPT IT AS A FACT OF URBAN

LIFE.

(AUDIENCE REACTS).

>> John: IT'S A FACT OF URBAN

LIFE.

LIKE BIKE LANES OR ALTERNATIVE

PARKING OR YOUR NEIGHBOR LEAVING

HER LABRADOODLE (BLEEP) RIGHT IN

FRONT OF THE BUILDING.

(LAUGHTER)

I KNOW IT WAS YOU, TINA!

PICK UP AFTER ROSCO!

IT'S NOT ROSCO'S FAULT!

THIS POLICY IS EASY TO IGNORE

FOR THOSE WHO DON'T HAVE TO DEAL

WITH ITS CONSEQUENCES.

BUT I'M CURIOUS, FOR THOSE THAT

DO, WHAT IS THIS FACT OF URBAN

LIFE REALLY LIKE?

>> POLICE START RUNNING AT WITH

US THEIR GUNS DRAWN SAYING

EVERYBODY GET ON THE FLOOR, NO

GUN WAS FOUND, NOBODY WAS

ARRESTED.

>> THEY DIDN'T ASK FOR NO I.D.,

THEY JUST SAID PUT YOUR HAND UP.

>> TOUCHED ME ALL OVER, EVEN IN

MY PRIVATE PARTS.

>> JUST GOING THROUGH MY

POCKETS, GOING UP, DOWN.

>> I'LL BREAK YOUR (BLEEP)ING

ARM.

>> FOR WHAT?

>> SHUT YOUR (BLEEP)ING MOUTH!

>> John: I ACTUALLY THINK I

GET IT NOW.

FOR A MOMENT, LET ME ADDRESS THE

WHITE PEOPLE.

YOU KNOW HOW WE FEEL AT THE

AIRPORT WHEN THE T.S.A. IS

PATTING US DOWN UNNECESSARILY

DELAYING US LOOKING FOR WEAPONS

WHICH WE OBVIOUSLY DON'T HAVE

AND WE JUST TRY TO GET TO OUR

GATE?

WELL, IMAGINE YOUR WHOLE

NEIGHBORHOOD IS TERMINAL "B" AT

LAGUARDIA.

(LAUGHTER)

AND THE T.S.A. AGENTS SOMETIMES

TALK TO YOU LIKE THIS.

"BOARDING PASS AND WHAT THE

(BLEEP) ARE YOU LOOKING AT?

OPEN THAT COMPUTER BAG BEFORE I

BREAK YOUR ARM MOTHER

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