"I first met up with Reed’s friends and neighbors on 168th and Third Ave. Standing where Reed was beaten, witnesses explained what they saw on the 26th. But perhaps more telling than their accounts of Reed’s beating are stories from their day-to-day lives. For this group of teenagers, being arrested for trespassing in their own buildings, or biting their tongues as an officer puts his or her hands down their pants during a stop-and-frisk, is nothing shocking. Reed’s beating was the climactic culmination of a long history of police harassment."
MMM’s post below about mentors and being proud of younger women reminded me—the lovely Kristen Gwynne wrote this amazing piece about the NYPD’s constant abuses and harassment of kids of color in New York, and how it led to the beating and the shooting of two young men recently…
It’s long, and it hurts, and she did an amazing job, and it was and is so great to work with her.